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Knocking Out A King Tiger

David Fletcher looks into the story of one of the first Tiger II (King Tiger) being knocked out in Le Plessis Grimoult, using only luck and a two inch mortar.   …

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Sydney Hadley’s Glass Eye

One of the personal objects on display in The Tank Men exhibition is emblematic of the personal sacrifice made by so many men in World War One – a serious life-changing injury….

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The Gunnery School

While Bovington is the ‘home’ of the tank, the gunnery training was done just down the road at Lulworth. However, that was not always the case. …

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Camouflage

From the very beginning the tank had to be well-camouflaged, first when it was a secret weapon and then later when it advanced on to the battlefield….

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Sponsons

Sponsons were built separately from tanks, not necessarily by the company that built the actual tanks….

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The Bombproof Roof

This framework of wood and wire-netting (chicken wire the Americans call it) was devised as a means to prevent enemy stick grenades from lodging on the roof of the tank….

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The Tail Assembly

The pair of tail wheels on a Mark I tank seem to fascinate most people; they are in fact the rump of the articulated Landship idea devised by Colonel Crompton….

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Tank Banks and Souvenirs

It was realised soon after the start of the First World War that it was going to be a much lengthier and consequently more expensive war than first expected. …

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Little Willie

While it is undoubtedly the oldest surviving tank in the world Little Willie was only ever a prototype, it was the only one of its kind ever built….

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