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
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.
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
Although Operation Hush never took place, considerable effort went into solving problems which would have been incurred by the tanks.
Third Ypres, or Passchendaele, was a controversial battle at the time and has remained so ever since. Disagreement exists over whether it should have been fought at all, over the
One of the reasons for launching the Third Battle of Ypres was a British desire to capture the Belgian coastline from the Germans. This would prevent the German Navy from
The German invasion in August 1914 led to the conquest of almost all of Belgium. The only exception was the area around the town of Ypres, where a desperate British,
Ypres, in Belgium, on the edge of the Salient of evil memory, is another location that acquired a tank, selecting one from those about to be destroyed at the end
Poelcapelle is in Belgium, not far from Ypres. During the First World War the area was the scene of some bitter fighting and it was almost reduced to rubble, but
The British Mark II Tank features in his Tank Chat presented by David Fletcher MBE.