Japanese Armor in French Service

France (1945-1946) Light and Medium Tanks – 11 Operated If the French colonial empire was to have two shining pearls, one would be the close shores of French North Africa. The other would be the distant colonial ensemble that was French Indochina. The result of a long process of colonial expansion began during the Third…

AMX-13 Avec Tourelle FL-11

France (1954) Improvised Light Tank – 5 Built By February 1952, the French had been fighting in the First Indochina War (1946 -1954) for six years. This war was fought between the French and Việt Minh (Việt Nam độc lập đồng Minh, Fr: Ligue pour l’indépendance du Viêt Nam, Eng: League for the Independence of…

AMX-US (AMX-13 Avec Tourelle Chaffee)

France (1957) Improvised Light Tank – 150 Built In 1956, the French Army and the Direction des Etudes et Fabrications d’Armements (Directorate of Studies and Manufacture of Armaments, DEFA, an institution within the French Military) were looking into affordable methods of modernizing their fleet of aging M24 Chaffee light tanks. One method was to somehow…