- Treat 'Em Rough! Join the Tanks, United States Tank Corps, Open to fighting men
- American WWI poster
- Year: 1917-18
- Artist: August William Hutaf
The story of this poster
This poster encourage the men of the United states during the first World war to join and fight the war with the US Tank corps, witch was a quite new unit by this time in the History.
The first Tank training camp in the United States was formed 6th of March 1918 on the old battlefield of Gettysburg. 11th November 1918, it had opened a further two training camps in the U.S., one in Tobyhanna in Pensylvania and one in Camp Polk, Oregon. The entire United States Tank Corps now consisted of 483 officers and 7,700 enlisted men.
U.S. tank corps rolled up under the infantry and consisted in the First World War by two heavy brigades and four light, all was under the leadership of the command of Brigadier General Samuel D. Rockenbach.
The first tank battle group to participate in World War I was "Tank Corps of the American Expeditionary Force." This force consisted of 1,540 light tanks of the French-made Renault FT model, divided into 20 battalions with 77 each, and 450 pcs heavy tanks of the British tank model Mark VI, divided into 10 battalions with 45 each. However, only four of these battalions took part in battle.
One of the first officers who was assigned to the unit was the now famous General George S. Patton (back then Captain George S. Patton). Some parts of his unit was practiced in French Bourg others in Camp Meade, Maryland, USA and then shipped over to Bovington Tank Academy in England.
The first tank battles that the American battalions participated in during WW1 were: Battle of St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Battle of St.. Quentin Canal and the Battle of the Selle.
The tanks did not very much for the outcome of the First World War, but a new technology had emerged and was here to stay. After World War one the battle tank technology and strategies were developed and refined, later on during the Second World War the tank had it's great era with thousands of different kind of armoured vehicles and tanks.
Want to see how the United States Tank Corps looked like during the First World War? you can watch a short video about this on the link below:
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