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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

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CAPTAIN HERBERT ROBERT CHICK MC

May 03, 2017No Comments

On 3rd May 1917, one of the bloodiest days for British soldiers during the First World War, 2nd Lt. Chick commanded tank number 785 into battle. Enlistment Herbert Cicognani was

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THE BATTLE OF ARRAS

Apr 13, 2017No Comments

At the Tank Museum, mentioning the Battle of Arras is likely to bring to mind the tank attack on the 21st May 1940 rather than the much larger and far

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TANKS IN PALESTINE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Feb 28, 2017No Comments

While writing on the First World War generally focuses on the Western Front, Palestine was the site of several tank battles against Turkey. 

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PALESTINE TANK DETACHMENT

Feb 24, 20171 Comment

The fighting in Egypt and Palestine during the First World War is often overlooked. However, this year marks the centenary of the Palestine Tank Detachment, whose members fought and died

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MARK I & MARK II TANKS IN GAZA

Feb 24, 20171 Comment

For many years it was widely believed that the eight tanks that fought in Gaza

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RECRUITING FOR THE HEAVY SECTION – PA...

Feb 07, 2017No Comments

Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest Swinton was one of the leading men in the development of the Tank Corps, going on to recruit hundreds of tank men who served in the First World

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99TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI

Jan 16, 2017No Comments

The anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai, the first tank battle in history, is one which is commemorated worldwide. Rebecca Skelton, an Archive Assistant at The Tank Museum, explores the

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100TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOVINGTON CAMP

Oct 28, 2016No Comments

October marks the 100th anniversary of tank training being based at Bovington Camp in Dorset, where The Tank Museum also resides.

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RECRUITING FOR THE HEAVY SECTION – PA...

Oct 14, 2016No Comments

Part 3 goes into more detail regarding exactly how Swinton, first commander of the Heavy Section, managed to swell the numbers up to 184 officers and 1610 men of other