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Osprey - British Mark I Tank 1916

$17.00 USD
David Fletcher examines the development of the Mark I, and its surprise arrival in France in the middle of 1916 during the closing weeks of the battles of the Somme.

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By David Fletcher MBE

David Fletcher examines the development of the Mark I, and its surprise arrival in France in the middle of 1916 during the closing weeks of the battles of the Somme.

In 1915 a machine christened Little Willie changed the way that wars were fought. Little Willie was a fully tracked armoured vehicle that could break a trench system. Its development was completed in December 1915, but by then it had already been superseded by an improved design, Mother. This was the first rhomboid tank, and the prototype for the Mark 1 which would influence a whole generation of tank building. 

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I LOVED this book. A Must read.

With a lifelong interest in WWI I read every word of this well written and researched book with intense interest. The occasional dry wit was very welcome.

David Foster’s decision to become an authority on armour is a great loss to the railroad world (I saw in a video him saying that the railway field was well filled already - but sadly not by him). Even though I am a Newfoundland-born Canadian I am also a fan of British railway history. Alas.

The Mark I was a turning point and whether or not you are interested in armour, no study of the affects or outcome of the Great War is complete without understanding the impact on the world of the first tentative steps in sending ungainly fighting machines into the field. Leonardo DaVinci would have been pleased. The Mark I was not unlike something that we could believe would fit in with his imagination of future machines.

Cheers!
Terry on Vancouver Island way over on the Pacific Coast.

British Mark I Tank 1916 - The Tank Museum
Macmillan/ Osprey Publishing

Osprey - British Mark I Tank 1916

$17.00 USD
By David Fletcher MBE

David Fletcher examines the development of the Mark I, and its surprise arrival in France in the middle of 1916 during the closing weeks of the battles of the Somme.

In 1915 a machine christened Little Willie changed the way that wars were fought. Little Willie was a fully tracked armoured vehicle that could break a trench system. Its development was completed in December 1915, but by then it had already been superseded by an improved design, Mother. This was the first rhomboid tank, and the prototype for the Mark 1 which would influence a whole generation of tank building. 

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