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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

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

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. 

German beside captured tank

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

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

F4 at Bovington

THE NEW MARK IV TANK

Jun 06, 2017No Comments

The first Mark IV tanks arrived in France in late April 1917, and were issued to units in May.

EXPERIMENTAL FIRST WORLD WAR TANKS – ...

May 26, 2017No Comments

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. 

Tanks at Aberdeen Proving Ground

FRENCH FIRST WORLD WAR TANKS

May 24, 20171 Comment

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.

experimental mark iv

EXPERIMENTAL FIRST WORLD WAR TANKS – ...

May 19, 2017No Comments

While the first instalment looked at early experimental tanks, this blog post examines vehicles created as a reaction to problems tanks were encountering in combat, such as the Invicta Roller

Experimental Mark IV

EXPERIMENTAL FIRST WORLD WAR TANKS – ...

May 12, 20171 Comment

David Fletcher’s three part series details many examples of experimental tanks created during the First World War and includes weird and wonderful vehicles otherwise lost in the mists of time.