Renault FT

The Renault FT is a French tier 1 light tank.

The vehicle entered service in 1917, with 3,177 vehicles manufactured by the end of World War I and 3,800 vehicles produced in total. At the beginning of World War II, a total of 1,560 vehicles were in service.

The first French tank available to the player, and is the oldest tank in the game. It has good acceleration, but poor top speed. The available guns have only subpar damage output, but a very high rate of fire. The armour is fairly thick for its tier.

The Renault FT leads to the Renault FT AC, the Hotchkiss H35, the Renault FT 75 BS, the D1, the Renault R35, and the FCM 36.

Pros and Cons


Decently thick and rounded turret armour, though it can't be relied upon at close range
Excellent gun elevation
Excellent rate of fire
High acceleration and hull traverse
Good aim times with both guns


Poor top speed and turret traverse speed
Both guns have poor accuracy
Upgraded gun has limited effective range
Only 2 crew, which is easily taken out by frontal shots
Very poor gun depression with the 37 mm


The FT can play out its strengths on maps with more narrow sections, where you can essentially be a roadblock for enemy tanks. Something to note is that the gun elevation is as good as the T57, but the gun depression is very poor (i.e. it's good at shooting up, but bad at shooting down) with the 37mm Canon.

The 37mm Canon APX SA18 is only decent, as it has poor penetration, especially for a single-shot cannon, but partially makes up for it with its high rate of fire. The only other option is the 13.2 mm Hotchkiss mle. 1930, which can deal a large amount of damage in a short amount of time but pays for it with its effective range (it can only damage targets up to 400 meters away) and even worse penetration.

The armour of the FT is fairly good, especially its turret, which is thick and rounded at the edges. One can try to go "hull-down" with this tank, though the poor gun depression with the 37 mm can make this difficult.

Historical Info

The Renault FT, model of 1917, was a Char Léger, or French light tank, that is widely acknowledged as one of the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT was the first operational tank to have its armament mounted within a fully rotating turret. The FT's basic configuration with the turret on top, engine in the back, and the driver in front became the standard pattern, repeated in most tanks to this day. Armor historian Steven Zaloga has called the Renault FT "the world's first modern tank". (1)
The FT was the ancestor of a long line of French tanks produced by Renault: the FT Kégresse, the NC1, the NC2, the Char D1, the Char D2, and the R35. (2, 3)    It inspired and influenced many later designs by other manufacturers including the H35 and the Somua 35. (4)    In addition to its pioneering design, the FT proved to be both cheap and suitable for mass production techniques. It became a popular export for France and Renault and was also licensed and copied for production by other countries.

In the U.S., a slightly modified version was built under license from Renault as the Six Ton Tank, or M1917 (of which 950 were built, 64 before the end of WWI, but too late to be used in action). The Italians produced as their standard tank the FIAT 3000, a moderately close copy of the FT. The Soviet Red Army captured fourteen burnt-out Renaults from White Russian forces during the Russian Civil War, and rebuilt them at the Krasnoye Sormovo Factory in 1920. Nearly 15 exact copies, called "Russian Renoe" were produced in 1920-1922, but due to technical production problems, they never actually saw the battlefield. In 1928-1931 the first completely Soviet-designed tank was the T-18, a derivation of the Renault with sprung suspension.

In all, the Renault FT was used by the armies of Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, the Republic of China, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Finland, France, Nazi Germany, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the Russian White Army, the Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.