Centenary of Tanks: Crompton’s and McAfee’s Vehicles

Hello everyone,

I usually don’t share this historical articles from Wargaming directly, but I believe them to be a good read, so I’ll start sharing them. Enjoy.


Source: worldoftanks.asia
Text by: Yuri Bahurin

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In February 1915, a group of British engineers and naval officers worked on the development of a new and highly experimental combat vehicle, which eventually became the wonder weapon of World War I. They formed the Landships Committee at the Royal Admiralty. There, many inventions were explored and prototyped, but were ultimately deemed unusable. They were incredible on paper, but impractical to use in combat.

Amongst the many experimental ideas, several projects got “stuck” on the very verge of success. Examples of such projects include those by experienced inventor Colonel Rookes Crompton and Lieutenant Robert Macfie, a young and talented officer in the Royal Naval Air Service.

Their vehicles actually resembled tanks of the future. Unfortunately, their inventions were not meant to be. Crompton was simply unlucky, whereas Macfie’s vehicle became the subject of a scandal. Continue reading

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100 Years of the Tank – Little Willie

On 15th September 1916, at Flers on the Somme, tanks were used in battle for the first time. In 2016 we are celebrating 100 years of tanks throughout history, and with no surprise my article is about Little Willie, the first tank in the World.

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Little Willie – The world’s first tank.

It’s the first months of 1915, the Western Front was a deadlock where neither side was able to penetrate the wall of machine gun fire or cross the enemy trenches. Plans to produce a Land Battleship started to be talked about, the army needed something else than the armoured cars used successfully by the Royal Naval Air Services (RNAS) during the early period of the Great War. In this stage, the front wasn’t fluid and the armoured cars weren’t capable of crossing the muddy shell pounded ground and the enemy static defences any more, so something new had to be built.

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