Lady Luck was at our side. Despite some unexpected difficulties, we have managed to test out two new french tank destroyers. But this post will be shorter than usual. These vehicles are very new, and I don’t want to pretend, that we know everything about them in such short notice. The tests were brief, but the front armor schemes are more or less completed. First, let’s take a look at the Tier8 tank destroyer, the AMX AC Mle. 1948, our first frenchie at the same time.
Making up for the lost years
France finished the war at the side of the victors, but the years of german occupation had been lost. To stay among the major powers, the country had to take a huge leap in military technology. After the Second World War, the forced marriage of the french ingenuity and german technology gave birth to many strange creatures in the armored fighting vehicle world. This mixture of technology, like the then ultramodern oscillating turrets with revolver guns and german type suspension with overlapped road wheels proved to be a dead end. In the 50s, these technological venturesome but unbalanced designs flourished both on drawing boards and test ranges. In the end, the medium ranks were filled by solid, imported tanks from the US. Domestic, conventional designs took over in the 60s.
However, abandoned prototypes were given a new life in the virtual space of World of Tanks. For me, these new french tank destroyers look futuristic. Maybe I am just very into the 80s, but the Mle. 1948 somehow reminds me a multirole Cobra tank from the G.I. Joe cartoon. A sleek, modern-looking design with multiple turrets. The more I look at it, the more I expect the backdoors to open in any minute, and viper troopers rush out, battle cries echoing. I can barely wait for a stylish tank skin with the Cobra-insignia on it.
Hold that thought, it’s done!