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
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
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 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.
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
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