World’s first modern tank.
During our honeymoon in Paris recently, Mr. and Mrs. Monkey-Wrench came across this neat old tank at the “Musée de l’Armée”
It’s a Renault FT17 from 1917, and saw action during “The Great War”.
It was called the first modern tank, because it was the very first tank to feature a fully revolving cannon, a driver in the front and the engine in the back. Most modern day tanks still have these features.
It is a very small tank, only 5′ 9″, and 16′ 5″ long. It had a crew of two, one commander/gunner in the turret, and the driver in the front. For reference: A 2009 Chevrolet Suburban is longer, wider and taller…
The biggest problems these tanks faced were cooling fan belt problems, and they were famous for “smoking the crew out”….