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Fort Polk engineer battalion uncovers WWII era tank

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Soldiers from the 687th Engineer Company at Fort Polk work on the grounds of Camp Beauregard in Pineville. While clearing land, the soldiers uncovered a buried World War II-era tank. / Courtesy/U.S. Army Soldiers from the 687th Engineer Company at Fort Polk work on the grounds of Camp Beauregard in Pineville. While clearing land, the soldiers uncovered a buried World War II-era tank. / Courtesy/U.S. Army
An engineering company from Fort Polk uncovered this World War II-era tank while clearing about six acres of forest at Camp Beauregard in Pineville. The tank will be restored and displayed at a museum on the grounds of Camp Beauregard. Courtesy/U.S. Army An engineering company from Fort Polk uncovered this World War II-era tank while clearing about six acres of forest at Camp Beauregard in Pineville. The tank will be restored and displayed at a museum on the grounds of Camp Beauregard. Courtesy/U.S. Army

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - An engineer battalion from the Fort Polk Army base that has been clearing land for a small arms range at the National Guard's Camp Beauregard in Pineville has uncovered a World War II-era tank.

Richard Moran, the curator for the Camp Beauregard Louisiana Military Maneuvers Museum, tells The Town Talk that the tank is either an M2A4 or an M3 Stuart tank. Moran says it is one of the earliest tanks mass produced for World War II.

The tank is small by Army tank standards. It holds only three soldiers. It had been converted for non-military use and was likely used as a tractor after the war.

It was discovered by the 687th Engineer Company, 46th Engineer Battalion, First Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

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