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7.SS Somua S35 by Wolfenkrieger 7.SS Somua S35 by Wolfenkrieger
Somua in Axis service,

After the fall of France a number of S 35s (297 were captured according to some sources) were taken into service with the Wehrmacht as the Panzerkampfwagen 35-S 739(f).
The Germans modified the cupola by cutting its top off and installing a simple hatch. On 10 December 1940 the first German tank unit equipped with French Beutepanzer was formed: 201. Panzerregiment with 118 tanks, 36 of these were S 35s, the rest "38Hs". On 10 February 1941 202. Panzerregiment was established; both regiments were united into Panzerbrigade 100. On 27 January the independent 301. Panzerabteilung was formed with French vehicles; total S 35 organic strength in the Wehrmacht was thus ninety. On 22 March this independent battalion replaced the Second Battalion of 201 Panzerregiment, which battalion was renamed to 211. Panzerabteilung and sent to Finland in June, the only German unit with S 35s that would fight on the Eastern Front. The 21st and 25th Panzerdivision in 1943 used some S 35s when reforming after having been largely destroyed. Some vehicles had their superstructure removed and were used for driver-training, while others were used for security duties. Some of these units fought in Normandy in 1944, such as Panzer Ersatz und Ausbildungs Abteilung 100 and Panzer Abteilung 206, while others were used in Yugoslavia for anti-partisan duties (7.SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division "Prinz Eugen", 12. Panzer-Kompanie z.b.V. and I./Panzer-Regiment 202). There were still twelve S 35s listed as in German service on 30 December 1944.

Some of the captured S 35s were delivered to German allies: 32 to Italy in 1941, two to Hungary in 1942 and six to Bulgaria in 1943. They were used by the Italians for training purposes and to equip a reserve unit. The Bulgarian vehicles were after the war used by police units.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Somua tank was great but quite small and the gun is a bit too small but else excellent tank.
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Wolfenkrieger Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Was good in the first days but late only for security and anti insurgency duties.

Here are some French Tanks in Hungarian Army


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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
a pretty decent tank in my own opinion.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Yes, but there was major flaws

1) 2 men crew : tank commander was overworked in his one-man turret, even when the tank wasn't a troop/squad leader, and so had no radio.

2) no intercom for the crew

3) made of two parts bolted together. It tended to split at the seams when it got hit at the junction between the two parts.
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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
im aware of the tanks faults, but I still consider it a decent tank nontheless 
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Sure, it was.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012   Photographer
Yes, that is exactly right. And my father, Ensign (zászlós) Aladár Szabó was the last commander of the Somua section (two tanks) of the 101st Independent Tank Company that fought as a counter-insurgency unit from 1942-1944.
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