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What was the contribution of tanks towards winning the war for Britain?

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What was the contribution of tanks towards winning the war for Britain? First manufactured in Lincoln for World War 1, tanks were first decided upon having a military function - to break the stalemate. However, as time passed by, it was later discovered that tanks could be used in a completely different way - propaganda. On December 25th 1914, it was stalemate. Everybody expected a technological weapon and as a result, many ideas were being put forward. The first to react were Wales, who came with the utmost extraordinary idea of an iron clad. Winston Churchill followed in February the next year, coming up with a prototype of a tractor, known by the name: "Elephant Feet." The whole idea revolved around preventing falling in holes. Finally, though, an idea was put forward by William Trittin and Walter Wilson from Lincoln, who came up with the idea of creating a machine with caterpillar tracks. The name: Little Willy. The downside to it however, was that it hadn't the capability of crossing trenches. Later on, they were determined to use their second invention - the water tank. Named water tank for secrecy, the Big Willie had caterpillar tracks all over the machine, giving it the capability of crossing trenches. ...read more.


This shows how cunning the British were as they were refusing to feed the British citizens the correct information. Instead, a song was made: And the tank went on, And they crawled along, With an independent air, And the guns began to blare, And the huns began to swear. huns = Germans After considering all of the points, it is fair to say that they were successful in this aspect, meaning they were successful in both the military and propaganda cases. Despite they were successful, however, tanks are also known for their problems. One famous example is at the battle of Somme when 49 tanks were sent to fight. Only 32 were ready for conflict - 18 fought, 5 got stuck and 9 more broke down. Problems were a factor from the start - they were inevitable. Likewise, the British sent 400 tanks forward but they were sent back because they couldn't manage to hold ground. They needed to dig in but didn't. So, all of the advancing was in vain. It was later said that tanks can't hold a position. Also, tanks took so long to turn, resulting in delays. Another way in which tanks were seen as bad is that they were very vulnerable. Here is a list of things they were vulnerable to and why: > Infantry - Foot soldiers close to the tank managed ...read more.


This - of course - provided security as people had so much faith in their country. However, whether money was given out or not is not known. Conclusion - Summary & Opinion So, to summarise, the tanks were successful in both the military and propaganda aspects. Despite problems with the Tank, they still did their and that was the main thing at the time. Furthermore, tanks gave people back home positive morale - something they urgently required. If not for the tank, there may never have been a break in stalemate and if there was, the Germans may have thought of one before the British, which could have resulted in a loss for the British. All in all, I think the tank was a successful piece of work in both the military and propaganda aspects and I also believe it did win the war - for many reasons. Firstly, although tanks were accused of not winning the war, they were a positive sign for the British citizens. Despite the fact they were named more as a propaganda message than a military message, they were seen as a motive for people to start joining the army. Since people had so much faith in tanks, more people began to join the army and that is what was said to have won the war. However, they wouldn't have joined the army if not for the Tank in the beginning. Furthermore, ...read more.

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