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Meet Amazing Americans Leaders & Statesmen George S. Patton Jr.
U.S. Tank Corps Recruitment Poster, 1917.
U.S. Tank Corps Recruitment Poster, 1917.

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George S. Patton Jr., Tank Pioneer
Can you imagine that the U.S. Army had almost no tanks when America entered World War I in 1917? The tank was then a new weapon that had only occasionally been used in battle. When the U.S. Army decided to form a Tank Corps in late 1917, Captain George S. Patton volunteered to help create this completely new force. Patton learned all he could about tank design, operation and repair from the leading Allied experts and observed the first large-scale use of tanks by British forces at Cambrai, France, in December 1917. A quick learner, Patton soon set out to establish the first training school for U.S. tank crews at Langres, France.
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