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.
Pride of place at the entrance to the Tank Men Exhibition is the Graincourt gun – captured by Albert Baker during Cambrai. This is its story.
Another failed objective during Cambrai was Bourlon Village where ten British tanks were taken out of action.
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
Hugh Elles, the officer commanding the Tank Corps in France, and his role at Cambrai set a precedent for tank commanders that remains to this day.
Cambrai tested the Tank Corps in various ways, but also encouraged experimentation and innovation. This article discusses the development and usage of wire-pulling tanks.
Did the Hornsby tracklayer, a steam-powered tracked vehicle, lead to the development of tanks?
The oldest item in The Tank Museum is the Hornsby tracklayer or tractor, Little Caterpillar – a steam-powered tracked vehicle
The Battle of Cambrai was full of obstacles for the Tank Corps, not least Bourlon Wood and the shooting box.
The tank was not the only tracked vehicle to be developed during the First World War. In this duo of articles, David Fletcher discusses the development and usage of the