THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME 1 JULY - 18 NOVEMBER 1916
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION
15 September 1916
MAKER: Brooke, J W (Lt)
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.
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…