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Did the Germans have more tanks than the Allies in May 1940?
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No. The attacking German forces fielded some 2,574 tanks out of their total arsenal of 3,380 machines, many of the uncommitted vehicles being the scarcely combat-worthy Panzer I light tank. The Allies had a total of 4,296 armoured vehicles in the northeastern theatre. The idea that the Germans had an overwhelming superiority in tanks is a myth: they just used their vehicles more imaginatively than did the British and French.