“Through mud and blood”: The Development of Tank Corps in WW I

The tank was one of the many modern weapons to come out of the First World War. “Landships”, as they were originally known, had existed in British speculative fiction for some time in the later portion of the 19th century; indeed, H.G. Wells had written about an armoured fighting vehicle shortly before the war.  Continue reading ““Through mud and blood”: The Development of Tank Corps in WW I”

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The Landships: Tanks in the First World War

The 5th CMR returning on a tank. Amiens. August 1918. Seeton Collection. CCGW/CCGG 2015.10.13.01
The 5th CMR returning on a tank. Amiens. August 1918. Seeton Collection. CCGW/CCGG 2015.10.13.01

The centenary for the Battle of Courcelette is coming up next month, the first of three for the Canadian Corps on the Somme. Courcelette represents not only the first outright success that the Corps had after two years of largely unsuccessful fighting at Ypres, but also the first use of Haig’s latest weapon; the tank.  Continue reading “The Landships: Tanks in the First World War”