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Renault machine gun tank FT 1917

The Renault FT 1917 tank was the most efficient armored and tracked combat vehicle of the First World War.

This light armored vehicle was built in very large numbers in order to saturate the enemy defenses. The goal was to break through the barbed wire networks and then remove the enemy machine gun nests, despite the chaotic nature of the battlefield.
The Renault FT is maneuvered by a crew of two, a tank commander/gunner and a driver. The tank commander is either standing or seated on a strap, just behind the driver.
Here, on Place Vauban of Maubeuge, it is, as a panel indicates, a "life-size model of the Renault machine gun tank type FT 1917, in memory of the 520th and 509th Combat Tank Regiments that held garrison at Maubeuge from 1923 to 1939."
This full-size replica, created by a boilermaker from Avesnelles, dates from the 1970s, and was restored in 2010.

The shot was taken in october 2015, in the beginning of the afternoon. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).

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Copyright: Franck Masschelein
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10680x5340
Taken: 19/10/2015
Uploaded: 16/04/2020


Tags: tank; war; world war; sculpture; maubeuge; france; hdr; enfuse
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