Deborah and the War of the Tanks by John Taylor

By John Taylor

Легендарный британский танк «Deborah», учавствовавший в первой массированной танковой атаке (1917), боевой путь танка, карты, схемы, судьбы экипажа, военная археология, реконструкция. John Taylors ebook tells the story of the tank and her workforce and tracks down their descendants to discover a human tale each piece as compelling because the army one. Deborah is a British First international warfare tank that rose from the grave after playing the most momentous battles in historical past. In November 1917 she performed a number one function within the first profitable massed tank assault at Cambrai. 80 years later, in a outstanding feat of archaeology, the tanks buried continues to be have been rediscovered and excavated, and at the moment are preserved as a memorial to the conflict and to the boys who fought in it.

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Two months later, he was in France. 19 After this he took on a more conventional ASC role in transporting the massive 6in naval guns and ammunition used by an artillery battery. George described his command as ‘quite a big affair for a humble individual like myself’,20 consisting of fifty-five men, eighteen lorries, nine motorcycles and two cars. Most important of all were five American-built Holt tractors that were used to tow the guns and were propelled by caterpillar tracks, giving them unparalleled power and mobility; looking at these sturdy little vehicles, originally developed for agricultural use, George could never have guessed that they had already helped to inspire a more aggressive machine that would one day play a pivotal role in the war, and in his own life.

23 Graeme Nixon was less personally successful, since D12 reached the village but was then hit by a shell which disabled the twin-wheeled steering mechanism at the rear, identified as a source of potential weakness by George Foot’s commander, among others. As the tank withdrew it became ditched, before being hit again and set on fire while the crew were trying to dig it out. ’25 The reports did not mention that Dinnaken was later hit by a shell and had to be abandoned, though fortunately without serious injury to the crew.

The question about George’s vision never came up again: faced with such a keen and well-qualified candidate, it seems the authorities decided not to look a gift-horse in the eye. Instead, having had so many battles with the authorities, it would have amused George to know that two splendidly-named grandees were now fighting over him. The dispute was somehow resolved and he settled into the training programme that had been developed for aspiring tank commanders at Bovington. The description comes from Captain Edward Glanville Smith, who had won the Military Cross when his tank was knocked out at Bullecourt, and noted that their losses were now being made up: ‘Three more reinforcement officers joined 12 Company at Wailly, viz.

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