Headline posts
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)

Training & Combat

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THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: WIRE-PULLING TANKS

Oct 31, 2017No Comments

Cambrai tested the Tank Corps in various ways, but also encouraged experimentation and innovation. This article discusses the development and usage of wire-pulling tanks. 

Boulon Wood Cambrai

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: THE SHOOTING BOX

Oct 18, 2017No Comments

The Battle of Cambrai was full of obstacles for the Tank Corps, not least Bourlon Wood and the shooting box. 

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FIRST TANK CORPS VICTORIA CROSS

Oct 03, 2017No Comments

On the 4th October 1917 the first Victoria Cross to be awarded to a member of the Tank Corps was earned by Clement Robertson, a 26 year old Captain in

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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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