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It is nice isn't it ? a crystle clear and crisp photo, that this tank carries a Guidon for a Company B, we can take it that this particular tank is the personel mount of the Company Commander of whatever Baker Company this was in, the 66th Infantry Regiment (Light Tanks) would be my guess.

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...this tank carries a Guidon for a Company B...66th Infantry Regiment (Light Tanks) would be my guess...

Sound guesswork, Patches: 1st Battalion, 66th Infantry Regiment (Light Tanks) was stationed at Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, in 1939, which is nearby Washington, D.C., and its tanks would have been natural participants for ceremonial duties such as this. Perhaps one our tank specialists will interpret the triangle "C" (tactical marking?) on the sponson for us and pin down the exact unit identification of this tank.

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Then out spake brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:


"To every man upon this earth death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,


For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods."

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Another 1930s Tank, this one is the 38th Tank Company, 38th Division, consisted of Kentucky National Guardmen, period of Photo Unknown, My guess by the Tank model M2A3 would be around the same time as the DC photo. This unit went on to form a part of the ill fated 192nd Tank Battalion (Light) which was wiped out in the Phillipines.

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I've got a pile here! First three are from circa 1939-1940 of the 29th Tank Company on its way to the State Military Reservation at Virginia Beach, with the last M2A3 in tow. The 29th was from Danville and in 1940 became Company C, 191st Tank Battalion. I've had these pictures so long I don't know where they came from. The Norfolk, VA library I think.

 

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6th Infantry Division SSI on 6th Tank Company M2s, 1939. From the Saint Louis Globe-Democrat via the St. Louis Mercantile Library.

https://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/umsl/islandora/object/umsl%3A247421

 

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There is also an excellent picture for sale on ebay right now from the previous decade of the 7th Tank Company at Fort Snelling conducting a demonstration attack in 1923 with M1917s.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Demonstration-Attack-Tanks-Infantry-ORC-Camp-Fort-Snelling-Minnesota-1923-Photo/264283735254?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

 

 

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Here's a great one sent to me by my Undercover Operative of a M1917 Tank, a copy of the Renault FT Tank of the 33rd Division's 33rd Tank Company, 1932, Note the Golden Cross shoulder patch on rear of tank. a rather obsolete tank really when this photo was taken, if not on its way to soon being one, the French Renault FT on the other hand was still used in fair numbers by many nations throughout the 30s, to include the French who's tank this originally was, indeed they still had a few battalions equipt with it in 1940, and was also in combat with several other countries at the beginning of WWII, like the Polish, the Yugoslavians etc. Unknown exactly when the U.S. version was replaced by the newer models coming out, 1937-38?.

 

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The detailed description provided by my Friend.

 

George Washington Bicentennial Military Tournament at Soldiers Field, Chicago, June 24 to July 4th, 1932. It was an Army show, with 6th Corps Area Regular Army, National Guard, and Organized Reserve units participating. Chicago was 33rd Division's home turf and, lucky us, someone decided to stage that pix. of tank-board cuties. Ekmark, of course, is a renowned photographer of that era who famously recorded thousands of military venues of the interwar period.

And a something on the photographer Ekmark, Carl J. Ekmart, who himself was in the Army, don't know, he may have been one of the earliest uniformed photographers in the history of the Army, he at one point was photographer for the 14th U.S. Cavalry.

 

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/63098632/carl-j-ekmark#

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Our house in Millilani had almost the same view of those mountains on Oahu.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Here's a great one sent to me by my Undercover Operative of a M1917 Tank, a copy of the Renault FT Tank of the 33rd Division's 33rd Tank Company, 1932, Note the Golden Cross shoulder patch on rear of tank. a rather obsolete tank really when this photo was taken, if not on its way to soon being one, the French Renault FT on the other hand was still used in fair numbers by many nations throughout the 30s, to include the French who's tank this originally was, indeed they still had a few battalions equipt with it in 1940, and was also in combat with several other countries at the beginning of WWII, like the Polish, the Yugoslavians etc. Unknown exactly when the U.S. version was replaced by the newer models coming out, 1937-38?.

 

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The detailed description provided by my Friend.

 

George Washington Bicentennial Military Tournament at Soldiers Field, Chicago, June 24 to July 4th, 1932. It was an Army show, with 6th Corps Area Regular Army, National Guard, and Organized Reserve units participating. Chicago was 33rd Division's home turf and, lucky us, someone decided to stage that pix. of tank-board cuties. Ekmark, of course, is a renowned photographer of that era who famously recorded thousands of military venues of the interwar period.

And a something on the photographer Ekmark, Carl J. Ekmart, who himself was in the Army, don't know, he may have been one of the earliest uniformed photographers in the history of the Army, he at one point was photographer for the 14th U.S. Cavalry.

 

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/63098632/carl-j-ekmark#

Great pic Patches.

Chicago still is the 33rds home turf.

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I've got a nice one from the early 30s that my great grandfather took of a couple of FT-17s on a railcar.

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