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French Char B1 bis

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The Char B1 was a French heavy tank manufactured before the Second World War. It was a specialised heavy break-through vehicle, originally conceived as a self-propelled gun with a 75 mm howitzer in the hull; later a 47 mm gun in a turret was added, to allow it to function also as a Char de Bataille, a "battle tank" fighting enemy armour, equipping the armoured divisions of the Infantry Arm.

French Char B1

Among the most powerfully armed and armoured tanks of its day, the type was very effective in direct confrontations with German armour in 1940 during the Battle of France, but a slow speed and high fuel consumption made it ill-adapted to the war of movement then fought. After the defeat of France captured Char B1 (bis) would be used by Germany, some rebuilt as flamethrowers or mechanised artillery.

It's as the German flamethrower variant that is sold for Flames of War. At the time of writing (Jan 2011) they don't sell an early war French version. I got two blisters of the Char B1.

French Char B1

Though having looked at the army lists in the Blitzkrieg book it looks like I should really have three, however there were only two in the shop when I bought them. So I ordered a third when I made a recent order for Flames of War.

Update: I then re-read the army lists to realise that I probably need a fourth model for an HQ tank.

Within the blister you get the resin hull and turret whilst the rest of the model is whitemetal.

French Char B1

You have the option to make it into a German late-war Flammwagen B-2(f) however as I bought these for Blitzkreig I will be making them as Early War French.

French Char B1

Here are the three resin hulls lined up.

French Char B1

They are smaller than I expected. For some reason I had this impression that the Char B1 was a really large tank. Well compared to other Early War tanks it is, however compared to Late War tanks it's quite small.

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