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Often referred to as one of the better tanks of the Frenc Armée de terre, the product from the Société d'Outillage Mécanique et d'Usinage d'Artillerie company was the Char de cavalerie SOMUA 1935 S, or perhaps more commonly known as the SOMUA S35
The SOMUA S35 was a tank that the French cavalry took up in 1936. With a three man crew, the S35 was a tad larger than previous tanks beforehand. As a tank for the cavalry, it has quite a substantial speed of 40 km/h maximum, with a 47 mm SA 35 gun to provide adequate firepower while on the move. Sloped armour on the front also improved the protection capabilities of the 35 mm plates, which made the S35 quite a durable tank.
In War Thunder, the S35 can play into its strengths with its mobility and armour, taking an initiative on the battlefield with other allies to cross the map and get into positions. The 47 mm gun packs a punch, but has little damage with its the small caliber and low reload time due to the commander acting as the gunner and loader in the one-man turret. A great machine to use when its limitations are understood.
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Panzerjäger I - The first German Tank Hunter
There is no need to introduce German tank destroyers, serving during the World War 2. But only one of them was the first German dedicated tank destroyer – the small and light Panzerjäger I. In War Thunder, if you just started your way down the German ground forces technological tree, the Panzerjäger I will be your first tank destroyer as well, being a rank I vehicle with the BR value of 1.7.
The Panzerjäger I’s story start with the PzKpfw I German light tank. This tank, originally designed to be a training vehicle, was armed only with dual rifle-calibre machine guns, and was thus absolutely unfit for combatting enemy armour – a weakness discovered during the Spanish Civil War. Despite that, the Panzer I continued to be used as a frontline vehicle even during initial campaigns of the Second World War. Even before the outbreak of the war, the tank was however already hopelessly obsolete with its machine-gun only armament and light armour, and was next to useless in frontline service.
Germany however possessed hundreds of them in 1939, and the idea to simply phase them out was considered to be potential waste of good chassis. An idea was thus proposed to convert PzKpfw I tanks into an interim light tank destroyer, a vehicle specially designed to combat enemy tanks. During the conversion process, the running gear and chassis were unchanged. The turret was removed and replaced by a lightly armoured casemate, which was open from the top and from the rear (very similar conversion resulted in the Flakpanzer I anti-aircraft vehicle, also available in War Thunder). The new vehicle was designated as the Panzerjäger I ("Tank Hunter").
-Author: Jan "RayPall" Kozák
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