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UNIQUE ID 211: RENAULT FT LIGHT TANK

(Model: Forged and cast round turret)

Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum, Overloon, The Netherlands

(Location: Marshall Collection Hall)


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Unique ID: 211
Added to Database: 21 June 2011
Last Edited: 26 June 2011
Type (ID): Renault FT (6030)
Model (ID): Forged and cast round turret (6060)
Location Category (ID): Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum (11400)
Location (ID): Marshall Collection Hall (11404)
Serial Number: 788.18: “788.18” stamped into manufacturer’s plate on left suspension frame (year of manufacture 1918). “78818” painted on suspension frames.
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “112” painted in red with white edging on turret sides. “Louis RENAULT CONSTRUCTEUR BILLANCOURT-SEINE” cast into plaque on left suspension frame. “P. GIROD LOIRE” cast into front left turret side. “G8” painted on front right turret side. German crosses painted on nose and hull rear. Painted overall blue-grey.
Collection Reference:
Links: Wikipedia – Volkel Air Base
Landships Forum
Tanks!
TWENOT Forum
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Renault S.A., Boulogne-Billancourt, Île-de-France, North East France, France (Built 1918)
2: Volkel Airfield, Netherlands (Until late 1944)
3: Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum, Overloon, Boxmeer, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands (Current location)


Text in original Preserved French Tanks publication:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In The Netherlands publication:

Two examples of the Renault FT were purchased in 1927 by the Netherlands Army for trials and testing of tanks on Dutch soil. This included a test at The Hague on 12 May 1927 (source: Tanks!). One ended its career in the Dutch army in 1939 at the Ripperda barracks in Haarlem as a gate monument, with its engine removed; the Germans might however have replaced the engine and used it for airfield security (source: Landships Forum). This machine-gun armed Renault FT was used by the Germans for guarding services and was left behind on Volkel Airfield. It was restored in 1974/75 by Dutch Army volunteers. It has been suggested that it is an original Dutch Renault FT, however it does not appear to match contemporary photographs in a number of ways, in particular it has its manufacturer’s plate on the left track frame (the same side as the lifting jack) whereas the Dutch vehicles had it on the right track frame (the same side as the exhaust).
Volkel Airfield, Nachtlandeplatz Volkel, was constructed by the Luftwaffe as a diversion airfield for fighter aircraft after the occupation of the Netherlands by Germany in 1940. Later during the war, in 1943, the airfield was turned into an operational Luftwaffe base, and renamed Fliegerhorst Volkel. It was home to the 5e Zerstörer Gruppe operating the Junkers Ju 88, and the 3e Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 7 operating the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter aircraft. A second jet engined aircraft, the Arado Ar 234 Bomber, landed in the morning of August 30, 1944, and flew bombing missions out of Volkel for about a week. V-1 flying bombs were also fired from Volkel. To defend the base against aerial attacks, the Germans had installed flak guns, but it was still bombed extensively. Attacks in 1944 in relation to Operation Market Garden caused such extensive damage to the airport that it could no longer be used by the Luftwaffe. When later that year the south of the Netherlands was liberated, the Royal Air Force took control of the airfield. (Source: Wikipedia).


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July 2012

Upper front left view
1: Upper front left view

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
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Upper front left view
2: Upper front left view

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 8396
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Upper rear left view
3: Upper rear left view

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 8397
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Front left view
4: Front left view

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 8398
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Left view
5: Left view

Taken: 6 July 2012
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Photo ID: 8399
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Rear left view
6: Rear left view

Taken: 6 July 2012
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 8400
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June 2011

Left view
7: Left view

Taken: 3 June 2011
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5320
Added: 25 June 2011
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Front view
8: Front view

Taken: 3 June 2011
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5321
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Rear left view
9: Rear left view

Taken: 3 June 2011
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5322
Added: 25 June 2011
Filename: 16_FT17s...
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Engine compartment
10: Engine compartment

Taken: 3 June 2011
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5323
Added: 25 June 2011
Filename: 15_FT17s...
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Close-up
11: Close-up

Taken: 3 June 2011
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5324
Added: 25 June 2011
Filename: 11_FT17s...
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Close-up
12: Close-up

Taken: 3 June 2011
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5325
Added: 25 June 2011
Filename: 13_FT17s...
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Turret close-up
13: Turret close-up

Taken: 3 June 2011
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5326
Added: 25 June 2011
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Tail
14: Tail

Taken: 3 June 2011
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5327
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September 2010

Front left view
15: Front left view

Taken: 3 September 2010
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5317
Added: 25 June 2011
Filename: 06_FT17s...
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Rear left view
16: Rear left view

Taken: 3 September 2010
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5318
Added: 25 June 2011
Filename: 08_FT17s...
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Close up of maker
17: Close up of maker's plate and serial number

Taken: 3 September 2010
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5319
Added: 25 June 2011
Filename: 07_FT17s...
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May 2010

Front right view
18: Front right view

Taken: 16 May 2010
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5313
Added: 25 June 2011
Filename: 02_FT17s...
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Right view
19: Right view

Taken: 16 May 2010
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5314
Added: 25 June 2011
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Rear right view
20: Rear right view

Taken: 16 May 2010
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5315
Added: 25 June 2011
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Rear right view
21: Rear right view

Taken: 16 May 2010
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5316
Added: 25 June 2011
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July 2008

Front right view
22: Front right view

Taken: 29 July 2008
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 5312
Added: 25 June 2011
Filename: 01_FT17s...
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February 2005

Left view, photo by Stahlkocher
23: Left view, photo by Stahlkocher

Taken: 7 February 2005
Contributor: Wikimedia
Photo ID: 2701
Added: 21 June 2011
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1987

Front right view, photo by A. Buschorn
24: Front right view, photo by A. Buschorn

Taken: 1987
Contributor: Wikimedia
Photo ID: 2702
Added: 21 June 2011
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April 1982

Front view
25: Front view

Taken: 13 April 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2171
Added: 21 June 2011
Filename: ScanF_FT...
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Right view
26: Right view

Taken: 13 April 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2445
Added: 21 June 2011
Filename: ScanR_FT...
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Rear right view
27: Rear right view

Taken: 13 April 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2446
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Left view
28: Left view

Taken: 13 April 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2584
Added: 21 June 2011
Filename: ScanL_FT...
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Close up of front
29: Close up of front

Taken: 13 April 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2699
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Filename: ScanCU2_...
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Close up of suspension
30: Close up of suspension

Taken: 13 April 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2700
Added: 21 June 2011
Filename: ScanCU_F...
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1981

Front left view, photo by A. Knowles
31: Front left view, photo by A. Knowles

Taken: 1981
Contributor: Wikimedia
Photo ID: 2703
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Filename: A011-002...
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