S. Teddy D. - 1917 - Western Front – France

Western Front – France
In response to the futile advances made across ‘no-mans land’ in the First World War, Allied forces developed the tank. Although first used at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, it was in I917 that massed tanks like this British Mk IV were deployed to assist infantry, whilst being immune to the decimating machine gun fire, they constantly broke down or were destroyed by artillery. Battles at Messinges Ridge, Ypres, Soissons all preceded The Battle of Cambrai, which is now erroneously famous as the earliest use of tanks in war.

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