Tank Chats #8 Renault FT-17 | The Tank Museum

100 thoughts on “Tank Chats #8 Renault FT-17 | The Tank Museum

  1. There is a version of this tank at West Point Museum. Looking at it now it might not look much but if it were seen in groups moving down a neighborhood with gangs it would be a sudden shock. It was designed to withstand small arms of it's day so unless you have a heavy anti-tank rifle with you there isn't much you can do to stop it.

  2. why is it in black paint ? surely the Bovington museum could spare a few pots of paint and give it a sparkling french camo paint ?

  3. Surprised that this is the first time I heard this tank described in neutral terms as the success it was. The machine is 7-foot high so I guess Mr Fletcher is about 5 foot tall.

  4. I love how off-handly Fletcher remarks on Patton getting shot in the arse… Almost likes it's an afterthought to him.

  5. She's a gorgeous tank, even if she doesn't have anything inside. <3 I love the look of the cast turret more than the multi-plate turret, even if the turret she has is only like 1 – 3mm thick.

  6. The nice construction, but! The First Horse Army (from Red Army) led by Semyon Budionny won in battle a certain number of these tanks in Poland in 1920. They checked them but did not take because they were "too slowly" for! So, those tanks were very good on the static western front. But not in the East when the situation were very dynamic, and the front line was very mobile… In result they sent most of those Reno FT 17 to Afghanistan as the proof of the Moscow's friendship for the Afghanistan's king! In the some time, one of the leaders of Soviets Republic, Lev Trotsky wrote a book about the situation in Asia "when common people are ready for communist revolution and to overthrow the thrones, and they are waiting for Red Army who will release them from the "feudal" oppression". The very weird friendship!

  7. A lot of nations either adopted, copied or modified them. Poland used some and modified them for train tracks. One of them even ended up in Afghanistan xD

  8. In the mid-1970’s one of these was used to shoot a commercial for the now-gone Carrols fast food chain at the store in Westport Connecticut. They trucked it in but the weight still massively tore up the asphalt and everything else when pushing it into position.

  9. And as pretty much all French tanks, the chaps made it faster backwards than forwards, the French conceived this as a good tank.

  10. My great uncle was a tank commander in one of these during WW1 he loved it his had a 37mm gun on it . what a wonderful man we was I miss him very much.

  11. I disagree about the use of wood for the front sprockets being made of wood due to not having a large enough lathe to turn steel or iron ones, that was possible before the steam engine was invented. Maybe because of an equipment shortage but most likely lack of raw materials or engineering practice to reduce shock. Wood spoke wheels were common on trucks & I wonder if there was a prototype that sported them.

  12. "One of them was commanded by a chap called George Patton who probably became more famous during the Second World War. He actually got shot in the backside during the First World War. Still, we've all got to suffer some bits and pieces." The narrator, David Fletcher MBE, is a national treasure.

  13. Dear old David, always doing a jolly good job! I have a question though my friend: where did those stinky French put their baguettes and garlic this time? or did they finally replace them with a far more useful tea set?

  14. I have a question. Would "non-protege" mean it was a training tank? Like the British had some of their Marks that looked the part but had no hardened armor, simply used as trainers?

  15. Imagine this type of tank but built from only lightweight modern materials, watertight and propelled by more extended and stiff-end flaps. Smaller engine or anything to keep it in balance with what we can today. Go anywhere swamp boat..

  16. I seen the Dutch variant of this tank in the museum at former US-airbase Soesterberg. It was used to test and train crews, but aside from that there was no idea these things may be the future. So far I know, there were only 2 in the Netherlands.

  17. +The Tank Museum
    One mistake: Only Renault FT actually and not Renault FT 17. FT 17 was and still is completely wrong…

  18. I cant remember whether it was a vickers or one of these but somebody found one in iraq during the recent conflict there.

  19. Come out to the museum of the American GI in college station texas. We have the only one that runs in north america

  20. 😂 "Still, we've all got to suffer some bits and pieces." Priceless, Mr. Fletcher is the only one who can say it with such elegancy. 😂😆

  21. Amazing how many elements of this design stood the test of time. Even modern tanks have the same basic layout as this little monster. The French really nailed it with this one.

  22. Heard a bit about these over the years, and i have seen photos of Lt. Patton with one. I would think a 37 mm gun would be the way to go (various ammo available, including case shot for anti-infantry use), and squeeze in a coaxial MG if possible. One of the photos appeared to have something next to the 37mm gun. Had the rapid firing 20mm cannons been available then, that may have been a great choice. Great series. Love Mr. Fletcher

  23. A very nice example of the American M1917 ( our version of the FT-17) is setting in a museum in Danville NC. having a close look at it gave me a much improved impression of the sort of engineering and work that went into these little terrors

  24. There’s also one French platoon commanded by a Brazilian lieutenant. After the war he bring those tanks to home and become the first South American Armored Force! My respect to Lieutenant José Pessoa!

  25. An amazing little tank. I could listen to Mr. Fletcher's tank chats for days. I hope he and David Willey were respectfully mobbed for signatures at Tank Fest. I wouldn't miss that opportunity for the world. Thank you.

  26. Patton was leading his battalion of Renaults into the attack on foot. Without radios, his only way to give orders was to run to a leading tank and pound on it. This was while under intense enemy fire. Finally, a German round caught him in the butt, spun him around and threw him into a shell crater. He nearly bled to death before being rescued. Patton probably deserved a MOH for that one.

  27. OMG I was saying this was the Centurion of WW1 and I see this and it actually was the Centurion of WW1 in the fact in the 1940's it was still being used. This has now truly become my favourite tank of all time 😀 😀 😀

  28. I've always wondered if this tank was the Inspiration for the Bonaparte Mini Tank in Masamune Shirow's Dominion Tank Police manga and anime of the 90's.

  29. Everyone seems to consider this the first example of using a turret on an armoured vehicle, but the Rolls Royce armoured cars had them in 1915 and, I suspect, they were not the first. Doesn't it count unless it has tracks?

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