Originally Posted by mmarsh
Actually in 1940 the best tanks were French. The Somua-35 and the Bis-1 were far better than anything the Germans or British had. France's error was not to group them in Armored divisions but to use them as infantry support. Had they done so they would have been able to blunt and even stop the German Blitzkreig.
You're right about the French tanks being better than most of what the Germans had at the time and their lack of proper use in the French Army. However, even if they had grouped them into armoured divisions I still think the Germans would have outmanauvered them due to superior tactics and the element of surprise.
This would never have happened though due to the organisation of the French Army at the time, one of the key tenets being that the Maginot Line was impassible and that the Germans could never send armour through the Ardennes Region.