Headline posts
TANK CAMOUFLAGE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (September 22, 2017 12:55 pm)
USING PETROL IN FIRST WORLD WAR TANKS (September 1, 2017 2:32 pm)
TRAPPED: THE STORY OF FRAY BENTOS (August 21, 2017 3:01 pm)
VICTORIA CROSS WINNER CECIL SEWELL (August 21, 2017 10:40 am)
THE COCKCROFT (August 18, 2017 1:20 pm)

Training & Combat

Mark IV female Ypres

TRAPPED: THE STORY OF FRAY BENTOS

Aug 21, 2017No Comments

Tank F41, named Fray Bentos, was a male Mark IV, number 2329. In August 1917 the nine man crew experienced the longest tank action of the First World War.

Tanks take Cockcroft

THE COCKCROFT

Aug 18, 2017No Comments

In August 1917, the new Tank Corps had to prove their worth. This was done by the taking of Cockcroft – a German pillbox – during Third Ypres. 

Operation Hush pontoon Monitor

OPERATION HUSH – THE GREAT LANDING TH...

Aug 09, 2017No Comments

The battle known as Third Ypres was intended, among other things, to recapture the Belgian coast and bottle up the marauding U-Boats. This part of the plan was known as

Mark IV tank climbing sea wall at Merlimont

OPERATION HUSH – THE TANKS

Aug 09, 2017No Comments

Although Operation Hush never took place, considerable effort went into solving problems which would have been incurred by the tanks.  

Infantry at Passchendaele

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

Soldiers carrying supplies forwards

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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1917: THE CRUCIAL YEAR FOR THE TANKS

Jul 14, 2017No Comments

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.

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