Look here for the French OOB:
- 1re DCR Armored division
- GBC 515 Armored brigade
- 2e DLM Armored division
- 3e DLM Armored division
- 1re DIM Motorised division
- 2e DINA Infantry division
- Gpt Soubeyran Armored recon brigade
- 15e DIM Motorised division
- 1e DM Infantry division
- Gpt Jaquelin Cavalry battalion
- Gpt Arlabosse Armored recon battalion
- 12e DIM Motorised division
- 5e DINA Infantry division
- GBC 519 Armored brigade
Quite a lot of armored firepower
Similar German panzerkorps at the same time:
XIX Motorised corps by Guderian:
- 1 Panzerdivision
- 2 Panzerdivision
- 10 Panzerdivision
- Grossdeutschland motorised regiment
- Lehr Armored recon battalion
- 11 Motorised MG battalion
France had a substantial tank force in WW2. They just implemented them in a wrong way and spread their precious tanks too much. Germany had a much better doctrine with concentrated armor formations.
http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/f ... _Tanks.php
The French armor unit in GS means that the Germans will have to be a bit careful when invading into France. A good strategy is to harass the armor unit with tactical bombers to keep it down on morale.
Remember that what doomed the Allies in May 1940 was not lack of equipment, but a poor military strategy and morale. Once Belgium was overrun it was panic in France. Lots of refugees etc. The Allied High Command sent troops into Belgium with the risk of becoming surrounded. They didn't anticipate the German armor breakthrough in the Ardennes.
Many historians claim that a regular German invasion of Belgium and France would have ended in a stale-mate ala WW1.
This has always been the big problem of strategic WW2 games. How to ensure the Germans can capture Paris within the normal time frame without depleting the French OOB way below the historical level. In some games you start with a fixed OOB where the Ardennes area is not defended at all. That feels a bit fishy to me. However, we can't expect players to repeat the Allied strategic blunder so you often see a war of attrition to crush France.
Before we had 2 French Mech units instead of one armor. Then some players complained about these as well. The French army had quite a bit of offensive firepower. It's up to you as the Axis to ensure they can't use them. E. g. I always repair my Axis units when below 8 strength. When I attack I try to make sure the front line will be occupied by corps units after my turn. This way my armor units won't be as exposed. It takes maybe a bit longer to reach Paris, but I lose no units in the campaign.
Some of the players I've seen in AAR are way too aggressive with their units compared to my play style. E. g. they attack with units at 5 steps and push hard forward with depleted units. Probably a good strategy to gain ground fast, but you will take more losses.