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"German Modification of French Char B Tanks" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on German use of captured French Char B tanks was originally printed in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 5, August 13, 1942.

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It is reported that the Germans are modifying French heavy tanks of the Char B (30-ton) type.

The 75-mm. gun is being transferred from the hull to a new turret. This would be a logical improvement. The gun in its previous position could only fire forward. Moreover, owing to the low mounting in the hull, it could not be fired from the defiladed position, and when crossing antitank trenches the gun barrel was apt to become clogged with earth.


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