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Renault-FT17 - $8.95

Renault FT-17 WWI light tank.. This was the first real armored WWI Tank and was used by many countries all the way into WWII. Comes in THREE versions. two sizes plus a BW for wargammers. Reduce to any scale. Also included is a cardmodel diorama ruins.

The WWI Renault F-17 Light Tank downloadable Cardmodel

The Early WWI Renault F-17 Light Tank

In July 1916, after much hesitation, the French motor-Freanch Soldier WWIcar manufacturer Louis Renault yielded to General Estienne's pressing demands and it was not long before the first Renault light tank was put to the test of battle. Its success in standing up to competition from other French and British tanks is demonstrated by the fact that vehicles of the same type with only a few minor improvements saw action in North Africa in 1942.

It could be equipped with cannon or machine gun but its decisive advantage was its light weight -about 7 tons- this meant that it could be loaded on a truck and dispatched to the front ready for action. When the Renault FT 17 was subsequently equipped with a 37 -mm gun, a periscope was also fitted, This gave the crew-the commander, who doubled as gunner, and the driver-an enormous advantage over the blind crew of heavier tanks.

 

 




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WWI Renault F-17 Tank


French infantryman from WWI

In July 1916, after much hesitation, the French motor-car manufacturer Louis Renault yielded to General Estienne's pressing demands and it was not long before the first Renault light tank was put to the test of battle. Its success in standing up to competition from other French and British tanks is demonstrated by the fact that vehicles of the same type with only a few minor improvements saw action in North Africa in 1942.

It could be equipped at will with cannon or machine gun and its decisive advantage was its light weight-about 7 tons. This meant that it could be loaded on a truck and dispatched to the front ready for action. When the Renault FT 17 was subsequently equipped with a 37-mm gun, a periscope was also fitted. This gave the crew-the commander, who doubled as gunner, and the driver-an enormous advantage over the blind crew of heavier tanks.

First employed in very small numbers, the Renault was amazingly successful towards the end of the war. In July 1918 a massive assault in which 480 Renaults were thrown into the fray cut a hole about four miles deep in the German defenses. This breakthrough, which had not been prepared by an artillery barrage, was not transformed into a decisive victory because the only reserves that could be thrown into the breach were the French cavalry, an arm that had long been given up as useless by both sides.

Another WWI French Infantryman




Renault WWI Tank FT-17 three view

The side armour of 8 mm initially made them largely immune to small arms fire, but could be penetrated when the Germans developed armour-piercing K bullets.




Light Tank,
Renault FT 17
(France)

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Overall Length: 11.48ft
Width: 5.61ft
Height:6.99ft
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Accommodation: 2
Weight: 7.3 Tons
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Armament:
1 x 37mm main gun
1 OR 2 x 7.62mm machine guns (one rear-facing)
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AMMUNITION:
238 x 37mm projectiles
4,200 x 7.62mm ammunition
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Powerplant:
Engine(s): 1 x Renault liquid-
cooled 4-cylinder gasoline
engine generating 35hp
Fuel Capacity :27.6 U.S. gal.
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Performance:
Maximum Speed: 5 mph
Maximum Range: 22 miles
Number Built:
1,560 of all types 1918


Operators:
Afghanistan; Belgium; Brazil; Czechoslovakia; Estonia; Finland; France; Iran; Italy; Japan; Lithuania; Netherlands; Poland; Romania; Soviet Union; Spain; Switzerland; Turkey; United States (M1917); Yugoslavia
Renauilt FT-17 Assembly Details

Holt tractor- pre-tank vehicleIn France, there were multiple and conflicting lines of development which were badly integrated, resulting in three major and quite disparate production types. A major arms producer, Schneider, took the lead in January 1915 and tried to build a first armored vehicle Schneider CA1(right) Schneider-CA1-first French Tank.jpgbased on the Baby Holt tractor(left) but initially the development process was slow until in July they received political, even presidential, support . In December 1915, the influential Colonel Estienne made the Supreme Command very enthusiastic about the idea of creating an armored force based on these vehicles; strong Army support for tanks would be a constant during the decades to come.
French Steam-Tractor1902 Armoured Car
(left), 1905 Steam tractor (right) 1902 Armored Car
WWI Used Tank lot
The diminutive FT-17 (left) first entered combat on May 31, 1918, at Foret de Retz, south-west of Soissons, and aided the 10th Army in slowing the German drive on Paris.

Tanks making Love

The two tanks on top of each other are FIAT's. FIAT built them under license as the FIAT 3000. On the left you can clearly see: 'R.E'. Short for: Regia Esercito. (Royal Army) One wonders why these tanks are parked like this.. Perhaps it was an eye catching display or maybe a unique way to 'clamp' an illegal parker.




Richard
Richard holding the small version Renault FT-17 and showing his Mark-IV
Richard's FT-17 Renault
Richard Dery, Torrington, CT..is crazy nutz for tanks and is well on his way creating an outstanding Fiddlersgreen WWI Tank Collection. The ruined wall in this photo is included with the Renault FT-17 WWI tank

A carefully created diorama is as good as it gets!

Inside the Renault WWI Light Tank
Inside the Renault WWI Light Tank- Turret
Inside of FT-17 Turret
Inside photos of the WWI French Renault FT-17 Light Tank


The Germans captured and recycled the Renault FT-17
Captured FT-17 Light Tank
The Renault FT-17 light tnfak was nimble
small scale of the Renault WWI Light tank
You can see the small scale of the Renault WWI Light tank. The FT-17's small size increased its value as it was capable of traversing terrain, such as forests, that other heavy tanks were incapable of negotiating.
most common camo FT-17
This is the most common camo FT-17 version
Side view of the FT-17 light tank
Side view of the FT-17 light tank

rear views of the US FT-17
rear views of the US FT-17
Two rear views of the US FT-17

Exploded view of the WWI REnault FT-17 light tank
As the tide turned in the Allies favor, France and its allies finally produced large numbers of the FT-17, which allowed for effective counterattacks against German positions.

Some interesting WWI American posters publicizing the food shortage in France..

WWI tank FT-17 wreck drunk
WWI tank FT-17 wreck
WWI tank FT-17 rusting out
Above are photos of wrecked FT-17s gleaned from the internet. (right) Chip and Sister Emmy (1943) in snazzy Easter outfits looking over what the Easter Bunny left.
Chip-1943

And finally, the Curious (and kinda scary) WWI Tank Crew's Splatter Mask...

Splatter Mask for WWI Tank crewsGerfman A7V crew people(left) To counter the fumes inside and the danger of bullet splash or fragments and rivets
knocked off the inside of the hull, the crew wore helmets with goggles and chainmail masks. Gas masks were also standard issue, as they were to all soldiers at this point in the war. There was also the danger of being overrun by infantry and attacked with grenades.

(right) You see a German A7V tank crew showing off their leather helmets and outer wear of heavy leather.



Renault FT-17 WWI Toy
Cast zinc toy of the Renault FT-17 Tank-

Deutsches Panzermuseum - German Tank Museum
Musée des Blindés - French Tank Museum
Bovington Tank Museum - United Kingdom Tank Museum
Yad La-Shiryon- Israeli Tank Museum
Parola Tank Museum - Finnish Tank Museum
General George C Marshall Museum- Dutch Tank Museum
Tank Museum-Kubinka, Russia
Australian War Memorial- Canberra, Australia

WWI Tanks in the Fiddlersgreen collection (Feb 2011)
Renault FT-17
Mark IV
German A7V
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Renault FT-17 Tank video




FT-17 TANK models

 

WWI French Renault F-17 F17 Light Tank