Although most famous as a pioneer of aviation Sir George Cayley was also responsible for numerous other inventions and ideas. He patented a form of Caterpillar track, which he referred
The ninth installment of Towards the Tank, David Fletcher reveals the first caterpillar tracks, developed by inventor and educationalist Richard Edgeworth.
Tanks in the First World War were very slow. There were no tank transporters so tanks had to go by train and, as the war went on, they were getting
1917 was the first full year in which British tanks saw action. It was also a crucial year, when the very survival of the tank was being considered.
Most of the articles on this blog look at the tank from a British perspective. In the end, though, it would be the effect they had on the Germans that
The Mark IV was the main tank in service during 1917. In two short years, how did the tank used at Cambrai differ from its predecessor, Little Willie?
In mid-1917 the Germans held the high ground of the Messines Ridge in Flanders. It overlooked British positions in the Ypres Salient, meaning preparations for any British attack in this
The first Mark IV tanks arrived in France in late April 1917, and were issued to units in May.
The third instalment in David Fletcher’s three part series examining the experimental tanks of the First World War describes such oddities as cranes, bridges, and rudimentary amphibious tanks.
The Renault FT is by far the most well-known French tank of the First World War, but it was not the first Char d’Assaut used by the French Army.