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BUILDING THE MARK IV (August 16, 2017 2:19 pm)
THE GUN CARRIER MACHINE – PART I (August 11, 2017 2:09 pm)
TOP 5 TANKS – INDY NEIDELL (August 11, 2017 1:31 pm)
THE GUN CARRIER MACHINE – PART II (August 9, 2017 1:42 pm)

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THE FORMATION OF THE TANK CORPS

Jul 26, 20171 Comment

The Tank Corps was formed on 28th July 1917, and its new cap badge was approved by King George V on the 11th September.  The badge chosen was one of

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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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EARLY EXPERIMENTS: PART I

Jul 21, 2017No Comments

From the historian that brought you “Towards The Tank” and “Experimental Tanks in the First World War”, David Fletcher’s new series describes later investigations which may have inspired the first

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 10: UNIVERSAL RAILWAY...

Jul 20, 2017No Comments

Although most famous as a pioneer of aviation Sir George Cayley was also responsible for numerous other inventions and ideas. He patented a form of Caterpillar track, which he referred

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 9: EDGEWORTH 1770

Jul 20, 2017No Comments

The ninth installment of Towards the Tank, David Fletcher reveals the first caterpillar tracks, developed by inventor and educationalist  Richard Edgeworth. 

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TANKS ON TRAINS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Jul 19, 20171 Comment

Tanks in the First World War were very slow. There were no tank transporters so tanks had to go by train and, as the war went on, they were getting

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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.

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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

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FROM LITTLE WILLIE TO MARK IV

Jun 16, 2017No Comments

The Mark IV was the main tank in service during 1917. In two short years, how did the tank used at Cambrai differ from its predecessor, Little Willie? 

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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