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Post Info TOPIC: Training Infantry To Work With Tanks


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I read in my book, "French Tanks Of World War One", that the failed Nivelle offensive caused a mutiny among French troops, and General Petain temporarily called off any major offensives and concentrated in getting the tanks and infantry to work together.  Tanks were still a primitive novelty, so I wondered how exactly they went about it.  That might be an interesting diorama subject if anybody knew how it was done.



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Bonjour,

Work betwwen Infantry and tanks was the base of French military doctrine in the Artillery Spéciale, since 1916.

The first reports and military regulations wrote by Général Estienne and signed by Général Joffre and Général Nivelle

never separate Infantry and tanks actions.

Before Juvincourt tank's fights, from April and May 1917, Infantry units designed like tank infantry was in Champlieu to

study French tank doctrine in many exercices with tanks.

For the 400 Saint Chamond and the 400 Schneider, their war potentials was first used by training with Infantry, and not in tank fights

It is for this reason that Renault FT Coys (from 15 tanks) received 10 tanks more for training with Infantry and preserved

their war potentials.

Read, on French website "Mémoire des Hommes" JMO (Journal de Marche et Opérations) from French Infantry Divisions and Infantry Regiment.. . . . .

Bonne lecture - Michel



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Thanks.  I purposely wanted to show an early St. Chamond being used to train infantry, only how would the thing be marked and painted, outside of the base industrial gray?



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