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Robert Ernst-Metzmaier.

I am very sorry to have to report the death in December 2021, of Robert Georges Claude Ernst-Metzmaier, who was, believe it or not, the son of Rodolphe Ernst-Metzmaier.

Robert was 97. His father, designer of the Renault FT in 1917, lived to be 98, dying in 1985. I had the good fortune to correspond with Robert about his father's role in the design of the FT, and he was most helpful, providing me with documents and photographs. I also met his (IIRC) great-nephew, who was studying engineering in Liverpool.

Something that emerged was that a man often seen in photographs of the FT prototype and described as Rodolphe Ernst-Metzmaier is not him. We haven't identified the man, but he bears no resemblance to Rodolphe.

Rodolphe Ernst-Metzmaier with the full-scale wooden mockup of the vehicle  soon to be known as the Renault FT - Colorized : r/TankPorn

Not Rodolphe.


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