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Looks an awesome book Ken, Ill be sure to get that one if I see it.

 

In addition to the Togs, Maus, Tortoise, etc there is a section, a bit smaller, on Japanese super heavies...

...along with a Jason on the inside cover among the many other names :ninja:

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Were there ever any dedicated engineering FT-17 variants, or just fascine carriers?

 

It seems rather more logical in retrospect to build engineering/assault tanks with bridging equipment than take things to their logical conclusion and build this massive, super long tanks to cross AT trenches. The prototyped Mk VIII Star was supposed to be some whopping 14 meters long. I don't think it would have even been able to turn in soft terrain.

there was a command version

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Or, are you thinking of the FO version? The army referred to it as the signal tank [viz. Hunnicutt, Stuart] but the one USMC version pictured was kept by the arty regiment even after the eight M1917A1 were declared surplus. The bulky compartment was just for the radio.

 

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Yes, i was under the impression it was a command tank. I have seen some footage from WWI show a box type structure on them. I have to say the more I have looked at the FT-17 and variants, the more I appreciate how clever a design it was for it's time.

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Were there ever any dedicated engineering FT-17 variants, or just fascine carriers?

 

It seems rather more logical in retrospect to build engineering/assault tanks with bridging equipment than take things to their logical conclusion and build this massive, super long tanks to cross AT trenches. The prototyped Mk VIII Star was supposed to be some whopping 14 meters long. I don't think it would have even been able to turn in soft terrain.

 

Variants:

 

- MG armed tank

- 37mm armed tank

- 75mm armed tank (gun in modified hull, no turret)

- 75mm armed tank (gun in turret)

- Signal tank

- Fascine laying tank (appears to be a normal tank with a fascine carrying attachment)

- Dozer tank (no turret, probably post-war)

- Mine plow tank (probably post-war)

- Bridge-layer tank (probably post-war)

- Heavy mortar tank - 1940 project carrying a 240mm or 280 mm mortar

- Pill-box tank - gutted and placed in the Maginot line, post-war

- Agricultural tractor tank - tanks were used to pull plows in evacuated rear areas where troops were doing agricultural work in lieu of the evacuated farmers.

 

EDIT: Just found another one...

 

- River barge towing vehicle: (about half a page down)

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