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St Quentin Canal

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: ST QUENTIN CANAL

Nov 23, 2017No Comments

An major obstacle on the way to Cambrai was the St Quentin Canal which the British attempted to cross at Masnieres. It was not a success. 

Captured guns Graincourt

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: GRAINCOURT

Nov 22, 2017No Comments

Pride of place at the entrance to the Tank Men Exhibition is the Graincourt gun – captured by Albert Baker during Cambrai. This is its story. 

Bourlon Village

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: BOURLON VILLAGE

Nov 17, 2017No Comments

Another failed objective during Cambrai was Bourlon Village where ten British tanks were taken out of action. 

Flesquières Ridge

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: FLESQUIÈRES RIDGE

Nov 16, 2017No Comments

The Battle of Cambrai (20 November 1917) is always deemed to have been a British success, this is true, up to a point, although it had its setbacks. The earliest

fascine tank Cambrai

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: THE FASCINE

Nov 15, 20171 Comment

One of the adaptations added during the Battle of Cambrai was the fascine, enabling tanks to cross deliberately widened trenches. 

head-wire-pullers

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. 

Hornsby Tracklayer

EARLY EXPERIMENTS: HORNSBY TRACKLAYER II

Oct 18, 2017No Comments

 Did the Hornsby tracklayer, a steam-powered tracked vehicle, lead to the development of tanks? 

Hornsby tracklayer

EARLY EXPERIMENTS: HORNSBY TRACKLAYER I

Oct 18, 2017No Comments

The oldest item in The Tank Museum is the Hornsby tracklayer or tractor, Little Caterpillar – a steam-powered tracked vehicle

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. 

Gun carrier machine with a 60 pounder gun

THE GUN CARRIER MACHINE – PART I

Aug 11, 2017No Comments

The tank was not the only tracked vehicle to be developed during the First World War. In this duo of articles, David Fletcher discusses the development and usage of the