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WW1 French Tank Regiment

Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:25 pm

I thought I would share.

These are a couple of pictures from a photo album I acquired a couple of years ago, of a WW1 French Tank Regiment on parade:
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Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:27 pm

One more:
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Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:06 am

are you sure those are circa 1918?
the renault seems awfully small for around that time period, not that i am an expert on the topic.

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Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:48 pm

Renault FT17 is small indeed but much more efficient and mobile than the heavy St Chamond or Schneider.

Video St Chamond model :

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=eSYunDcy1o8
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Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:11 pm

The Renault FT 17 was a French WW1 tank:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_FT-17

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Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:43 pm

Actually some FT 17 also fought during WWII...
Well I don't know if they really saw any action being totaly obsolete.

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Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:08 pm

During WW2, Yugoslavia had some FT17, and German used some of them (PzKpfw 730 f) in anti-partisan duties. Also, I think (but not sure) that German Paris garrison had at least 1 FT17 in service during combat for the liberation of the city...
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Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:22 pm

The Germans also used captured FT17's in combat in France. They fought on the northern flank of the Normandy invasion against British paratroopers, I believe. They were actually quite efficient little tanks for being WWI designs.

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