Rise of the Tank: Armoured Vehicles and their use in the First World War
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Rise of the Tank will be concentrated on the period of the development of the tank and its use in the First World War. This will appeal to those interested in new developments in war and those interested in the First World War generally. The book will be especially relevant due to the forthcoming centenary of the beginning of the war and for this reason it will be easy to promote the book as there will be a lot of media interest.
Using the resources of the Imperial War Museum, The National Archives and the Tank Museum, Rise of the Tank will have lots of information available on the development and use of the early tanks as well as personal reminiscences of those who fought in them.
The author, Michael Foley, has also collected a great deal of material from the period such as the First World War field service pocket book of a 2nd lieutenant of the 10th Tank Battalion and copies of various magazines of the period. He will have also be accessing First World War newspapers to find original and rare archive sources.
with fragments of the bullet in him for the rest of his life. The Guards were attacking at Ginchy. The idea was that they would clear the area for a cavalry attack. The area had very strong defences with the Triangle and Serpentine trenches well covered with large expanses of wire and a number of machine-guns. The tanks to support them were divided into three groups of three with another tank allotted to them to cover the flank. The tanks were lettered. The first group, tanks A, B and C were
we don’t know how far it can go. People have often laughed at new inventions in war. He went on to say that the origin of the tank lay in the armoured car. The machine-guns that were put on Rolls Royce chassis often ended up as rusting wrecks on the roadside after a few weeks and claimed that it was the failure of the armoured car that led to the invention of the tank. Pemberton obviously did not know of the success of armoured cars in other theatres of war. There was an obvious pleasure amongst
the greatest tactical advantage. Lieutenant Colonel Stern and Mr d’Eyncourt asked that the conference should consider the general use of tanks and gave examples. These were that the General Staff believed that tanks should be used to aid infantry and be able to keep up with them during an attack. The designers believed that they should in fact be used on the flanks of an attack over areas that had been less affected by shelling. They would also then not draw artillery fire onto the infantry.
Artillery. There was supposed to be French cavalry covering their retreat but instead German artillery and machine-guns appeared. As the Germans opened fire the first of the guns to come to grief was caused by the horses tethered to the gun taking fright and stampeding when the German shells landed overturning the gun. Many of the horses of the cavalry who were supposed to support the artillery also ran due to the German artillery fire. Despite this the men of L Battery and the dismounted
they had left. Two of them broke down before reaching the starting point, a number of others were destroyed and saw no action. Three German tanks did go forward but were unsupported by infantry who had not expected any tanks to be taking part. German defenders were also surprised by the sight of tanks and fired on their own machines as they tried to return. Meanwhile there was still German training taking place on a number of captured Mark IVs. These were now too slow compared with the faster