World War I, a time when battle tank manufacturing was in its absolute infancy, offers us but a glimpse of the powerful, versatile, and lethal armored vehicle technology that would rapidly progress before the outbreak of World War II. These early-era tanks, to our modern sensibility, are fascinating in their simplicity though they offered soldiers of the time an opportunity to travel at higher speeds, traverse difficult landscape, and be equipped with dynamic and mobile weaponry.
Though it did not have a turret as modern tanks do, the Schneider CA1 is generally accepted as France's first operational battle tank. It was effective at leveling enemy barbed wire and suppressing machine gun nests, though it was considered a clunky design concept, even during its time — it lacked sufficient firepower and suffered from a cramped interior. The first Schneider tank units were formed in November of 1916 and roughly 400 were manufactured during the war.
This 1/72 scale resin replica of the Schneider — among the first releases in our Wings of the Great War: Armor Collection — features textured surfaces, accurate weaponry, realistic tracks, a removable display base, and authentic French markings. Measures approximately 3½" long.