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Last Monday at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, a six-ton American version of the World War One French Renault tank was unveiled -- one of two in existence in Canada. The press release announcing the acquisition notes that my father, "defacto founder of the Canadian Armoured Corps," acquired some 250 of these tanks in the early days of WWII, when they were already obsolete. I was a kid, around 12 or 13 when a train load of these Renaults chugged into Camp Borden. Everyone in Borden was on hand to greet them -- the first tanks ever to be on Canadian soil.