We’re done with American tanks, so today we’re going to spend some time with two French ones – Bourrasque and M10 RBFM.
1998 ZZ 10 – Bat.-Châtillon Bourrasque
Another example of the MAC 31 (or Reibel) machine gun, first seen on the B-C 25 t style, link to the included photo here.
Two helmets, possibly the French Modèle 1951s or American M1s. There’s also the name of the tank, Bourrasque, which means “Squall”. Many French tanks, warships etc were named after different kinds of winds, you’ll see that with the M10 “Siroco” and other M10s of the RBFM.
The pieces that can be seen on the sides on the tank were used on the Panhard EBRs operating in Africa. Their purpose was similar to the logs on Russian tanks – they were helpful when it came to getting the tank out of the difficult terrain, probably sand in that case.
The EU license plate, actually introduced in 1998 (which maybe also an another easter egg). This format (but with the stars from the EU flag over the letter F, possibly not present here because of some laws or copyright) was used in France from 1998 until 2009 – before 2009 the last two digits (on real plates, not this one) corresponded to the departmental code of registration, since 2009 that’s not the case, but the second blue stripe with the departmental code was added on the right side.
The whole number on the plate is a reference to the 1998 FIFA World Cup final, in which France won with Brazil 3:0, and to Zinedine Zidane (hence the “ZZ”), who played with number 10, scored twice and was named man of the match.
“1998” is also a reference to the movie “Taxi”, released in 1998, that reference becomes clear after reading the description of the style – it mentions Marseille, the city where the movie takes place, Peugeot – the brand of the title car and Gibert, a reference to commissioner Gibert. Daniel Morales, the main characted of the movie, is a big Zidane fan – he’s known for wearing a jersey with his number. Also the chase in Paris mentioned in the description happened in the sequel of the movie… And featured tanks.
Sirocco – M10 RBFM
While the style is called “Sirocco”, the tank itself is named “Siroco”, both are used to describe the same wind, and while “Sirocco” is more widely used, an actual tank this style is based on had “Siroco” written on it.
It’s another of my favorite styles, as it shows a real tank destroyer that fought in WW2 and isn’t just a bunch of pieces put together into something possible, but not actually documented. The M10 we’re talking about belonged to the Régiment Blindé de Fusiliers-Marins, an unit formed by a group of interned French sailors. The tank destroyers used by them were named after naval vessels (and the vessels were named after winds).
The piece right here is called a “Cullin Cutter”, basically it’s a hedgerow cutter used on Allied vehicles. Below are two pictures, the first of them clearly showing an M10 tank destroyer with that cutter, the second one is more blurry, but pictured in it is the real life “Siroco” with a Cullin Cutter.
Here you can see some markings – on the left side there’s an emblem telling us that this vehicle belongs to the 3rd Platoon of the 4th Squadron (the emblem is mirrored for some reason here, but it’s used correctly on the side of the vehicle. On the right you can see a classification number 28. The number below (420154) is the same as on the real “Siroco” as you can see on the photo of its back.
Several markings on the left side of the tank destroyer, the placement may be a little off, but they are accurate. You can compare some of them to the real vehicle on the photo below. This photo was made before the “Siroco” got its 9 kills, so the kill marks are absent, but you can see them on the other pic, like the last one in this post.
The placement of the markings on the other side also seems a bit off, but they look right too.
Some pieces of equipment, an M1 helmet, American backpacks and a canteen of an unknown pattern in a cover.
On the back of the M10 there is an another American canteen, but this time it can be clearly seen that it’s an older M1910 model, used during WW2.
This time I want to thank Mike, an awesome modeller who is really good in doing his own research to get as many details as he can right. You can check his post about the RBFM’s M10s here. I gave up on finding the photos on my own after seeing how many of them he got, there are also pictures of other M10s, a lot more info than I provided here and also some links to the videos of a real “Siroco”, as this tank destroyer is still in great condition today. If you’re interested – go there right now, you won’t regret it!