The First World War
In the hall displaying tanks from the First World War are the venerable ancestors, the first three French tanks from 14-18.
Heirs to the Artillery, they allowed the Infantry to penetrate enemy defences and pursue operations to victory.
Amongst the exhibits on show in this hall are:
St Chamond tank
Renault FT17 tank
Documents published in this section
In analysing the limited success of the heavy tanks, General Estienne came up with the idea of a smaller tracked vehicle, relatively agile and easy to build.
The result of official reaction to Colonel Estienne’s initiative, this tank also was named after its builder.