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Here's one I just had to post here, an immaculate M2A3 Infantry Tank of an unknown Infantry Tank Regiment on 6 April 1939 at a parade in Washington for Army Day.

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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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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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In the vicinity of Davis Ford, near Manassas, VA during the 1939 III Corps Maneuvers. Elements of the 66th Infantry Regiment (Light Tanks). From Military Engineer magazine.

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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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More from the 11th Tank Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaiian Division 1930's - Note the Taro Leaf insignia on the turrets

 

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11th Tank Company on the move, Schofield Barracks

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11th Tank Company on the move, Schofield Barracks

 

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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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11th Tank Company .30 machine gun display at Schofield Barracks, T.H.

 

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3 hours ago, Story said:

27th Tank Company, 27th Infantry Division

 

Great addition.

 

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Thanks.

You should love this, then - photos from the Saint Louis Globe-Democrat via the University of Missouri Digital Library [Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library » Pott Library Special Collections » P-029: John Hartford Collection » P-029: John Hartford Collection Photographs St. Louis Mercantile Library].

Links only, to spare this site bandwidth.

"Tanks in the Field 3" July 28 1939

https://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/umsl/islandora/object/umsl%3A247431

Tanks in the Field 2

https://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/umsl/islandora/object/umsl%3A247429

Tanks in the Field

These light tanks were photographed in action yesterday at Jefferson Barracks they prepared to depart for Arcadia, MO., where they will be used in training a group of reserve officers in working out combat problems.

https://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/umsl/islandora/object/umsl%3A247427

Tanks down the road - July 28 1939

The light tanks of the Sixth Tank Company at Jefferson Barracks, under command of Capt. J. H. Gilbreth, departed last night for Arcadia, MO., where combat problems will be worked out by 41 officers of the 420th Infantry, Reserves, as the final part of their tank training at Jefferson Barracks this season.

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

 

 

 

 

 

But wait, there's more -

 

Tank. July 24, 1937

The Sixty Infrantry (above) passingin review before its commanding officer, Col. Joseph A. Atkins, yesterday afternoon at Jefferson Barracks after the post had been inspected by Major Gen. Charles D. Harron, commanding the Sixth Corps area.

https://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/umsl/islandora/object/umsl%3A247304

 

The Only 'Casualty', An Overturned Tank--Jefferson Barracks May 28 1938

The only casualty in the maneuvers was this tank, which overturned when its driver came too close to the edge of a ditch. Two tanks and a block and tackle were required to right it.

https://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/umsl/islandora/object/umsl%3A247366

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10 hours ago, mysteriousoozlefinch said:

Going through the paces for West Virginia University ROTC cadets, from the WVU West Virginia & Regional History Center.


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https://wvhistoryonview.org/catalog/023272

 

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They are of the 1st Cavalry, 7th Cavalry Brigade out of Knox. We spy the 1st Cavalry's Blackhawk Unit Crest on the one tank there.

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