- 375 blocks
- Includes 1 figure – WWI Tank Commander
- Compatible with other leading brands of construction blocks
- Made in Europe
- Illustrated instructions manual included in each set
- Model dimensions (L x W x H): 7.28″ x 2.95″ x 3.54″
- Recommended Ages: 6 and Up
- Part of COBI Historical Collection: Great War series
This French tank was introduced in 1917. While it is slow (under 5 miles per hour) and not very powerful (35 horsepower engine) by today’s standards, it was revolutionary for its time. In fact, some of its designs are still used today. For example, the rotating turret and placing the engine in the rear of its hull. Because the United States didn’t have a tank of its own, the Renault FT-17 was the main the U.S. Army used as well. Compare this tank design to that of their British allies, the Mark I, introduced in 1916.
In fact, a young George S. Patton Jr. was one of the first officers to command this tank in battle. To view the Five of Hearts, an FT-17 tank that served in Patton’s tank brigade during World War I located at the National Museum of the U.S. Army, click here.
A Wisconsin Veteran’s Story…
After WWI, the Janesville Tank Company, Company A, of the 32nd Infantry Division trained in the Renault FT-17 tanks at Camp Douglas in Wisconsin.