A Company of Tanks: An Eyewitness Account of the First by W. H. L. Watson

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By W. H. L. Watson

The real tale through a British officer who used to be chosen to command one of many first tank businesses in global conflict One. initially often called "land battleships", the tank was once built in deep secrecy, meant as a weapon to wreck the stalemated trench battle at the Western entrance. From their first disastrous makes an attempt in 1916 to their gorgeous breakouts in 1918, the tank commanders needed to study for themselves tips to use a weapon that had by no means existed sooner than, and switch it right into a dominant strength at the battlefield. New advent supplies an in depth historic evaluate of the 1st global conflict.

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First it was almost empty except for the lorry park near Savy, and, short of Arras, it was screened because the Germans still held the Vimy Ridge. Then before the Arras battle it became more and more crowded—numberless lorries, convoys of huge guns and howitzers, smiling men in buses and tired men marching, staff-cars and motor ambulances, rarely, a wagon with slow horses, an old Frenchman in charge, quite bewildered by the traffic. When the battle had begun, whole Divisions, stretching for ten miles or more, came marching along it, and the ambulances streamed back to the big hospital at St Pol.

Originally called the “land battleship”, it was given the code name “tank” to hide its nature from German spies, and the name “tank” stuck. The British Mark I tank was first battle-tested in September 1916, and a group of Mark IV tanks proved their potential during the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. By 1918, the British were turning out large numbers of heavy Mark V tanks and Whippet medium tanks, while the French were manufacturing the Renault light tank. At the Battle of Amiens in August 1918, a force of Allied tanks, supported by ground-attacking airplanes, broke through the German lines.

We wonder what are these heavy armoured motorcars of a new type that have been a little successful on the Somme. And we have our family jokes. “ and look for refuge under the table. In April of last year, when the Boche attacked in very truth, Maman may have remembered our joke. Then they piled their mattresses, their saucepans, their linen, and some furniture on the big wagon, and set out for Hinges—Bethune was shelled and full of gas. I wonder if they took with them the photograph of the Prince of Wales?

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