Above: Later MK 3 or 4 British Tanks note the starting resemblance of a more smoother designed vehicle, with less rivets later models were called Male tanks with Side Sponson and Canon and Female tanks with a host of machine guns only for trench clearance purposes.

Brit Mk4

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Lavavasseur Project

The idea of the modern tanks was seen by the Levavasseur Project (Above: image left) and the H G Wells (image right) The Land Ironclads Stories from the Strand Magazine in Dec 1903

19004 lavavasseur

The Levavasseur Project (Above) basically a simple tractor without a Citadel and Gun at this stage but just to test tracks and engines but in secret.

Hornsby Steam Crawler

Other versions (Above) were tried including this steam powered tractor from Hornsby known as the Hornsby crawler tractor made by Richard Hornsby and Son's of Grantham, Lincolnshire UK. who specialised in Farm Machinery before the conflict.

Brit Mk 5 A
British Mk 5 B
MK 4 Front View
MK 4 Shell Sto
MK 4 Driving Pos

A British tank fording a trench system somewhere on the Front

US Tank Corps on Flatcar 1917

United States Army Tank Group being deployed on Flatcars 1917 at Vadelaincourt, France.

Barb Cross

A Lone British Tank working it's way through a Barbed Wire Field ''The Devils Rope'' the Tank was developed for two main reasons -

1, To cross and break up Barbed wire for infantry to follow.

2. To cross trench systems under fire, and penetrate the enemy rear lines producing havoc.

Steam USA

Doing trials on the 'America' a Steam driven Tank developed in the USA
in 1918 and developed by the Massachusetts Intitute of Technology (MIT).

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Three types of WW1 French 'Schneider' Tanks

USMC (USA)'Best' Tank.

1917 USMC 'Best' manufacture track layer tank.Notice the early signs of a rotating turret and rounded armour to aid enemy shot deflection.


ww1 dam on flatcars

British damaged Tanks on the line being loaded onto flatcars and sent back to the factory for repair, the attrition rate was very high posible action time was only a few days at best, and some historians say that the Tracks only lasted for 10 miles of wear before needing replacements.

tanks to the front

Above and Below: Fresh tanks to the Front Amiens.

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