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The Five of Hearts - Renault FT-17 Light Tank
The French-made Renault tank, nicknamed the Five of Hearts, belonged to the 344th Tank Battalion in the Tank Brigade under Col. George S. Patton, Jr. The full track steel tank with a turret mounted 37-mm gun had a two-man crew and a road speed of approximately 4.5 mph.
The Five of Hearts supported the 16th Infantry of the 1st Division in the Fleville Sector of the Meuse-Argonne Battle in October 1918. The tank is located at the Fort George G. Meade Museum at Fort Meade, Maryland.
The video is a post-World War I U.S. Army tank training exercise and the narrative is an excerpt from Sgt. Arthur Snyder’s speech recalling the details in the Five of Hearts on October 4, 1918 in the Meuse-Argonne region of France.
The Fort George G. Meade Museum is open to the public on Wednesday – Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. More information is available at http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/Museum/Index.htm
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