French 1940

The start of a French 1940 battlegroup, all models are from Pithead.

Char B1 bis

In the striking "jigsaw" camouflage pattern. These are Pithead 12mm models - these are very nice models to put together, the tracks are separate pieces that have nice locating pins and matching holes which makes accurate fitting very easy.

 

View showing the large grill on the left side of the tank - this was a key aiming point for German gunners, as the rest of the tank was very well armoured.

SOMUA S35

souma s35

souma s35

Painted with a base coat of white. Then a wash of Vallejo Desert Yellow (Game Colour). Green Vallejo Green Olive, Brown GW Bestial Brown, both thinned heavily. Black outlining with a Staedler pen - the ink seems to dry fairly well over paint. Then a light dry brush of pale sand.

These vehicles were undercoated in white, then have had a thin wash of Green Olive (diluted with water and Klear). This has worked to shade the recesses of the models, but I don't think it has worked well enough to cover the model fully, so I think another coat is required.

Overview of the whole battlegroup - a collection that was unlikely to be fielded together! 1.5 battalions of infantry with MGs and mortars on the right (unpainted). With 5 x 25mm AT guns and 3 47mm AT Guns (probably too many) then the AFVs and transport as seen above.

 

Totals

Unit
Qty
Pts
Figures
Vehicles
CO
1
4
2
HQ
3
6
1
FAO
1
4
Infantry
18
450
90
MG
4
100
16
Mortar
1
6
25mm AT Gun
5
15
5
47mm AT Gun
3
12
3
Panhard P179 A/C
1
1
AMR 33
2
2
Hotchkiss H35
3
3
Renault R35
3
3
SOMUA S35
4
4
Char B1 bis
2
2
Renault AHN 3.5t truck
2
2
Laffly S20TL tractor
2
2
Laffly V15R scout
1
1
Renault UE Tractor
2
2
Totals
153
33

 

What do I still need to get - mainly some artillery. Some motorcycle troops would fit in well.

 

For lots of info about French Organistions see skyfflably.com

 

Infantry Battalion
Qty
Unit
1
HQ
12
Rifle platoon
4
MG platoon
1
81mm mortar platoon
1
25mm ATG + horses
Proportional Attached Divisional Units
1
Recon pltn either cavalry or M/C
1
Engineer platoon
1
ATG either 25mm (30%) or 47mm (20%) none (50%)
1
75mm howitzer
1
155mm howitzer (66%)
1
FOO

Tank Units

There were two types of french "armoured divisions" the DCR and the DLM

Each DCR had

Each DLM had (see enpointe.chez-alice.fr for full details)

 

An Infantry Division comprised

The 25mm Hotchkiss AA would seem to look pretty similar to the German single 20mm

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