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Summary: US Army tank training exercise, probably in Florida, just after the First World War.
Description: The exercises take place in swamp country as dusk begins to fall. The tanks are M1917 or M1918 (Renault) light tanks and the Tank Mark VIII "Liberty", with two scout airships above them. The tanks practise hill climbing and trench crossing on a training ground, and demonstrate their ability to push over small trees and drive through swamp. Two of the Renaults drive directly 'over' the camera. As the sun sets the exercise continues, with the airships dropping illumination flares, while the tank exhausts throw out luminescent white smoke. Some foot soldiers advance with the tanks, which fire as they move.
Personalities, Units and Organisations: United States Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: training, United States military - combat: tanks (object name)
armour, French - tank: Renault & [United States] (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M1917 (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M1918 (object name)
armour, British - tank: Tank Mark VIII Liberty & [United States] (object name)
Florida, United States of America (geography)
night & [+] (concept)
half-light & [+] (concept)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 315 ft; Running time: 5 mins
Notes: Technical: this item is currently held on the same reel as IWM 1064-01b, the can is marked as IWM 1064-01
Remarks: really apocalyptic stuff, beautiful to look at but completely removed from the realities of tank trials or practical training exercises