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Lieutenant Colonel George Patton of US 1st Tank Battalion standing before a Renault light tank in France, summer 1918

Caption     Lieutenant Colonel George Patton of US 1st Tank Battalion standing before a Renault light tank in France, summer 1918 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Signal Corps
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
25 Apr 2015 07:37:39 PM


Patton became interested with this talk about tanks, and he wanted to be apart of this new tank corps. Patton drove the Renault tank fired its gun and learned as much as possible even discuss tactics with other French officers.
Patton even toured the Renault tank factory and learned everything he could about this new machine of war. The next war would be a mobile one and not won by holding land.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 May 2015 07:21:31 PM


During WWI the French loaned 345 Renault tanks to American forces in France, Patton received as many as he could. He saw the military reality of armored warfare. File photo shows Patton standing in front of a French Renault F.T.17 Light Tank it had a turret that could rotate 360 degrees, armed w/1 x 37mm gun and 1 x 8mm Hotchkiss machine gun.


The basic layout of the tank, has changed little over the decades armor, caterpillar tracks, with the engine in back crew in front, turret mounted main gun and co-axial machine gun with hull mounted machine guns.

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