The Char d'Assault Schneider was based on the American Holt tractor and was designed to be used as a tractor to tow sledges that would contain troops across trenches. Eugene Brille of Schneider Company designed the CA1.
Once in combat it was found that the gasoline tanks burned easily from enemy fire.
To help get through the wire prevalent in World War I, the nose was specially designed to cut through wire.
Char d'Assault Schneider: 400
Production: ? - May 1917
Char de Ravitaillement:
Production: May 1917 - ?
Char d'Assault Schneider:
Char de Ravitaillement: Carried equipment.
World War I
On April 16, 1917, at Berry-au-Bac the Char d'Assault Schneider was first used in combat. There were eight companies with a total of 132 CA1s. Artillery destroyed 57 out of the 76 lost.
By the end of World War I there was less than 100 left.