Happy 100th birthday to the Tank!

IWM-Q 5574 THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME 1 JULY - 18 NOVEMBER 1916 MINISTRY OF INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION PRODUCTION DATE: 15 September 1916 MAKER: Brooke, J W (Lt) DESCRIPTION: The Battle of Flers Courcelette 15 - 22 September: A 'C' Company Mark I (C19 Clan Leslie) in Chimpanzee Valley preparing for action. Haig had 49 tanks available but due to mechanical problems only 18 went forward in small groups with the advance. Other Description: A 'C' Company Mark I tank (C. 19 "Clan Leslie") Chimpanzee Valley, 15 September 1916. Tanks first went into action on this day.

September 15th 1916 saw the first use of a tank in battle during the Battle of Flers-Courcellete., part of the Somme Offensive.

The BBC have a web page up, celebrating the birthday of the tank. The BBC have also posted news of a tank appearing in Trafalgar square, and other newspapers, such as the Daily Mail, have also been running features.


Given the date, I think there can be only one wargame on the agenda for tonight…


2 Comments on Happy 100th birthday to the Tank!

  1. James mccabe // September 15, 2016 at 14:01 // Reply

    tanks for that, Neil πŸ˜€

  2. Martin Armstrong // September 28, 2016 at 23:22 // Reply

    Well Neil, I have just seen the video of a demo Tanks game on Beasts of War and I think it is a fun game as Mike advised in your podcast a few sessions ago!
    Perfect for a no nonsense bit of fun for under an hour.
    The potential for 6mm game or GHQ would fit well for a game! Just a matter of Arrow template scale!
    Your thoughts? πŸ˜‹

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