The Char 2C, also known as the FCM 2C, is a French heavy tank, later also seen as a super-heavy tank, developed during World War I but not deployed until after the war. It was, in physical dimensions, the largest operational tank ever made. As their main value was in propaganda, the giants were kept carefully out of harm's way and did not participate in the September 1939 attack on the Siegfried Line. They were used instead for numerous morale-boosting movies, in which they were often shown climbing and crushing old French forts. To the public, they obtained the reputation of invincible super tanks, the imagined dimensions of which far surpassed the actual particulars. When the German Panzerdivisionen, in the execution of Operation Fall Rot, breached the French lines after 10 June 1940, the decision was made to prevent the capture of the famous equipment. On 12 June 1940 the order was given to send the tanks south by rail transport. The broken down tanks N° 92 and 95 were destroyed, at Mairy-Mainville and Piennes respectively. The six remaining tanks hastily embarked on two trains at the station of Landres on 13 June. During the night they hid, still loaded, in the forest of Badonvillers. As no orders had been received regarding their destination, they remained at this spot during the 14th, being bombed in the early afternoon by the Italian Airforce but without incurring any damage. In the late afternoon, an order arrived to send the tanks to Neufchâteau which was reached in the early morning of 15 June. There it was decided to travel to Dijon. However, fifteen kilometres south of Neufchâteau near the Meuse-sur-Meuse station, in a curve of the railway, the track was blocked by a blazing fuel train, while other trains jammed the exit to the rear. Due to the curve, it was impossible to unload the tanks. To prevent a capture of the matériel by the enemy, it was ordered to destroy the vehicles. Charges were placed and the fuel pipes cut. The gasoline was lit and the tanks exploded around 19:00. The crews escaped to the south. The wrecks were subsequently discovered by the 8. Panzerdivision. Later Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering claimed that the tanks had been destroyed by German dive bombers. This German propaganda myth was accepted as an authentic event by contemporary writers and later repeated in many postwar sources. One tank, the Champagne, was nevertheless captured more or less intact and brought to Berlin to be exhibited as a war trophy until disappearing in 1948. After the war, rumours circulated that this vehicle had been transported to the Soviet Union.
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Warlord: Lads, has anyone had issues playing Operation Trident, 1960, in GZM11? Mission crashes once you deploy the paratroopers...
Nov 22, 2022 22:08:07 GMT 1
Grot: Warlord works fine for me
Nov 24, 2022 23:30:01 GMT 1
Warlord: Mate, this same mission?
Dec 1, 2022 1:25:14 GMT 1
Grot: Si Señor , delete maps and scenarios folders . Restart mission see if it helps
Dec 1, 2022 14:15:55 GMT 1
Grot: If nothing works I can upload save file for you after para drop .. there is another drop just after paratroopers landed (from helicopter this time) with 2 mortars and heavy MG
Dec 1, 2022 22:27:26 GMT 1
Warlord: Crash came a tad after the deployment of the heavy support teams, when I sent the paras advancing towards the village on the right; I also had an air raid pummeling the target area. You have a save available from somewhere around that point in the mission?
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