French Schneider CA1 tanks being entrained on a special platform at Conty, Somme, c1917.
This led to problems when crossing trenches as they were way too short.
French Saint-Chamond Tank, showing its long and heavy snout, its 75 mm. field gun and two of its four machine guns. the track was sprung and carried on frames built seperately from the body, much as are wheels of a car.
The Renault FT was the brainchild of French Army Colonel
Jean-Baptiste Estienne. The idea of fielding light-class tanks during
the Great War was not in line with French authorities, the accepted
doctrine being on use of the large and lumbering “landships” – roaming
fortresses outfitted with cannon and machine gun. Regardless, the
resulting Renault light tank design, the FT of 1917, produced a two-man
system mounting a then-potent 37mm cannon or one 8mm machine gun. The FT
displayed all the features that became the norm in tank design till
Renault FT crew
40th Tank Battalion (BCC, Bataillon de Chars de Combat)
Renault FT crews in Greece 1919.
Somua S35 tanks from the 1st squadron of the 13th Dragoon regiment of the French army
French Renault FT tanks passing through the village of Audignicourt on their way to the front line, May-June 1918.