Ariecho, on Aug 16 2011 - 19:30, said:
You Sir, are incorrect. While the French doctrine was awful, the tanks were actually better than what the Germans had to oppose in 1940. Only the 88mm guns and the Luftwaffe could inflict any damage on them. As a matter of fact, the Wermacht incorporated some of the French tanks into its own ranks, a fact that is actually also reported into this very game.
No sir, you are the one who is incorrect. The best of the French tanks at the start of the war only had 1 or two man turrets where the commander also doubled as either the gunner or the loader. Nor did they routinely mount radios. Additionally, they were armed with low velocity guns (47mm's). Having the tank commander either firing or loading dramatically reduced his ability to control either his vehicle...or in the case of platoon and company comanders their commands...since they couldn't contact individual vehicles on radios. It's a myth that their tanks wer superior to german vehicles.
Starting with the Pz III every single German vehicle had a 3 man turret...which allowed vehicle commanders to direct not just their own vehicles but others as well, since they had radios in ALL their tanks. These two seemingly isolated technical items ALLOWED their superior doctrine to scythe through the French and British forces. The Germans only suffered 2 reverses one by a battalion of Matilda II's @ Arras (oh, and just how does the game justify mounting a 76.2mm gun on a tank that couldn't take a gun larger than a 2 pdr/40mm???? the mind boggles, but I digress). The 2nd reverse was by the division commanded by Charles DeGaul, but they were unable to exploit their sucess as most of the French tanks either ran out of fuel, broke down, or ran out of ammunition.
Thus, as, I have shown, French tanks were NOT superior to German designs in any real way.