The development and introduction of tanks in World War 1.

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The development and introduction of tanks in World War 1.

Define and justify:

The proposed subject of this study is the development and the introduction of the tank to the battlefield of 1914-1918. The development was crucial to the victory of the allies and it was the first time “big gun diplomacy”.was ever used on the battlefield.

Aimes :

: the development of the tank

2: to further my knowledge about the use of the tank on the battlefield

3: the overall success of the tank

4: the influence of the tank on the infantry tactics of World War one

Intended approach

I intend to make use of the internet as there is a wealth of information on the subject of tanks and i'm going to make good use of “the tank museum” website for most of my information.

I also plan on reading the observations made by the Landship Committee and the personal memoirs of the men that served in the tanks.

I intend to take notes and write a brief summary of the development and use of tanks from 1914 to 1918.


“Band of Brigands” by Christy Campbell, 2008

“The Tank Museum” August 2016


“ the First World War” August 2016

The development of the tank came from the need for anything to break the stalemate of the Western Front of World War. The generals on all sides were calling out for a technological way to beat the trenches and the near lunar landscape that was left behind after the constant bombardment of both sides. For the British their inspiration came from a tractor made by the Holt company that used a new caterpillar track design.

This design was first adopted in 1914 by the Landship Committee which was set up by the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill. His involvement would be crucial to the acceptability and the longevity of the tank. Churchill made the decision to sponsor the Landship Committee which then gave jurisdiction of the landships to the Royal Navy. This would cause tension in the future with his peers who were all still in the mindset of the cavalry commander and saw the tanks as too slow and a liability on the battlefield.
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These landships used the revolutionary caterpillar track design to move the chassis of the tank. To keep the design a secret they called it a “water carrier” to help their troops in Africa with moving water across the dunes”. So the committee would be called the “wc” committee but the name was quickly changed to water tank because WC was another way of saying toilet in Great Britain at the time.

The first men to work on the tanks would be selected from the others for their knowledge of machinery.To keep the wonder weapon of the British ...

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