5 tanks that changed the course of the First World War

40Th Division Tanks In France

From History Extra by Craig Moore author of Tank Hunter: World War One

The British Mark I Tank

The rhomboid shape of the first British battle tank enabled it to cross enemy trenches, while the tank’s armour plating allowed it to advance towards German machine gun posts with impunity. The tank’s wide metal tracks could crush line upon line of barbed wire. It was a technological revolution that solved the problem of how to cross no man’s land, punch a hole in the opposition’s defences and reduce the attacking forces’ casualties, changing the course of the First World War, as in 1916, the Germans did not possess any tanks.

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