Fort Lewis, Washington, 1941. The 756th Tank Battalion (light) was activated hear on 1 June 1941. (David Redle)
Fort Lewis, Washington, 1942. A 756th Tank Battalion M2 “Combat Car” maneuvers through the mud of a training course. M2s were the first “tanks” to be used by the battalion. They were introduced in 1938 and already obsolete by 1940. (David Redle)
Fort Lewis, Washington, 1942. Two M3 light tanks (756th Tank Battalion) and an M3 medium tank (752nd Tank Battalion) depart camp for a day of training. (David Redle)
Fort Lewis, Washington, 1941. 2nd Lt Roger Fazendin uses hand signals from atop his M3 light tank to guide his platoon during training maneuvers. (David Redle)
Fort Lewis, Washington, 1942. Profiled of 2nd Lt Roger Fazendin while training in an M3 light tank. The M3 was later replaced by a newer M5 light tank. (David Redle)
Newport News, Virginia, 20 October 1942. 2nd Lt Edwin Olson of C Company prepares to ship out with his platoon of new M5 light tanks as part of the Operation Torch landings near Casablanca, Morocco. (Library of Virginia photo C1:2/01/019)
Newport News, Virginia, October 1942. 756th Tank Battalion M5 light tanks equipped for amphibious landings await loading for Operation Torch. (Library of Virginia photo C1:2/01/047)
Mignano Area, Italy, January 1944. A tank crew from B Company prepares an M4 “Sherman” for battle. In November 1943 the 756th Tank Battalion was re-designated a medium tank battalion and equipped with M4 medium tanks. (Patton Museum/Gene Palumbo)