You had to be under 5′ 4″ to man this armored coffin

A pretty decent look at the first real U.S. tank, the M1917 Renault, with Len Dyer of the National Armor and Cavalry Restoration Shop.

The U.S. Army Tank Corps picked up just under 1,000 of these in the last days of WWI and they remained in service to one degree or another through the 1930s.

1920s US soldiers including 1903s, 37mm gun and 1917 Renault tank

Posed 1920s US soldiers including 1903s, 37mm gun, BAR, light mortar and 1917 Renault tank

They made pretty good public relations tools, though…

Boys playing on M1917 tank, Raton, New Mexico 1920

Boys playing on M1917 tank, Raton, New Mexico 1920

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