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THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: ORIGINS PART I

Nov 03, 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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TANK ARMAMENT IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Oct 06, 2017No Comments

While tanks gave the infantry a huge amount of protection, tank armament was also key in their development during the First World War.

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VICTORIA CROSS: CLEMENT ROBERTSON

Oct 03, 20171 Comment

On the 4th October 1917 the first Victoria Cross to be awarded to a member of the Tank Corps was earned by Clement Robertson, a 26 year old Captain in

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USING PETROL IN FIRST WORLD WAR TANKS

Sep 01, 20171 Comment

For all their impressive power, tanks won’t work without fuel, which in the First World War meant petrol. This post takes a look at how this petrol was stored and

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THE COCKCROFT

Aug 18, 2017No Comments

In August 1917, the new Tank Corps had to prove their worth. This was done by the taking of Cockcroft – a German pillbox – during Third Ypres. 

Building the Mark IV tank

BUILDING THE MARK IV

Aug 16, 2017No Comments

While historians mainly concentrate on the tank’s use in the First World War, building the Mark IV is an equally fascinating journey. 

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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

Mark IV tank climbing sea wall at Merlimont

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.  

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.

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?