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SOMUA S-35 Medium Tank

S-35, SaU-40, SaU-40 DP, Pzkpfw 35C 739(f), Pzkpfw SaU40 740 (f)

The SOMUA S-35 was in 1940, the best medium tank in the world. Designed in 1935 as the standard cavalry tank of the French armored forces, it it was a successful and modern design, combining features such as a cast steel turret and hull, high mobility, sloped armor and powerful main gun in a sleek frame. However it was plagued by a small one man turret which overburdened the commander greatly and the lack of radio's which limited command and control to a very basic level. However, over 500 were in french hands at the time of the invasion, and showed a good account of themselves in the battles to follow. Over 200 were given to the Italian army and the rest were used by occupational forces until 1943 when they were drafted into Volksgrenadier units as a light tank. The S-35 production line was destroyed by retreating units and no additional vehicles were produced. However in late 1939 an assault gun variant of the tank named the SaU-40 entered limited scale production. It featured a high powered APX 75mm gun mounted in the hull front, a the cost of ammunition and armor. As well as the assault gun, a heavy infantry fighting vehicle was designed to arm the elite shock regiments of the Mechanized Dragon Portes infantry. Only about 100 of each were produced and proved very effective in combat, that when the Renault production line was seized by Fallchirmjager, the line was quickly modernized and the first new Pzkpfw SaU40 740(f) heavy assault infantry tanks were rushed to the elite SS Panzergrenadier infantry in time for operation Barbarossa.

Year: 1934 Maneuver: -3 Armor: 12/24/36
Threat Value: 40 Fire Control: -2 Movement: 3/5
Size: 9 Sensors: None Deployement Range: 230 km
Crew: 3 Communications: -1/3km*  

Perks/Flaws: Buttoned Up, Inefficient Controls, Large Sensor Profile (R1) *Due to a shortage, only 1 in 5 had a radio

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
47 mm Sa34 L/34 T 3 6 12 24 0 x7 1 118 -
7.5mm MG T 1 2 4 8 0 x2 1 1250 Rof2, AI, Coax

Variants:

SaU-40 Threat Value: 60 Year: 1940

Change: Armor to 11/22/33, 47mm Ammo to 60, 7.5mm MG Ammo to 600

Add: APX 75mm, Random Shutdown (R1)

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
75mm APX FF 5 10 20 40 0 x9 1 30 -

 

SaU-40 DP Threat Value: 70 Year: 1940

As SaU-40 but:

Change: Movement Ground to 3/4, Size to 10

Add: Partially Exposed Crew (10 Infantry), Passanger Seating (10), Weak Point (R1,Rear)

Pzkpfw 35C 739(f) Threat Value: 45 Year: 1941

Remove: 47 mm Sa34 L/34

Change: 7.5mm MG to 7.92mm MG, Has a Radio

Add: 4.7cm Skoda

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
4.7cm Skoda T 4 8 16 32 0 x8 1 110 -

 

Pzkpfw SaU40 740(f) Threat Value: 75 Year: 1941

Remove: 47 mm Sa34 L/34,

Change: 7.5mm MG to 7.92mm MG, MG Ammo to 600, Armor to 11/22/33, Movement Ground to 3/4, Size to 10, Has a Radio

Add: 4.7cm Skoda, 7.5cm L/24, Partially Exposed Crew (10 Infantry), Passanger Seating (10), Weak Point (R1,Rear), Random Shutdown (R1)

Name Arc S M L Ex Acc DM # Ammo Spec
4.7cm Skoda T 4 8 16 32 0 x8 1 110 -
7.5cm L/24 FF 5 10 20 40 0 x7 1 30 -