Friday, March 1, 2013

British tanks maneuvering trenches during the Battle of Cambrai. France, 1917

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British tanks maneuvering trenches during the Battle of Cambrai. France, 1917
Monster of war: Soldiers manoeuvre a British tank over a trench during the Battle of Cambrai - this was one of 476 in action.
 Battle of Cambrai saw the first use of tanks in mass. There were other times where tanks were used, but not some 400+ tanks in one battle. Though somewhat successful, the Germans made good their loss of territory with a counter-attack. By the end of 1917, the Allied forces had re-evaluated their approach and the answer to what had become a stalemate seemed to be the tank. They had been used in previous battles by the British and French, but in the Battle of Cambrai they would form a key part of the assault – 476 tanks were involved (along with 300 planes and 1,000 artillery guns).The plan was to breach the Germans' supposedly impregnable Hindenburg defensive line. The British plan ultimately failed to produce a major breakthrough, but the new tactics proved that the Germans could no longer consider themselves impregnable in their deeply entrenched positions. Significantly, the war ended less than a year after the Battle of Cambrai.

1 comments:

  1. Warfare is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.

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