By George Forty
An outline of each make and kind of tank which observed motion in WWII, together with expert cars, prepared by means of state in chronological order, via an writer who served for 32 years within the Royal Tank Regiment
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8 Although Mother met the expectations placed on it, even crossing a 9-foot trench with ease, Kitchener was unimpressed. qxd 10/25/04 4:41 PM Page 16 16 TANKS Big Willie. S/TRH/Navy Historical. ” But Kitchener was in the minority. Most of those in attendance were quite persuaded as to the new weapon’s potential. The enthusiasts included Chief of the Imperial General Staff Sir William Robertson, Prime Minister Balfour, and Lloyd George. Balfour was even given a ride. ” Another trial was held on 8 February before King George V.
Although Little Willie was never armed, the top of the hull sported a ring with the intention that it would mount a mock-up turret. Little Willie went on to serve as a training vehicle for tank drivers. As Little Willie was making its appearance, Foster was completing work on a battlefield version. qxd 10/25/04 4:41 PM Page 15 INTRODUCTION OF THE TANK Little Willie. S/TRH/Navy Historical. side that carried over its top. These maximized the vehicle’s trenchcrossing ability. Because a turret would have made the machine too high, its designers mounted the guns in sponsons, one on either side of the hull.
This policy did not make for a cohesive team effort, and German Tank Corps morale tended to be poor, no doubt also because the crews knew their tanks were ineffective. On 24 April 1918, during part of the Spring Offensive, dubbed Operation georgette, the Germans attacked toward Amiens from Villers-Bretonneux. This battle is notable in that it featured the first tank-versus-tank engagement in history. In their advance the Germans employed 13 A7V tanks, moving them forward in three groups in thick mist.