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Posted by Rebecca Mortimer on 27 September 2013 10:41:00 BST In Military History
The Devil’s Chariots: The origins and secret battles of tanks in the First World War By renowned and highly-praised author, John Glanfield John Glanfield’s second blog looks at some of the main themes, personalities and events included in this forthcoming digital edition of a military classic: The Army spurns armoured fighting vehicles Following deeply flawed War Office trials of a US-built crawler tractor in February 1915, FM Lord Kitchener rejected Winston Churchill’s impassioned calls for the Army to build ‘caterpillar’ armoured trench destroyers to cross fire-swept and wired ground.Continue Reading
Posted by Rebecca Mortimer on 24 September 2013 16:36:00 BST In Military History
The Devil’s Chariots: The origins and secret battles of tanks in the First World War By renowned and highly-praised author, John Glanfield. John Glanfield’s first blog offers a quick look at what is in the digital edition of a military classic. Here for the first time is the full story of the tank’s tortuous birth in World War I. Its pioneers fought secret battles with a military mindset long attuned to the ‘horse and lance’ when they abruptly confronted it with ‘horsepower and gunnery’. Had the views of the High Command prevailed, British tanks would not have become the first on any battlefield.Continue Reading