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FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
FCM 36 from Saumur

The Museum of Armored Vehicles in the French city of Saumur boasts one of the largest collections of tanks in the world. Among its exhibits, there are also unique ones, such as the last surviving light tank FCM 36. You can read about the creation and the poor history of the combat use of this interesting combat vehicle in the article FCM 36: Ahead of its Time. In the same review, we suggest getting to know this Frenchy better.

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​The last surviving FCM 36 is located at the Tank Museum in Saumur - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
The last surviving FCM 36 is located at the Tank Museum in Saumur
​​In 2009, the tank was restored to running condition - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​In 2009, the tank was restored to running condition
​​Registration number 30070 corresponds to a tank from the 4th BCC (Tank battalion) - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Registration number 30070 corresponds to a tank from the 4th BCC (Tank battalion)
​​Tanks are built in the exposition quite tightly - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Tanks are built in the exposition quite tightly
​​View of FCM 36 from from the stern - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​View of FCM 36 from from the stern
​​Even against the background of other French tanks, the FCM is characterized by a general conciseness of forms - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Even against the background of other French tanks, the FCM is characterized by a general conciseness of forms
​Thanks to the construction of the hatch in the marching position, the tank mechanic-driver has an excellent view - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
Thanks to the construction of the hatch in the marching position, the tank mechanic-driver has an excellent view
​​Upper hatch flap - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Upper hatch flap
​A device that makes it easier to open and close the hatch. There was no more space for him inside - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
A device that makes it easier to open and close the hatch. There was no more space for him inside
​Headlamp with light masking cover. Typical equipment of French tanks of the 30s - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
Headlamp with light masking cover. Typical equipment of French tanks of the 30s
​Many French tanks used chains instead of cables - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
Many French tanks used chains instead of cables
​The front mudguards are well welded - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
The front mudguards are well welded
​​The tracks resemble those used on the Renault R 35 - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The tracks resemble those used on the Renault R 35
​​The undercarriage is one of the most interesting components of the FCM 36 - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The undercarriage is one of the most interesting components of the FCM 36
​​Sloth and caterpillar tension mechanism - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Sloth and caterpillar tension mechanism
​​The support rollers are covered from the outside with an armored casing of a complex shape - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The support rollers are covered from the outside with an armored casing of a complex shape
​Rollers are grouped into carts of two in each - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
Rollers are grouped into carts of two in each
​Supporting roller - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
Supporting roller
​Some supporting rollers are not attached to the housing, but to the screen - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
Some supporting rollers are not attached to the housing, but to the screen
​​Driving wheel - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Driving wheel
​​FCM 36 starboard undercarriage - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​FCM 36 starboard undercarriage
​There is nothing extra on the FCM 36 boards. You can notice that the driver's mechanic's observation devices are also located on the sides - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
There is nothing extra on the FCM 36 boards. You can notice that the driver's mechanic's observation devices are also located on the sides
​​The same picture from the port side - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The same picture from the port side
​​Massive air intake, which can be opened if necessary - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Massive air intake, which can be opened if necessary
​​Rear mudguard - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Rear mudguard
​​The exhaust system is made with a claim to sophistication - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The exhaust system is made with a claim to sophistication
​​The rope, apparently, was fumbled for safety - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The rope, apparently, was fumbled for safety
​​Feed FCM 36 - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Feed FCM 36
​​Transmission access hatches - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Transmission access hatches
​There are also tow chains hanging from the back - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
There are also tow chains hanging from the back
​​The bottom is very similar to the bottom of Char B1, which did not eat much as a child - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The bottom is very similar to the bottom of Char B1, which did not eat much as a child
​The first support roller acts as a cushioning when over vertical obstacles - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
The first support roller acts as a cushioning when over vertical obstacles
​The turret, like the hull, is welded from several plates of armor - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
The turret, like the hull, is welded from several plates of armor
​​The image of the national flag on the gun mask was used for quick identification - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The image of the national flag on the gun mask was used for quick identification
​The FCM 36 turret stands out with its large number of observation devices - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
The FCM 36 turret stands out with its large number of observation devices
​Turret, right side view - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
Turret, right side view
​​In this position, the tank commander rode on the march. This is much more comfortable than inside a cramped turret - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​In this position, the tank commander rode on the march. This is much more comfortable than inside a cramped turret
​​The 37-mm SA 18 gun was hopelessly outdated by the beginning of the Second World War - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The 37-mm SA 18 gun was hopelessly outdated by the beginning of the Second World War
​​The shield of the gun mount was assembled from two parts. When hit, it was often knocked down by shells - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​The shield of the gun mount was assembled from two parts. When hit, it was often knocked down by shells
​​Installation of the MAC Mle.1931 machine gun - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
​Installation of the MAC Mle.1931 machine gun
​Observation device armor - FCM 36 from Saumur | Warspot.net
Observation device armor

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