Two Six-Ton Tanks Climbing a Hill

Two Six-Ton Tanks Climbing a Hill

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Watercolor and pastel on white paper of two six-ton Renault FT-17 tanks (also called "light tanks") climbing a hill. The Renault FT-17 is a two-man tank with the driver seated in front and the gunner standing behind him in the turret. The turret is fully rotating and is mounted with a machine gun. The tank's motor compartment is in back. The tank has two tracked drive wheels which allow it to maneuver over rough terrain and a rear tail to help maintain balance when crossing trenches. The Renault is a French tank and is generally considered to be the world's first modern tank.
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Object Name
date made
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1917 - 1918
associated person
War Department
Townsend, Harry
Townsend, Harry
Physical Description
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 11 in x 19 3/4 in; 27.94 cm x 50.165 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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