French Infantry Weapons

Details of the Réglement of 1940

Revolver Lebel modèle 1892

  • Calibre: 8 mm
  • Weight: 790 g
  • Ammunition: drum with 6 rounds
  • Operating Principle: percussion revolver

Automatic Pistol Ruby

  • Calibre: 7.65 mm
  • Operating Principle: Automatic Pistol

Automatic Pistol Star

  • Calibre: 7.65 mm
  • Operating Principle: Automatic Pistol

Carbine 1892 M16 (modifié 1916)

Carbine Berthier

  • Calibre: 8 mm
  • Weight: 3100 g
  • Ammunition: Charger with 3 rounds
  • Operating Principle: Bolt-action

Rifle Berthier modèle 1916

  • Calibre: 8 mm
  • Weight: 3800 g
  • Ammunition: Charger with 3 rounds
  • Operating Principle: Bolt-action

Rifle Lebel 86M93 (modèle 1886 modifié 1893)

  • Calibre: 8 mm
  • Weight: 4220 g
  • Ammunition: Tube magazine with 8 round
  • Operating Principle: Bolt-action
  • Maximum Range: 2000 m

Rifle 07/15 M16 (modèle 1907 modifié 1915 modifié 1916)

  • Calibre: 8 mm
  • Operating Principle: Bolt-action

Rifle MAS 36

  • Calibre: 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 3760 g
  • Ammunition: Magazine with 5 rounds
  • Operating Principle: Bolt-action

Grenade Discharger Cup Tromblon VB for Rifle MAS 36 or Lebel 86M93

  • Calibre: 50 mm
  • Weight: 1500 g
  • Ammunition: Rifle Grenade modèle 15 weighing 490 g, a.k.a grenade VB (Vivien-Bessière)
  • Special Ammunition: Grenade VB porte-message (message carrier)
  • Maximum Range: 170 m

Light Machine Gun Chatellerault 24/29 (modèle 1924 modifié 1929)

  • Calibre: 7.5 mm modèle 29C
  • Weight: 9800 g
  • Ammunition: Chargers with 20 rounds
  • Operating Principle: Recoil
  • Maximum Range: 2000 m
  • Rate of Fire: 600 rounds per minute

Machine Gun Hotchkiss modèle 14 (1914)

  • Calibre: 8 mm
  • Weight: 25260 g
  • Tripod Weight: 27240 g
  • Ammunition: Strip of 24 rounds or 250 round belts
  • Operating Principle: Recoil
  • Cooling System: Air
  • Maximum Range: 2400 m
  • Rate of Fire: 400 rounds per minute
  • Anti-Aircraft Fire: une rallonge modèle 28 est adaptée

20 mm AA Machine Gun modèle 39

  • Calibre: 20 mm

50 mm Mortar modèle 1937

  • Calibre: 50 mm
  • Weight: 9500 g
  • Tube Length: 53.3 cm
  • Ammunition: Mortar grenade weighing 793 g
  • Maximum Range: 596 m
  • Rate of Fire: 30 rounds per minute

60 mm Mortar

  • Calibre: 60 mm
  • Weight: 19000 g
  • Ammunition: Mortar grenade weighing 1360 g
  • Tube Length: 72.6 cm
  • Maximum Range: 1815 m
  • Rate of Fire: 18 rounds per minute

81 mm Mortar modèle 27/31 (modèle 1927 modifié 1931)

  • Calibre: 81 mm
  • Weight: 61600 g
  • Ammunition: Mortar grenade weighing 3175 g
  • Tube Length: 125.7 cm
  • Maximum Range: 3000 m
  • Rate of Fire: 18 rounds per minute

25 mm AT-Gun S.A. modèle 34 (1934)

  • Calibre: 25 mm
  • Traction: Chenillette UE

37 mm AT-Gun modèle 16

  • Calibre: 37 mm
  • Traction: Horse-drawn

French infantry regiments had the following complement of support weapons:

  • 112 light machine guns
  • 48 Hotchkiss machine guns
  • 48 tromblons VB or 4 mortars 50 mm modèle 1937
  • 9 Mortars 60 mmm (1 per company)
  • 8 Mortars 81 mm
  • 12 AT-Guns 25 mm, or 37 mm modèle 16

The regiments also had 200 carts or horse-drawn wagons, approximately 50 automobiles, and 9 chenilettes UE.

Chenillette UE modèle 1931 R

  • Engine: Renault 38 CV
  • Weight: 2600 kg
  • Length: 2800 mm
  • Width: 1740 mm
  • Height: 1250 mm
  • Armour: 9 mm maximum
  • Maximum Speed: 30 km/h
  • Range: 100 km
  • Crew: Commander & Driver

Pol-Claude Coussement, (KS)

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