Char B1 bis "Butcher of Stonne"


Le Teich, France

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In 1940 the Germans learned to fear the French heavy tank B1, with its 75 mm howitzer, 47 mm antitank gun and 60 mm of frontal armour. About 400 of these were available for the Campaign of France in May 1940. Two in particular rose to fame in the small village of Stonne, which changed hands many times during the desperate fights on the road to Sedan. Billotte’s “Eure” by destroying 13 Panzers in one swoop, and the day after, Lt. Doumecq’s “Riquewihr” from the 49e BCC. Attacking the village at the edge of the road a column of German riflemen opened fire on the tank without adequate weapons or equipment. This attracts the attention of Lt Doumecq, heading for them while the latter took cover in the ditch on the lower side of the road. However this did not stopped the tank which simply drove its track inside the ditch, fired and rolled its way on the injured German soldiers, crushing the whole platoon. Soon after, the tank went on the other side of the village and returned, only to met elements of the 64th IR, 16th German Division holding their position. But seeing the steel monster advancing towards them, the tracks covered with blood and crushed body parts, the Germans panicked and fled, leaving the village to the French.

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