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THE FORMATION OF THE TANK CORPS (July 26, 2017 10:43 am)
EARLY EXPERIMENTS: PART I (July 21, 2017 12:36 pm)
GERMAN RESPONSES TO THE TANK (July 12, 2017 8:53 am)

Training & Combat

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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

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RECRUITING FOR THE HEAVY SECTION – PA...

Oct 14, 2016No Comments

It can’t be easy recruiting for a new branch of the Army, especially if you’re not supposed to say in the first place exactly what it does. This seems to

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THE GUNNERY SCHOOL

Oct 14, 2016No Comments

While Bovington is the ‘home’ of the tank, the gunnery training was done just down the road at Lulworth. However, that was not always the case. 

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BOVINGTON CAMP POEM FOUND

Oct 06, 2016No Comments

“Inside the huts there’s RATS as big as any nanny goat”. The Tank Museum Archive staff have found an amusing postcard

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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.

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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

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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

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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.