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TANK CAMOUFLAGE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (September 22, 2017 12:55 pm)
USING PETROL IN FIRST WORLD WAR TANKS (September 1, 2017 2:32 pm)
TRAPPED: THE STORY OF FRAY BENTOS (August 21, 2017 3:01 pm)
VICTORIA CROSS WINNER CECIL SEWELL (August 21, 2017 10:40 am)
THE COCKCROFT (August 18, 2017 1:20 pm)

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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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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 8: SIEGE ENGINES

Oct 14, 2016No Comments

The eighth installment in David Fletcher’s 12 part series on the forerunners of tanks exposes the role of the siege engine in Dorset during the 17th century.

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 7: HOLZSCHUHER 1558

Oct 12, 20161 Comment

In the seventh instalment of Towards the Tank, David Fletcher describes the potential of the massive Holzschuher from 1558.

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 6: STEVEN’S LANDSHI...

Oct 11, 2016No Comments

In this installment of Towards the Tank, David Fletcher examines one of the vehicle’s wackier predecessors – the Landship.

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 5: LEONARDO DA VINCI ...

Oct 05, 2016No Comments

When entering The Tank Museum, one of the first things you see is a model of da Vinci’s tank, so it is only fitting that David Fletcher include it in

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 4: VALTURIO’S W...

Oct 05, 2016No Comments

In Part 4 of his ancestors of the tank series, David Fletcher describes a wind powered tank designed by Valturio. But how successful was it?

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 3: SCOTTISH WAR CART ...

Oct 03, 2016No Comments

Presenting the third in David Fletcher’s series of tank ancestors: the Scottish War Cart.

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 2: THE ARMOURED KNIGH...

Sep 30, 2016No Comments

The 12 part series on the tanks predecessors began with chariots, however not all of the ancestors are vehicles. The armoured knight, with his lance, mounted on a heavy horse,

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TOWARDS THE TANK PART 1: CHARIOTS OF IRON

Sep 28, 2016No Comments

While The Tank Museum has been celebrating the centenary of the tank, it’s important to note that it didn’t come out of nowhere. To celebrate its ancestors, David Fletcher has