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TANK NUMBERS (January 12, 2018 3:45 pm)
GLUCKLICHES WEIHNACHTSFEST (December 14, 2017 4:30 pm)
THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: ST QUENTIN CANAL (November 23, 2017 2:17 pm)
THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: GRAINCOURT (November 22, 2017 3:33 pm)

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TANK NUMBERS

Jan 12, 2018No Comments

Like all military and civilian vehicles before and since, First World War British tanks were given unique registration, or serial, numbers.  Beginning with number ‘1’ would have allowed the Germans

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GLUCKLICHES WEIHNACHTSFEST

Dec 14, 2017No Comments

This delicate collection of German postcards, including a Christmas Card, date from the First World War.

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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TANK CORPS WAR DIARIES: 13-16 NOVEMBER 1917

Nov 13, 2017No Comments

During November 1917 preparations for the Battle of Cambrai were well underway.  Each battalion of the Tank Corps recorded day to day events in their War Diaries. 

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TANK CORPS WAR DIARIES: 7-12 NOVEMBER 1917

Nov 10, 2017No Comments

During November 1917 preparations for the Battle of Cambrai were well underway.  Each battalion of the Tank Corps recorded day to day events in War Diaries. 

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THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: ORIGINS PART II

Nov 08, 2017No Comments

The Battle of Cambrai holds a special place in the history of armoured warfare as the first mass tank attack, and one of the most successful of the First World

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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.