The Tanks of WW I By Noah Huber

WW I saw the first use of combat tanks. These early tanks were known as "Landships" and later became the "tank" as we know today. These initial tanks were used to punch through enemy lines with infantry. One of the first tanks to be used was the British Mark 1.

However, while tanks were a great advantage to both sides they had their weaknesses. Tanks during this time were painfully slow and often were to far behind the cavaly. Other problems with tanks from this was that they often broke down and got stuck in the mud.

Battle of Cambrai

The Battle of Cambrai was noted for being the first large scale battle that used tanks offensively. On November 20, 1917 a British force of nine infantry divisions, five cavarly divisions, and three tanks brigades sprung a surprise attack near Cambrai, France. The British tanks broke through the German defense, but the cavarly where slow to push through. On November 30, the Germans counterattacked and reclaimed most of the soil forfeited to the British. On December 7, the battle was concluded that tanks will forever change the future of war.

Some of the tanks used in WW I include: The British Mark V (Heavy Tank), The German Sturmpanzerwagen A7V (Armored Fighting Vehicle), The French Renault FT-17 (Light Tank)

The British Mark V
The Sturmpanzerwagen A7V
The Renault FT-17

All of the tanks above were used to push through enemy lines and defenses. These tanks also supported ground troops with covering fire.

Above an M4 Sherman at left, and an M1 Abrams at right

Since WW I tanks have had a constant appearance in battle and have changed the way warfare is today. Wars have brought new technology and tanks will play a role in almost every modern war since.

Bibliography

http://www.firstworldwar.com/weaponry/tanks.htm http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/battle-of-cambrai

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Created with images by www.WW1photos.com - "A Tank With The Name Hyacinth Seen Temporarily Trapped In The Second Trench Sstem Of The Hindenberg Line"

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