The French Army in WWII - Page 8




 
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June 16th, 2012  
Gurner
 

Topic: German attack - moral perpective


OK, so we get to the point where the French could never have won. What I'd like to do now is turn around 90 degrees, and ask should they?
OK look at it like this, the crazy neighbours have been quiet for 20 years, I've got an 8 foot chain link around the entire property, I'm asleep in bed at 3.45 am,
and they come in through the wall in an armoured truck, laying down automatic
heavy caliber - boy! I may go down the range, work out, but nothing prepared me for this! I guess that's what it was like for those guys!

Or put it this way, I'd have had to be a little obsessive to even be that prepared (God bless Winston by the way, or what language would we be speaking?) - And by the way, they didn't start the first one, did they? 1.1 million dead?

Just a pacifists point of view, but hey, someone has to start it
June 16th, 2012  
VDKMS
 
The French should have listenend to DeGaulle instead of the old WWI generals.
June 16th, 2012  
Gurner
 

Topic: Char B maintinance


I believe the Germans may have had issues keeping them going.
German engineers in those days did not know the French system, French engineers not always doing their best...
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June 16th, 2012  
George
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by VDKMS
The French should have listenend to DeGaulle instead of the old WWI generals.
They needed someone with up to date thinking that could have made sweeping changes, Kinda like when the Royal Navy retired a bunch of antiquated Admirals & brought in Jackie Fischer who did the Dreadnought & changed the world's navies.
June 17th, 2012  
Gurner
 

Topic: Somua S35, Char B1 info


It seems the French tanks were not fast enough for the kind of war the Germans were fighting, though well armoured:

http://www.tanksinworldwar2.com/france-somua-s35.php

http://www.tanksinworldwar2.com/france-char-b1.php
June 17th, 2012  
Gurner
 
The Somua S35, though fast enough, suffered from having no turret hatch (the Germans later fitted them) and poor reliability. They were committed to early, and were strategically bluffed into falling for a faint. The large amount of chasing about to get back into position that ensued saw most of them broken down.
June 18th, 2012  
perseus
 
 
There were a lot of tactical and strategic factors which cloud the issue. If anything the French got the better of the early tank battles, however the French didn't attempt to retreive damaged tanks off the battlefield, wereas many of the German tanks were repaired using mobile workshops.

Another factor was the relatively complex French logistical system which required seperate specialised fuel transporters. The Germans just stole gasoline from civilian fuelling stations using jerrycans!
 


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