c. 1919 USA photo postcard Fort Meade Maryland Tank Cops Band marching

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Photo postcard of the Tank Corps Band playing in the middle of a field at Fort Meade, as part of a Military Review. Note on back from drummer.

Written on negative “FORT MEADE. MD. THE TANK BAND


Message in French on back:

Oui, c’est moi avec el tambour – Nous voici jouant pour une Revue Militaire à Fort Meade Maryland USA

Yes, it's me with the drum - Here we are playing for a Military Review…


Fort George G. Meade is a United States Army installation located in Maryland. Initially called Camp Annapolis Junction, the post was opened as "Camp Admiral" in 1917 on 29.7 sq mi acquired for a training camp. The post was called Camp Meade Cantonment by 1918, Camp Franklin Signal Corps school was located there and in 1919, the Camp Benning tank school—formed from the World War I Camp Colt and Tobyhanna schools—was transferred to the fort before the Tank Corps was disbanded.


On January 26, 1918, Brigadier General Samuel Rockenbach was named commander of the newly formed U.S. Tank Corps. General Rockenbach remained with the Tank Corps when it returned from Europe and took up residence at the old Franklin Cantonment at Camp Meade as commander of the Tank Corps and the new created Tank School. By July 1919, 154 officers and 2,508 enlisted men were training here.