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Weapons Renault FT-17 tank

Discussion in 'France' started by Dan Morton, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Wikipedia:
    The Renault FT, frequently referred to in post-World War I literature as the "FT-17" or "FT17", was a French light tank that was among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT was the first production tank to have its armament within a fully rotating turret.[note 1] The Renault FT's configuration – crew compartment at the front, engine compartment at the back, and main armament in a revolving turret – became and remains the standard tank layout. Over 3,000 Renault FT tanks were manufactured by French industry, most of them during the year 1918. Another 950 of an almost identical licensed copy of the FT (the M1917) were made in the United States, but not in time to enter combat. Armoured warfare historian Steven Zaloga has called the Renault FT "the world's first modern tank."[2]

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  2. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    My friend Charlie Duckworth went to the KC WW1 museum today and sent me this photo of their FT-17 on display.

    All the best,
    Dan

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  3. Huw63 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Switzerland
    Thanks for all this information. I've got the Takom 1/35 kit in my Grey Army's Armoured Brigade 1914-18 .

    Cheers

    Huw
  4. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Huw [and other members...].
    I could have put probably 3 or 4 times as many photos of FT-17s from web sites, but as this is primarily a figure site, decided against it and limited it to those that I already had. If the consensus of the members is that they want more FT-17 photos, I can probably oblige. OR other members are welcome to post any they have.

    All the best,
    Dan

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