An authentic example of a 1918 enlistment propaganda poster for the brand new US Tank Corps remastered from the Library of Congress. Printed on super-soft, baby-knit t-shirts that look great on both men and women – it fits like a well-loved favorite. Made from 100% cotton, except for heather colors, which contain polyester.
Tanks rose out of necessity during the apocalypse of World War 1. The innovations in firepower drove infantry to the trenches and into stalemate. The Americans entering the war had none. Though a few officers with a background in cavalry, and experience chasing Poncho Via around in Mexico in trucks years before understood their possibilities.Two of those officers were Captains George S. Patton and my Great Grandfather Edwin j. Gruber.
When the US Tank Corps began, it had all of 483 officers and 7,700 enlisted men. They eventually roiled in two types of tanks. The first the French-made Renault FT model, divided into 20 battalions. The second, shown in the poster, were the British Mark VI heavy tanks, divided into 10 battalions. The Corps saw action in the Battles of St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Battle of St.. Quentin Canal and the Battle of the Selle. Few made it through. Most were destroyed or broke down.
As the harrowing tales of these brave men fade to history, we’re playing our respects on the centennial with a line of WW1 inspired shirts.
Published: between 1917 and 1918. Artist: August William Hutaf.
• 100% ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Baby-knit jersey
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Cover stitched and hemmed sleeves
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