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Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
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Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
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Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank:
France's Char d'Assault Schneider Light Tank

Design

The Char d'Assault Schneider was based on the American Holt tractor and was designed to be used as a tractor to tow sledges that would contain troops across trenches.1,2 Eugene Brille of Schneider Company designed the CA1.2

Once in combat it was found that the gasoline tanks burned easily from enemy fire.1

To help get through the wire prevalent in World War I, the nose was specially designed to cut through wire.2

Production

  • Char d'Assault Schneider: 4002
    • Production: ? - May 19171
  • Char de Ravitaillement:
    • Production: May 1917 - ?1

Variants

  • Char d'Assault Schneider:
  • Char de Ravitaillement: Carried equipment.1

Usage

World War I

On April 16, 1917, at Berry-au-Bac the Char d'Assault Schneider was first used in combat.1,2 There were eight companies with a total of 132 CA1s.2 Artillery destroyed 57 out of the 76 lost.2

By the end of World War I there was less than 100 left.1

Specifications

  Char d'Assault Schneider
Crew 71,2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 32,560 lb1
12.3 tons2
12,500 kg2, 14,800 kg1
Length 19' 8"1, 20' 8"2
6 m1, 6.32 m2
Height 7' 6"2, 7' 10"1
2.3 m2, 2.39 m1
Width 6' 6.66"1, 6' 9"2
2 m1, 2.05 m2
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure (psi)  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: 75 mm1
1: 75 mm / 2.95"2
Secondary  
MG 2: MG1
2: 8 mm / 0.315" Hotchkiss MG2
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 112, 11.51
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Schneider1,2
Cylinders 41,2
Net HP 551,2
Transmission  
Fuel (type) Gasoline1,2
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 3.7 mph1, 5 mph2
6 kph1, 8.1 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 30 miles1, 49.7 miles2
48 km1, 80 km2
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side Vertical coiled spring2
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
  2. World War I and II Tanks, George Forty, 2012
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site