• May 1940: The Short and Happy Life of France's Bourrasque
    Diorama Front: The Short and Happy Life of France's Bourrasque
  • Diorama Left View
    Diorama Left View
  • Diorama Right View
    Diorama Right View
  • Diorama Back View
    Diorama Back View
  • Knocked Out Panzer IV
    Knocked Out Panzer IV
  • Panzer IV - Front View
    Panzer IV - Front View
  • Panzer IV - Front Left Deck
    Panzer IV - Front Left Deck
  • Panzer IV - Blown Track
    Panzer IV - Blown Track
  • Panzer IV - Back View
    Panzer IV - Back View
  • French Infantry Probing Tank
    French Infantry Probing Tank
  • French Soldier Lighting Cigarette
    French Soldier Lighting Cigarette
  • French Soldier Lighting Cigarette - Back View
    French Soldier Lighting Cigarette - Back View
  • Bourrasque B1 BIS French Tank
    Bourrasque B1 BIS French Tank
  • Bourrasque French Tank - Front View
    Bourrasque French Tank - Front View
  • Bourrasque French Tank - Back View
    Bourrasque French Tank - Back View
  • Bourrasque French Tank - Sprocket Detail
    Bourrasque French Tank - Sprocket Detail
  • French Tank Crew Member Sitting on Tank
    French Tank Crew Member Sitting on Tank
  • French Tank and Infantry Commanders
    French Tank and Infantry Commanders
  • French Soldier Looking at Panzer IV
    French Soldier Looking at Panzer IV
  • Destroyed Windmill Detail
    Destroyed Windmill Detail
  • Dog Relieving Itself
    Dog Relieving Itself
  • Diorama Front View
  • Diorama Left View
  • Diorama Right View
  • Diorama Back View
  • Knocked Out Panzer IV
  • Panzer IV - Front View
  • Panzer IV - Front Left Deck
  • Panzer IV - Blown Track
  • Panzer IV - Back View
  • French Infantry Probing Tank
  • French Soldier Lighting Cigarette
  • French Soldier Lighting Cigarette - Back View
  • Bourrasque B1 BIS French Tank
  • Bourrasque French Tank - Front View
  • Bourrasque French Tank - Back View
  • Bourrasque French Tank - Sprocket Detail
  • French Tank Crew Member Sitting on Tank
  • French Tank and Infantry Commanders
  • French Soldier Looking at Panzer IV
  • Destroyed Windmill Detail
  • Dog Relieving Itself

May 1940: The Short and Happy Life of France's Bourrasque

Bourrasque (translation: squall) is the name of the French tank...a B1 bis battle tank. In May 1940, german forces invaded France and entered the town of Stonne. A French platoon armed with B1 tanks attacked the germans and drove them back. The attack was a success and they managed to blow up over a dozen german tanks and vehicles. Including a few Panzer IVs like the one shown here. The victory was shortlived, however...the next day the germans were reinforced with a main Panzer battalion and led a counterattack. It was the French's turn to retreat. Most of the B1s were destroyed, and many captured and later used by the Germans. And that was pretty much it for French tank battles during WWII. This dioramma depicts that first day when the French were successful in driving the Germans back. Borrasque's crew and a group of infantry are checking out their "kill".

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