The Renault FT-17 Tank

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FT-17 Tank

The FT-17 was designed from the outset to be of a lightweight classification which offered better mobility and road speed than it's lumbering medium and heavy tank counterparts. The FT-17 was created through the persistence of French Army Colonel Jean-Baptise Estienne. Over 3,000 Renault Ft-17 were manufactured by French Industry, most of them were manufactured during 1918.
The Renault FT-17 tank prototype had a rotating turret, a rear engine configuration, a front driver, with the turret operator and a commander right behind. The FT-17 was big enough to allow sufficient grip on any ground. To manage large trench crossings a rear tail was mounted which facilitates balance. The FT-17 was the first tank to have its armament with a fully rotating turret.