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A WWI-era tank returns to Poland from Afghanistan
In this picture publicly provided by Polish army, French-made FT-17 tank used by Poland in its 1920 war against the Red Army returned to Poznan, Poland on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 from Afghanistan where it was serving as a decoration at the defense ministry. According to historians it probably was captured by the Bolsheviks during the war, and later sent to Kabul as a gift. After maintenance it will be displayed at the Polish Armed Forces Museum. Europe has only three such tanks, the museum says. It is the first tank on tracks with front cabin and rear engine. AP Photo/Jacek Thomas/Training Center of Poland's Land Forces.
WARSAW (AP).- 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.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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