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Training & Combat

Tanks take Cockcroft

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. 

Operation Hush pontoon Monitor

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.  

Infantry at Passchendaele

THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE – INTO BA...

Jul 27, 2017No Comments

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

Ramp positioned

THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE – OPERATI...

Jul 26, 2017No Comments

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 BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE – TANKS A...

Jul 26, 2017No Comments

Third Ypres was planned as an infantry and artillery attack, with tanks in a supporting role. However they were far from an afterthought, indeed by this time formalised methods of

Soldiers carrying supplies forwards

THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE – BACKGRO...

Jul 26, 2017No Comments

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,

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.

German beside captured tank

GERMAN RESPONSES TO THE TANK

Jul 12, 2017No Comments

Most of the articles on this blog look at the tank from a British perspective.  In the end, though, it would be the effect they had on the Germans that

THE BATTLE OF MESSINES: 7 – 14 JUNE 1917

Jun 09, 2017No Comments

In mid-1917 the Germans held the high ground of the Messines Ridge in Flanders. It overlooked British positions in the Ypres Salient, meaning preparations for any British attack in this