WW1 French Renault Tank booklet FT

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  1. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    The Renault FT was a French light tank, the booklet/manual printed in 1920 for the French army. I have just bought this original copy. Anyone have any info on it, was issued to 502e rgt de chars légers 5 compagnie.
    Thanks for any help.

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  2. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Dear morrisc8, I am a tad envious!

    Volume eight (of nine), "Description and Maintenance of Equipment".

    Hmmmmm. If that petrol tank takes a round.....

    Good fortune in hunting down the other eight for a complete set.

    Kind regards, always,

  3. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Thanks for the info Jim, is there a list of the other ones.
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  4. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    I can’t see your images for some reason Keith, but you may find digital copies of other volumes in the series here: https://gallica.bnf.fr/services/eng...lica all "char renault ft")&lang=en&suggest=0
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  5. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Hello Keith,

    I've just read from the front cover (nothing more!) The other eight in the series are those listed (roman numerals) on the bottom section of your cover.

    They'll be out there to be had somewhere, and without, I hope, too much advertising, Ebay.fr is likely the best bet for tracking them down at reasonable prices.

    It's a great find. There is likely an English language equivalent set which the American Army may have originated. I'd be almost certain they would have translated the originals for their own use.

    The Regiment (with Renaults) saw action in the Great War.

    One question, if I may, Is there a name (of owner originally issued to) anywhere on the covers or within?

    Kind regards, always,

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  6. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

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  7. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Hi Jim, It is in the post to me from France and i bought it on Ebay.fr. When i get it i will have a look for a name. I am a member on that French website.
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  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Lovely thing.
    Funny how old school Technical Drawing still beats modern pooter-created stuff, aesthetically.
    Maybe someone needs to consider finer line work when creating such.
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  9. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Excellent Keith, and thank you.

    If there is a name written on it I may (only may mind you!) be able to find some information on the "previous owner".

    For you, if interested, here's the death recorded (as "killed by the enemy") of one of the chaps from the link in post #6

    Always remember, never forget,


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  10. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Has a name on the Index and back cover. Info on the Engine, Gearbox, Running Gear, MG, Gun, Rad, Fan and much more. Has 20 pull out diagrams.
    French tank FT ww1 index name.jpg French tank FT ww1 name.jpg French tank FT ww1 MG. close up.jpg French tank FT ww1 MG.sight.jpg
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  11. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Info on the track and engine.
    french tank FT track .kb.jpg french tank FT Eng kb.jpg
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  12. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Excellent stuff Keith, thanks for posting it up, very much appreciated.

    I'll have a look for Monsieur Beauchamps this evening. At least his "matricule" (service number) - well that's what I'm hoping the 1690 is - looks about right given it was a newly formed Regiment in the last years of The Great War/early 1920s and there won't have been too many chaps serving within same up till then.

    My only caution would be that Beauchamps is not an uncommon name within France!

    If I come up with anything, no matter how thin, I'll post it up here for you.

    Kind regards, and again thanks for posting the images up, it's a cracking find!

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