French giant tank Char 2C №97 “Normandy” of the commander of the 51st battalion of heavy tanks during the prewar exercises of the French army.
Ahead of the photo – R 35 light tanks escort.
In June 1940 the 51st battalion was immersed in a train and headed for the front line. The railroad was subjected to massive bombardments by German aircraft, and as a result, it was impossible to unload the armored vehicles due to its size and weight in combat. Tanks were set on fire and abandoned by its crews.
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