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GWUS-007H -- RENAULT FT, HOTCHKISS 8mm machine gun, 2nd Platoon, 1st Company, 344th Tank Battalion, 304th Tank Brigade, Verdun 1918

GWUS-007H -- RENAULT FT, HOTCHKISS 8mm machine gun, 2nd Platoon, 1st Company, 344th Tank Battalion, 304th Tank Brigade, Verdun 1918
GWUS-007H -- RENAULT FT, HOTCHKISS 8mm machine gun, 2nd Platoon, 1st Company, 344th Tank Battalion, 304th Tank Brigade, Verdun 1918
GWUS-007H -- RENAULT FT, HOTCHKISS 8mm machine gun, 2nd Platoon, 1st Company, 344th Tank Battalion, 304th Tank Brigade, Verdun 1918
GWUS-007H -- RENAULT FT, HOTCHKISS 8mm machine gun, 2nd Platoon, 1st Company, 344th Tank Battalion, 304th Tank Brigade, Verdun 1918
GWUS-007H -- RENAULT FT, HOTCHKISS 8mm machine gun, 2nd Platoon, 1st Company, 344th Tank Battalion, 304th Tank Brigade, Verdun 1918
GWUS-007H -- RENAULT FT, HOTCHKISS 8mm machine gun, 2nd Platoon, 1st Company, 344th Tank Battalion, 304th Tank Brigade, Verdun 1918
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SKU: GWUS-007H
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Price: $178.00
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In the St. Mihiel Offensive Patton learned that he couldn't count on army motorization to keep his armored units supplied with fuel. In the Meuse-Argonne campaign, therefore, he ordered his tank crews to strap fuel drums to the back of their machines. This entailed the obvious risk that a drum might be hit by shells or shrapnel, causing a fiery explosion which would incinerate the crewmen inside. Patton was well aware of the potential for disaster and, quite characteristically, ignored it. He felt that the loss of a few tanks and their crews to shellfire was preferable to the loss of many to a lack of fuel. Even so, he ordered that the drums be loosely tied to the tanks with ropes, the idea being that a fire would burn through the ropes and cause the drums to fall to the ground before exploding.

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