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UNIQUE ID 1580: RENAULT FT LIGHT TANK

(Model: One-piece cast round turret)

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Tank Story Hall)


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Unique ID: 1580
Added to Database: 25 February 2011
Last Edited: 20 March 2012
Type (ID): Renault FT (6030)
Model (ID): One-piece cast round turret (6040)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): Tank Story Hall (3004)
Serial Number:
Registration: 66016: “66016” painted on nose and suspension frames.
Name:
Other Identification: “13” painted on hull sides.
Collection Reference: E1965.43. (Accession 4365, Entry 1965.1015).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Renault S.A., Boulogne-Billancourt, Île-de-France, North East France, France (Manufactured December 1917)
2: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London, Britain (ca1920s – 1965)
3: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved French Tanks publication:

[No entry]

Text in Preserved French Tanks Update:

[No entry]

Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This FT is fitted with a one-piece cast turret with central cupola and hatch, a cast steel driver's visor, and a swivel-mounted machine gun. It was built at Billancourt-Seine in December 1917. It appears to have been part of the Imperial War Museum collection after the First World War and arrived at the Tank Museum as part of an exchange of exhibits in 1965. The tail skid turned up about 20 years later, having been discovered in a store at IWM Duxford. A plate on the front reads “NON PROTÉGÉ” and indicates that the hull is unarmoured, fabricated from mild steel; 150 of these were produced and equipped with a cast turret mounting an 8mm Hotchkiss machine-gun, they were used for training. As received it had nothing inside at all; no driving controls, seats, turret fittings or mechanical components.
It is currently displayed with the left-hand suspension removed.


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March 2011

Upper front right view
1: Upper front right view

Taken: 9 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6959
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55315943...
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Front left view
2: Front left view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6957
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55310100...
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Front right view
3: Front right view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6958
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55315939...
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October 2008

Upper front right view
4: Upper front right view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4583
Added: 25 February 2011
Filename: P1040197...
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Upper front right view
5: Upper front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4584
Added: 25 February 2011
Filename: P1030294...
Views: 76
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Upper front left view
6: Upper front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4585
Added: 25 February 2011
Filename: P1030282...
Views: 89
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Upper front left view
7: Upper front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4586
Added: 25 February 2011
Filename: P1030277...
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October 1982

Front left view
8: Front left view

Taken: 26 October 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6730
Added: 12 February 2012
Filename: Scan_FT_...
Views: 81
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