Posting the history of the tank from invention to the end of World War 1.

News will appear 100 years to the day after the events took place, these posts will be augmented by general posts covering the development and use of the tank

Arras Preparations

C Bn’s tanks entrained from the siding at Erin.  The tanks and personnel moved on 3 trains. The first train carrying ten Tanks of No. 8 and 9 Companies left on the 24th March and arrived at Montenescourt on the morning of the 25th.  The second train left Erin on the 26th; this train contained…

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The First Tank Brigade

On 8 March 1917 the tank Battalions came under control of Tank Brigades. C and D Bns became part of 1st Tank Brigade under Colonel Baker-Carr DSO. His HQ staff were Capt LH Cox (Brigade Major), Capt MJ Tapper (Staff Capt), and Lt C Williams-Ellis (Intelligence Officer).

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A Winter of Change

Although we haven’t given you any updates for a couple of months, our predecessors weren’t as inactive 100 years ago; there was a lot of change going on in the winter of 1916/1917. The first was the (slight) change of name from Heavy Section MGC to Heavy Branch MGC.  This better reflected the fact that,…

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Last day of the Somme

The final day of the Somme campaign was 18 November 1916, the 141st day of battles. The day before, on 17 November 1916, D Company planned to send 6 tanks into action in support of the 32nd and 37th Divisions but 5 of them ditched on the way to the assembly point. One tank, commanded…

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We’re All In It – A Company Join The Fight

On 13 November 1916 tanks were in action again.  In the Beaumont Hamel area 2 tanks from D Company operated in support of 51st Highland Division in the attack on the caves.  Zero hour for the infantry was at 0545 but the tanks did not go in to action until 0950 when they were launched…

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