Antitank guns in French division

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Antitank guns in French division

Post by Kelvin » 19 Jan 2020 15:47

I see during the battle of Sedan in May 1940, French B class 55th infantry division only had 12 x 25mm antitank guns while 71 infantry division only had 8 x 25mm AT guns, is it normal Situation for other 15 x B class divisions in May 1940 ? Thank

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Re: 25mm/37mm AT guns in French division

Post by Kelvin » 21 Jan 2020 15:16

Hi, French Army still used 37mm TF16 gun for antitank role, which infantry division still used that ? Is it all Active and A class infantry divisions all used 25mm AT guns ? Thank

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Re: Antitank guns in French division

Post by Loïc » 26 Jan 2020 00:53

hello

for the serie B half of them, 9 Divisions didn't have 25mm divisional anti-tank company CDAC 53e 54e 60e 62e 63e 64e 65e 66e 68e DI

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Re: Antitank guns in French division

Post by Kelvin » 26 Jan 2020 09:33

Hi, Loic, thank for your help. Did B class divisions still kept 37mm TF16 IG for use in 1940 ?

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Re: Antitank guns in French division

Post by Kelvin » 26 Jan 2020 09:33

Hi, Loic, thank for your help. Did B class divisions still kept 37mm TF16 IG for use in 1940 ? Thank

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Re: Antitank guns in French division

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 01 Feb 2020 05:49

From my notes concerning the French 55th Division. As of 10 May 1940 the AT gun establishment:

One company of 8 47mm. Not clear but suspect this was the division AT company

One company of 8 47mm . This was attached from the 2d Army AT group.

A 'unit' of 3 47mm of a obsolete naval design

One company of 9 37mm. This is of ambigous origin. Possibly attached from the X Corps AT group.

One platoon of 3 25mm belonging to the 11th MG battalion

One company of 22 25mm, part of the 147 Fortress Regiment of the Torcy fortified sector. These regiments were under the control of whatever corps or field division occupied their defense sector. The battalions of the 147 were distributed across the entire defense from & occupied the permanent weapons bunkers near the river & in the second defense zone.

My notes have nothing of any AT guns as part of the infantry regiments. Those may be the 12 25mm identified in the first post. This is drawn from several sources, including Doughtys 'The Breaking Point'

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Re: Antitank guns in French division

Post by Kelvin » 01 Feb 2020 13:57

Carl Schwamberger wrote:
01 Feb 2020 05:49
From my notes concerning the French 55th Division. As of 10 May 1940 the AT gun establishment:

One company of 8 47mm. Not clear but suspect this was the division AT company

One company of 8 47mm . This was attached from the 2d Army AT group.

A 'unit' of 3 47mm of a obsolete naval design

One company of 9 37mm. This is of ambigous origin. Possibly attached from the X Corps AT group.

One platoon of 3 25mm belonging to the 11th MG battalion

One company of 22 25mm, part of the 147 Fortress Regiment of the Torcy fortified sector. These regiments were under the control of whatever corps or field division occupied their defense sector. The battalions of the 147 were distributed across the entire defense from & occupied the permanent weapons bunkers near the river & in the second defense zone.

My notes have nothing of any AT guns as part of the infantry regiments. Those may be the 12 25mm identified in the first post. This is drawn from several sources, including Doughtys 'The Breaking Point'
Hi, Carl, thank for your additional Information. :D

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Re: Antitank guns in French division

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 01 Feb 2020 18:16

Thanks. You should make a effort to cross check all that. Multiple secondary sources tend to be distorted.

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