French tank casualties.

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French tank casualties.

Post by tigre » Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:42 am

Hello to all :D; some data I've found in this article, any other figures on this?.....................

French tank casualties in the World War.

The author states the French constructed 3,177 light and medium tanks, between September 1917 and November 1918; of these 2,720 were issued to the army and 1,949 participated in the fighting.

The 1,949 tanks participated in 26 battles and skirmishes. It is rather difficult to arrive at conclusions as casualties incurred to tanks in battle because, for example, at Mery-Belloy on 11 June 1918, 162 tanks participated on a 5 1/2 mile front and 73 were destroyed either by cannon fire or trench mortars. Again on 12-13 September 1913 at St. Mihiel, 151 tanks participated on a 4 1/2 mile front and only one tank was hit by shell fire and two were destroyed by mines. The variation of tank casualties was probably due to influence of terrain, defensive measures of the defenders and the fire-support. The width of the sector apparently did not influence the tank casualties.

In all the engagements the French actually lost 748 tanks; of these 657 were destroyed by cannon fire, 16 destroyed by mines, 4 were destroyed by infantry machine-gun fire (and flames), and 71 were destroyed by unknown causes. French reports give the casualties to personnel as 303 killed, 1,459 wounded, and 251 missing.

Source: FRANZOSISCHE TANKVERLUSTE IM WELTKRIEG. [French tank casualties in the World War.] Lieutenant Ehrhardt, Retired. Periodical Articles Catalog. RML. June 1936.

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