World War I Tank Gallery.
These few archive photo's below show the very beginnings of the tank first developed by the British to combat the "Trench War" stalemate, developed from early track laying horticultural tractors and made in secret and developed by the British , they were termed "Tanks" by the Government for security reasons the manufacturers were told that they were "Water Storage Tanks" hence the name stuck.
History was made on 15th September 1916 at notorious action at Deville Wood Captain H.W. Mortimore guided a D1 tank into action using crews supplied by the Royal Navy in some cases up to ten people were used to operate the weapon.
They quickly developed from an unreliable box on tracks to a potent killing machine manufacture to do many specialised rolls in the First World War, after 1918 the developement of the tank still increased to what we have today. The Tank today is still deemed the Queen of the battlefield if used correctly, being modified to keep up with anti tank counter measures and re designed to be smaller, lighter, faster and more armoured with more automated systems to make smaller crew sizes.
Many 21st century tanks are now of a modular designed (German Leopard 2A6) this makes short work of repair in the field no longer the engineers take out a troubled engine and strip it down by the road side to repair it but simply remove the whole rear section of the vehicle in one piece, engine, gearbox, radiators and hydraulics etc. and plug in a new or factory reconditioned unit.
A British Mark IV Tank "Hyacinth" of H Battalion- Tank Corps, stuck in captured German second-line trench one mile west of Ribecourton, 20 Nov 1917
DID YOU KNOW
In the First World War a British Nurse who worked in German occupied Belgium was executed for treason under German Military Law she was accused of helping British and French soldiers escape via neutral Holland with false papers.
Edith Cavell born in Norfolk England was tried and executed at the 'Tir National' a shooting range in Schaerbeek the Allies, Red Cross and the USA who were not in the war at the time condemed the execution of the Nurse, but the German high Commands decision would not be swayed.
Ediths last statement to her priest was-
''Patriotism is not enough -
I must have no hatred or bitterness to anyone''
Edith Cavell. executed 12th October 1915 Belgium