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Pattons tanks in WWI
HermannB
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 07:23 AM UTC
Maybe a stupid question, but wore the FT-17 from Lt. Patton French or US markings?
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 07:42 AM UTC
According to Osprey’s Battle of St. Mihel, they were in US makings, and there are several photos showing FT17s with a heart in a diamond motif on the turret. The French liked to paint their unit markings on the “trail“. However, US and French camouflage was similar, because these tanks came from French stocks. Here’s a link to some paintings and photos from the book:

https://78.media.tumblr.com/16a98335fcecf6653aea4dc70e54dbbc/tumblr_nhi0kfJP5G1u591slo1_500.jpg

And another:

https://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/3/2074/9781846034596B1_big.jpg

And another:

https://www.honorstates.org/images/site/Battle_of_Saint_Mihiel.jpg

And one more (from which the painting above is derived):

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f6/3c15011u.jpg/300px-3c15011u.jpg

VR, Russ
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 07:46 AM UTC
Some interesting reading that may help here

BTW this a Renault FT tank, not a FT-17, or even a FT-1917

Restored tank with Patton's unit markings :

http://www.pattonthirdarmy.com/renault.html

H.P.