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A World War I-Era Tank Returns to Poland From Afghanistan

Friday, 26 Oct 2012 05:51 PM

WARSAW, Poland — A tank used by Poland in its 1920 war against the Red Army was returned from Afghanistan where it was serving as a decoration at the defense ministry.

Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said Friday the French-made FT-17 tank has "historic and sentimental value" for Poland.

According to historians it probably was captured by the Bolsheviks during the war, and later sent to Kabul as a gift.

It was spotted at the Defense Ministry in Kabul by an Afghan employee of Poland's embassy, according to Piotr Lukasiewicz, the Polish ambassador to Kabul.

After maintenance it will be displayed at the Polish Armed Forces Museum, Siemoniak said.

Europe has only three such tanks, the museum says. It is the first tank on tracks with front cabin and rear engine.

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