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THE HEROICS OF ELLIOT HOTBLACK (March 10, 2017 12:06 pm)
TANKS IN PALESTINE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (February 28, 2017 4:02 pm)
TANK MEN: ELLIOT HOTBLACK (February 28, 2017 12:09 pm)
PALESTINE TANK DETACHMENT (February 24, 2017 12:10 pm)
MARK I & MARK II TANKS IN GAZA (February 24, 2017 11:36 am)

David Fletcher

Mark V tank chat

TANK CHATS: MARK V TANK

Jun 30, 2016No Comments

David Fletcher gives an overview of the Mark V tank. Although similar in appearance to the Mark IV, the Mark V was a much better tank – more powerful and easier

Russian Water Tank

CAMOUFLAGE

Jun 17, 20161 Comment

From the very beginning the tank had to be well-camouflaged, first when it was a secret weapon and then later when it advanced on to the battlefield.

Whale Island Mark IV

A TANK IN YOUR TOWN – WHALE ISLAND

May 20, 2016No Comments

Tanks were not only presented to towns and cities under the National War Savings Scheme, they were also donated, by the Tank Corps to locations where tanks or components of

Mark IV tank chat

TANK CHATS: MARK IV TANK

May 13, 2016No Comments

David Fletcher gives an overview of the Mark IV tank, the first mass produced tank of the First World War and best known for the Battle of Cambrai.

Tank Crew Face Mask

THE FACE MASK & HELMET

May 09, 2016No Comments

This is a tank crew face mask, which would have been issued to every member of a tank’s crew to protect his face and particularly his eyes from the effects

Poelcapelle

A TANK IN YOUR TOWN – POELCAPELLE

May 09, 20162 Comments

Poelcapelle is in Belgium, not far from Ypres. During the First World War the area was the scene of some bitter fighting and it was almost reduced to rubble, but

Mark IV replica sponson

SPONSONS

Apr 22, 20162 Comments

Sponsons were built separately from tanks, not necessarily by the company that built the actual tanks. As far as the Mark I tanks of 1916 are concerned male sponsons, originally

Bombproof Roof

THE BOMBPROOF ROOF

Apr 22, 2016No Comments

This framework of wood and wire-netting (chicken wire the Americans call it) was devised as a means to prevent enemy stick grenades from lodging on the roof of the tank.

Mark I tank with tail

THE TAIL ASSEMBLY

Apr 19, 2016No Comments

The pair of tail wheels on a Mark I tank seem to fascinate most people; they are in fact the rump of the articulated Landship idea devised by Colonel Crompton.

Mark I tank

TANK CHATS: MARK I TANK

Apr 15, 2016No Comments

David Fletcher talks through the Mark I tank, in this Tank Chat, the world’s only surviving example of the tank.