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THE BATTLE OF AMIENS – PART TWO ̵...

Aug 17, 2018No Comments

This article looks at the course of the Battle of Amiens. Read about the extensive preparation for this pivotal battle here. All the planning and preparation for the Battle of

Annesley West

VICTORIA CROSS: RICHARD ANNESLEY WEST

Jul 24, 2018No Comments

“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Inscription from Richard Annesley West’s gravestone. Richard Annesley West was a career soldier

Battle of Hamel

MARK V BATTLE DEBUT

Jul 02, 20182 Comments

For the Tank Corps the Battle of Hamel was one of the most important 90 minutes of the First World War. Fought on the morning of the 4th July 1918

Mark V_7th Battalion_January 1919

MARK V TANK

Jun 01, 2018No Comments

On the 18th January 1918 the first Mark V tank was driven out of the Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon and Finance Company factory in Birmingham.  Just 10 weeks later in early

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VILLERS-BRETONNEUX BEYOND THE TANKS

Apr 23, 2018No Comments

The Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, fought on the 24th and 25th April 1918, is most famous as the site of the first tank vs tank battle in history.  However there

Infantry in trench

OPERATION MICHAEL

Mar 21, 2018No Comments

The awaited German attack came on the morning of the 21st March 1918. Codenamed Operation Michael, it was the first of a series launched over the next few months. Michael

Tank Museum A7V

ACTION DEBUT OF THE A7V TANK

Mar 20, 2018No Comments

The first action of the German A7V tank, on 21 March 1918, is not very well known from the British side. Probably because most of those in action against them

SAVAGE RABBITS

Mar 08, 20181 Comment

In early 1918 the Allies awaited a German attack.  Defeating it would be a practical military challenge for the entire British Army, but it also posed a more existential problem

The Western Front in January 1918

THE SITUATION IN 1918

Feb 16, 20182 Comments

Looking back from 2018, we know that the First World War ended with an Allied victory in November 1918.  However back then, as 1917 ended and the New Year dawned,

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TANK NUMBERS

Jan 12, 20184 Comments

Like all military and civilian vehicles before and since, First World War British tanks were given unique registration, or serial, numbers.  Beginning with number ‘1’ would have allowed the Germans