More detailed look at the Augustine first shown here: rob-cavanna.deviantart.com/art…
The Augustine shares many of its mechanical components, as well as a general combat history with the Somua s35 tank. Unique construction style involves large cast armor sections bolted together -a technique which would not prove ideal due to a tendancy towards splitting like a walnut when hit by shells. Still, a very decent mech by early war standards, on par with Germany's Pzf III Sieglinde. The Augustine boasted such lavish features as self-sealing fuel tanks, and automatic fire extinguisher systems dispersed throughout strategic points of its body. On the other hand, it lacked other equipment which would be standard for most mechs of the interwar period, such as a forward crew hatch, and hull mounted machine gun. Additionally, the cast armor, though well sloped and respectably protective, was often detrimental to maintenance, as it restricted access to the engine and suspension systems.
The total number of Augustines produced was limited due to German invasion, but nevertheless they experienced a colorful and eclectic combat history in a myriad of locales, serving a shifting panoply of masters.
Augustines saw significant action in the Battle of France, particularly at the Battle of Hannut, which was the world's greatest clash of armored forces for the time, and enduringly, remains one of the largest in history. Several units were shipped to North Africa in support of the Vichy government, later to be used alongside Allied forces in the Tunisian Campaign. Captured Augustines were also used by occupying German forces for Pzf crew training, then drafted into service for the defense of Normandy in order to plug gaping holes in panzer forces that were shredded on the Eastern front. Reclaimed Augustines would eventually join free French forces in the westward Allied drive through France towards Germany, notably, among the 13e Régiment de Dragons.
Whilst in German hands, a handful of Augustines found their way to some unlikely destinations, such as with the Panzer Abteilung 211 in Finland. Others would travel to German allies in Italy, Hungary, and Bulgaria. Some were even used in Yugoslavia against partisan forces.