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The Western Front: Tanks!

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The Western Front: Tanks! 15.23) Advantages * Tanks were bullet proof and could withstand even enemy machine gun fire! * It could easily get past barbed wire, dead bodies and other obstacles to get to the enemy! * It was well equipped with many heavy weapons, as any weight gun could be carried on it. * It could also help to transport troops to the enemy unharmed. * It could even just provide shelter for allied troops, as bullets would have to get through the tanks first... and they couldn't! * At first, it even just made the enemy run away from fright having never seen tanks before! This meaning that they were at the tanks mercy... But they got no mercy from the machine guns on the tanks. * If they, for some reason, could not shoot the enemy, they could just run the m over instead, as the Germans were not ready for tanks and had NO defence that could withstand them. ...read more.


* And lastly, tanks were finally the super weapons that stopped the war in August of 1918!!! Forcing the Germans to look to the Armistice! Disadvantages * Tanks could also be a veritable hell! According to tank driver Arthur Jenkin. * The machine guns caused metal splinters to prick the gunner's faces! * And the noise of the engines with the intense heat, the exhaust petrol, the fumes and the nauseous vapour from the guns made an inferno that no outside spectator would have thought possible to exist within those steel plates. * You could also, hardly see anything outside of the tank as well, and it being as tight and suffocating as a submarine! * Also, anytime of problem could easily cause certain death, some examples are; If the tank caught fire, of petrol leaked, or fumes started to come into the tank, then first of all, the people inside would probably not be able to get out. ...read more.


So the tanks could just clear the way for the infantry to come and 'mop up'! Finally, the end of the war came when in one day; an attack that started at 4.20am luckily was a complete surprise thanks to heavy mist. And also there was not the usual fire of shells before the attack as usual, taking the Germans by complete surprise. These four mile an hour vehicles managed to travel 7 1/2 miles into enemy territory destroying EVERYTHING in their paths. In the end they captured 10,000 prisoners, 200 guns and killed many more soldiers from the enemy side. And they kept on going the full 7 1/2 miles until the Germans finally sought the Armistice and thus they ended the war. But although Britain won the war in one sense, there was no winner. Millions of people dead... and what was gained? Nothing! Ok, so the enemies were stopped, but the cost of it... That was too high a price to pay for it... Too much... Abbas Lightwalla ...read more.

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