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French Tanks of World War II (2): Cavalry Tanks and AFV's (New…

por Steven J. Zaloga

Séries: Osprey New Vanguard (213)

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The design quality of France's armored vehicles is somewhat forgotten in light of the myth of superiority surrounding the German Panzers' role in the Blitzkrieg against France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The second volume of two covering the French tanks of World War II, this title focuses primarily on the design, development, combat performance, and technical features of France's armored cavalry vehicles, including the AMR and AMC families of light reconnaissance tanks, and the famous Somua S.35 cavalry tank. Also examined are the wide array of armored cars and half-tracks employed by the French Cavalry, and the extensively produced Hotchkiss H-35/H-39 series that was designed for the Cavalry but also saw widespread use by the Infantry. This volume also looks at the specialized armored vehicles used by the French military, including the Chenillette US, Lorraine, and the various tank destroyer types brought hastily into service in 1940.… (mais)
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It turns out that I rather liked Zaloga's "New Vanguard' number dealing with the cavalry AFVs of the French Third Republic as compared to his coverage of infantry-oriented machines. To a large degree this is due to how the various armored cars, half-tracks and scout & combat tanks fitted into a more coherent doctrinal and organizational system. Also, Zaloga reconsiders some of the verities of the French failures of 1940 to conclude that the analysis that credits the French with armored preponderance on paper probably just aren't accurate; the Germans were generally just ahead of the French in actuality when it came to mechanized warfare. Which takes you right back to the unexpected success of the German offensive through the Ardennes, that in retrospect looks like something of a fluke. At the end of the day you also know that there will be a hardbound compilation of Zaloga's Osprey writings on French armor. ( )
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The design quality of France's armored vehicles is somewhat forgotten in light of the myth of superiority surrounding the German Panzers' role in the Blitzkrieg against France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The second volume of two covering the French tanks of World War II, this title focuses primarily on the design, development, combat performance, and technical features of France's armored cavalry vehicles, including the AMR and AMC families of light reconnaissance tanks, and the famous Somua S.35 cavalry tank. Also examined are the wide array of armored cars and half-tracks employed by the French Cavalry, and the extensively produced Hotchkiss H-35/H-39 series that was designed for the Cavalry but also saw widespread use by the Infantry. This volume also looks at the specialized armored vehicles used by the French military, including the Chenillette US, Lorraine, and the various tank destroyer types brought hastily into service in 1940.

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