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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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.
“Inside the huts there’s RATS as big as any nanny goat”. The Tank Museum Archive staff have found an amusing postcard
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.
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
Sponsons were built separately from tanks, not necessarily by the company that built the actual tanks.
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.
Historian Dan Snow presents this bite size history of the tank in the First World War, filmed on location at The Tank Museum.