Tanks in WW1: A New Era of Warfare

Today marks the first occasion in which tanks were deployed on the battlefield.

In an effort to break the stalemate of trench warfare, it was hoped that tanks would add a new dynamic to the battlefield during the First World War, allowing battalions to advance with higher confidence and through the torrid terrain they often encountered.

We all know the effect that armour would come to play in later years, however at The Somme, one of the wars bloodiest engagements, these frightening new war machines would not have the impact many hoped.

Many broke down due to technical difficulties, however nearly a third of those deployed managed to pierce through German lines; A mixed result, but nonetheless a learning curve for future engagements.

This deployment allowed designers and engineers in Britain to fine tune their new weaponry, and subsequently, tanks would continue to improve.

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