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RICHARD WAIN AT CAMBRAI (November 20, 2017 11:12 am)
THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: FLESQUIÈRES RIDGE (November 16, 2017 3:03 pm)
THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: HUGH ELLES (November 16, 2017 1:08 pm)
THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: THE FASCINE (November 15, 2017 3:40 pm)
TANK CORPS WAR DIARIES: 17-19 NOVEMBER 1917 (November 14, 2017 2:56 pm)

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THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE – INTO BA...

Jul 27, 2017No Comments

Third Ypres, or Passchendaele, was a controversial battle at the time and has remained so ever since.  Disagreement exists over whether it should have been fought at all, over the

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THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE – OPERATI...

Jul 26, 2017No Comments

One of the reasons for launching the Third Battle of Ypres was a British desire to capture the Belgian coastline from the Germans. This would prevent the German Navy from

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THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE – TANKS A...

Jul 26, 2017No Comments

Third Ypres was planned as an infantry and artillery attack, with tanks in a supporting role. However they were far from an afterthought, indeed by this time formalised methods of

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THE FORMATION OF THE TANK CORPS

Jul 26, 20171 Comment

The Tank Corps was formed on 28th July 1917, and its new cap badge was approved by King George V on the 11th September.  The badge chosen was one of

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THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE – BACKGRO...

Jul 26, 2017No Comments

The German invasion in August 1914 led to the conquest of almost all of Belgium.  The only exception was the area around the town of Ypres, where a desperate British,

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EARLY EXPERIMENTS: PART I

Jul 21, 2017No Comments

From the historian that brought you “Towards The Tank” and “Experimental Tanks in the First World War”, David Fletcher’s new series describes later investigations which may have inspired the first

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 10: UNIVERSAL RAILWAY...

Jul 20, 2017No Comments

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

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 9: EDGEWORTH 1770

Jul 20, 2017No Comments

The ninth installment of Towards the Tank, David Fletcher reveals the first caterpillar tracks, developed by inventor and educationalist  Richard Edgeworth. 

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GERMAN RESPONSES TO THE TANK

Jul 12, 2017No Comments

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

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THE BATTLE OF MESSINES: 7 – 14 JUNE 1917

Jun 09, 2017No Comments

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