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World War 1
History of the Battle Tank
Great Britain designed the first Armoured tank during the First World War due to the stalemate and bloodbath of the First World War trench Warfare where both Allies and Enemy suffered substantial Human casualties.
The first vehicle was constructed in Great Britain during August and September of 1915.
The mark one tank was introduced to the British Army in February in 1916 and production of the vehicle named "Tanks" as it referred to water tanks to preserve secrecy of the Armoured Vehicle.
The first range of battle tanks suffered regarding mechanical reliability.
The Armoured vehicle could cross the shelled terrain better than most vehicles due to its shape and 26 feet caterpillar tracks certainly helped through wide enemy trenches.
The general idea of the Armoured tank goes back to Ancient times but the famous tank design by "Leonardo de Vinici" was never taken any further than designs on paper.
The first offensive of the British Tank took place on September 1916 in the Battle of the Somme.
49 tanks in all were committed to the battle but only 32 tanks were mechanically fit to take part in the advance.
In July 1917 216 British Battle tanks took part in the “ Third Battle of Ypres” will little effect due to poor muddy conditions.
Later in November 1917 the British Armoured tank proved its worth regarding Ground fighting with over 400 Tanks covering 6 miles but with Infantry failing to capitalize on tanks gain at Cambrai the territory was recaptured by the Germans.
The British went on to have more success in 1918 with 600 tanks in the Amiens salient.
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