- "The Pride of our Maginot Girls' Academy, The Cavalry Tank! Somua S35"
Built from 1936 until 1940 to equip the armoured divisions of the Cavalry, it was for its time a relatively agile medium-weight tank, superior in armour and armament to its French and foreign competitors, such as the contemporary versions of the German Panzerkampfwagen III. It was used by France against the Germany during The Battle of France, after the Fall of France the Germany (under the name Panzerkampfwagen 35-S 739(f)) and it's allies used it against Soviet Union or used them for police purposes.
During the German invasion of May 1940, the SOMUA S35 proved itself to be a tactically effective type, but this was negated by the French command's strategic mistakes in deploying the Cavalry armoured divisions. After the defeat of France in June 1940, limiting production to a number of about 440, captured SOMUA S35s were used by the Axis powers, some of them on the Eastern Front. A derived type, the SOMUA S40, with an improved suspension, lowered hull cast and welded turret armour, had been planned to replace the original version on the production lines in July 1940. Agreements to produce this improved type for the benefit of Vichy France, Germany and Japan, ultimately did not lead to any manufacture.
While France did inevitably fall as previously stated the SOMUA S35 is considered the best medium tank of the 30s and best French tank of World War II for multiple reasons. The 47mm armour and gun were superior to its French and foreign counterparts at the time, such as the versions of the Panzer III commonly used at the time. The French Army preferred to fight a defensive battle, and was convinced it would be victorious in such an engagement, but was realistic enough to understand that the strategic solution might force it it wage offensive warfare. It has good speed at 40kmh/25mph, an adequate range of 230km/80m, its 47mm gun was powerful enough to easily destroy its two probable opponents - the Soviet BT-7 and German Panzer III - and its 40-47mm armour was thick enough to be practically immune to the fire of both at normal battle ranges; the armour of any German tank in May 1940 could be penetrated by the S35s 47mm up to 1000 meters.
It could carry out deep strategic penetrations and destroy enemy armour reserves trying to prevent them, possesing a good anti-tank capacity.
In Girls und Panzer
The SOMUA S35 is mentioned only briefly in the Anzio OVA.. During the Ooarai's briefing for the upcoming match against Anzio, on the board it's stated that in Anzio's previous match Maginot field 2 SOMUA S35.
Fierce Fight! It's the Maginot Battle!
2 SOMUA S35 are also used by Maginot in a mock battle against Ooarai. The 2 SOMUA are labelled Spade Bleu (for Eclair's one) and Heart Bleu (for Fondue's one). In the match Heart Bleu will shot down Duck Team and will be immobilised by the Rabbit Team and Spade Bleu will be take down by Miho and Anglerfish Team.
Gekkan Senshado Magazine
|Light Tanks and Tankettes||Panzerkampfwagen II • Panzer 38(t) • Crusader • M24 Chaffee • M22 Locust • T-70 • Type 95 Ha-Go • Type 97 Te-Ke • BT-42 • AMR-35 • R35 • FT-17 • CV L3/33 • 7TP • TK Tankette|
|Medium Tanks||Panzerkampfwagen III • Panzerkampfwagen IV • Panzerkampfwagen V "Panther" • Matilda II • Centurion Mark I • M3 Lee • M4 Sherman • T-34 • T-44 • Type 89 I-Go/Chi-Ro • Type 3 Chi-Nu • Type 97 Chi-Ha • Somua S35 • M13/40
|Heavy Tanks||Panzerkampfwagen VI "Tiger" • Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B "Tiger II" • VK45.01 Porsche Tiger • Panzerkampfwagen VIII "Maus" • Churchill Mark VII • Black Prince • IS-2 • KV-2 • M26 Pershing • Renault B1 Bis • Carro Armato P40|
|Tank Destroyers||Sturmgeschütz III • Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" • Jagdpanzer IV • Jagdpanther • Elefant • Jagdtiger • T28 Super Heavy Tank • Semovente da 75/18|
|Self-Propelled Artillery||Karl-Gerät Mortar|
|Main Battle Tank||Type 10|