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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