September 26, 2003
WW1 tanks found in Afghanistan
Maj. Robert Redding, a Special Forces member of the Colorado Army National Guard, found two World War I tanks while visiting an Afghan scrapyard filled with old fighting equipment.Read the full story here.
Redding sent digital photographs of the tanks to the Patton Museum at Fort Knox with a note asking if the museum would be interested.
"When we saw the pictures, we said, `Heck yeah, we want 'em,'" said Col. Tim Reese, among the people who viewed the photographs.
The two FT-18 tanks were built in France during World War I. They are the same model as tanks used by Gen. George S. Patton to train American troops in France in 1917 and 1918. . .
Fort Knox personnel arrived in Kabul in May to restore the tanks. The vehicles weren't covered in a lot of rust because Afghanistan is relatively dry, but they were dirty from sitting outside for almost 50 years. . .
Reese said the tanks were in surprisingly good condition. Both tanks still have their original engines, complete tracks and most of the key parts. Their weapons are missing, however.
Posted by David on September 26, 2003 1:35 PM