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Whippet

ACTION DEBUT OF THE WHIPPET TANK

Mar 26, 2018No Comments

On 26 March, 1918, the Medium A Whippet tank saw it’s first battle action, when it took a mass of German infantry by surprise. Third Battalion, The Tank Corps was

St Quentin Canal

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: ST QUENTIN CANAL

Nov 23, 2017No Comments

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. 

Captured guns Graincourt

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: GRAINCOURT

Nov 22, 2017No Comments

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. 

Bourlon Village

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: BOURLON VILLAGE

Nov 17, 2017No Comments

Another failed objective during Cambrai was Bourlon Village where ten British tanks were taken out of action. 

Flesquières Ridge

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: FLESQUIÈRES RIDGE

Nov 16, 2017No Comments

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

fascine tank Cambrai

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: THE FASCINE

Nov 15, 20171 Comment

One of the adaptations added during the Battle of Cambrai was the fascine, enabling tanks to cross deliberately widened trenches. 

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: WIRE-PULLING TANKS

Oct 31, 2017No Comments

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. 

Hornsby Tracklayer

EARLY EXPERIMENTS: HORNSBY TRACKLAYER II

Oct 18, 2017No Comments

 Did the Hornsby tracklayer, a steam-powered tracked vehicle, lead to the development of tanks? 

Hornsby tracklayer

EARLY EXPERIMENTS: HORNSBY TRACKLAYER I

Oct 18, 2017No Comments

The oldest item in The Tank Museum is the Hornsby tracklayer or tractor, Little Caterpillar – a steam-powered tracked vehicle

Boulon Wood Cambrai

THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI: THE SHOOTING BOX

Oct 18, 2017No Comments

The Battle of Cambrai was full of obstacles for the Tank Corps, not least Bourlon Wood and the shooting box.