Headline posts
THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: ST QUENTIN CANAL (November 23, 2017 2:17 pm)
THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: GRAINCOURT (November 22, 2017 3:33 pm)
CAMBRAI: THE TANK CORPS STORY (November 22, 2017 10:20 am)
RICHARD WAIN AT CAMBRAI (November 20, 2017 11:12 am)
THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: BOURLON VILLAGE (November 17, 2017 11:45 am)

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THE GUN CARRIER MACHINE – PART II

Aug 09, 2017No Comments

The tank was not the only tracked vehicle to be developed during the First World War. In this article, David Fletcher discusses the production and service history of the gun

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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

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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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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 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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EXPERIMENTAL FIRST WORLD WAR TANKS – ...

May 26, 2017No Comments

The third instalment in David Fletcher’s three part series examining the experimental tanks of the First World War describes such oddities as cranes, bridges, and rudimentary amphibious tanks.