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CHARGE OF THE FRENCH TANKS

Source:   A St Chamond operating in woodland. Its good turning ability made such operation functional, but it really struggled on sloping terrain  

Robert Georges Nivelle deployed a large number of French tanks in combat for the first time during the flawed Nivelle Offensive

“ONE PROBLEM THE SCHNEIDER FACED WAS THE SPARE PETROL CANISTERS. PLACED OUTSIDE THE HULL, THEY VERY EASILY IGNITED DURING COMBAT”

“LIKE MOST TANKS OF ITS DAY, THE SCHNEIDER WAS INCREDIBLY SLOW WITH ITS 60-HORSEPOWER ENGINE PROPELLING THE ARMOURED BEHEMOTH AT A THEORETICAL TOP SPEED OF ABOUT FIVE MILES PER HOUR.IN PRACTICE IT MIGHT DO HALF THAT”

When discussing the Nivelle Offensive it is all too easy to get wrapped up in the big, obvious questions and conundrums surrounding the fateful attack. Why did Nivelle persist

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