French Tanks of World War I, Paperback Book

French Tanks of World War I Paperback

Illustrated by Tony Bryan

Part of the New Vanguard series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


This title examines the emergence of the first modern tank, the Renault FT.

It is a little known fact that France fielded more tanks in World War I than any other army.

However, France's early tanks suffered from poor mobility and armor compared to their contemporaries.

Indeed, their initial use on the Chemin des Dames in 1917 was a bloody fiasco.

In spite of initial set-backs, the French army redeemed its reputation with the Renault FT.

The Renault FT pioneered the modern tank design, with armament in a revolutionary central turret and the engine in the rear.

More importantly, the Renault was designed to be cheap and easy to manufacture.

Discover the history of the early French armor developments and their triumphant new design, the Renault FT, that helped to turn the tide of war in the favor of the Allies.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781846035135



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A typically good Osprey booklet from Steve Zaloga, where if one was going to complain it would be that covering the Renault FT, those machines based on tractor chassis and the vehicles best described as land ships means that the coverage of any one of these categories is a bit thin. That said, the real emphasis is on examining the competition and conflict over the deployment of tanks by the French, along with some interesting details of the resulting order of battle.