The tank makes its debut in warfare at the Battle of the Somme during WWI on September 15, 1916

British Mark I male tank Somme 25 September 1916 - Tanks in World War I - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

BATTLE ARRAS 1917 (Q 6427)   A British tank ditched in a captured German gun pit during the Battle of Arras. British cavalry can be seen massed in the background.

BATTLE ARRAS 1917 (Q A British tank ditched in a captured German gun pit during the Battle of Arras. British cavalry can be seen massed in the background.

MK-1 British tank, first tank to every be made in the world and see combat.

British tank, first tank to every be made in the world and see combat.

The first tank, the British Mark I, was designed in 1915 and first saw combat at the Somme in September 1916. The French soon followed suit with the Renault FT, which established the classic tank look (turret on top). Despite their later prowess in tank combat in WWII, the Germans never got around to large-scale tank production in WWI, although they did produce 21 tanks in the unwieldy A7V model.

12 Technological Advancements of World War I

Advancements in Warfare Tanks, invented in 1915 by the British as a way to cross "No Man's Land" without being mowed down by machine guns.

British tank

Photos of The Great War - Weapons and Equipment/British tank crossing a trench

British Tank Rolling over Trench: Members of the British Royal Navy maneuver a tank, or “landship,” over a trench during the 1917 Battle of Cambrai, one of the first successful uses of the tank in World War I.

A British tank, typical of the latter years of maneuvers its way over a trench system during the Battle of Cambrai. Also known as 'Landships', these armoured vehicles were designed to traverse the boggy terrain of the French war-torn countryside.

British Tank

Knocked out British Mk II tank / 799 near Bullecourt 1917 Letter on reverse (below) kindly translated by xiphophilos: authored near Cambrai on An often seen photograph of a knocked out British 'Male' Mk II tank. Note the decidedly impotent 6 pounder.


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