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The RN was the "original" Tank Corps! - 6/18/2008 12:00:11 AM   
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I was trawling the net and came across an interesting bit of info.The introduction of the Tank in WW1 was due to 2 things,1 Winston Churchill backed the idea and 2.it was sposored and payrolled by the Royal Navy!!

Gathering up crews from the Navy, and C and D Companys of the Machine Gun Corps, and commanded by a sailor, Captain H. W. Mortimore, RN. 50 tanks arrived.At 0620 hours, off they rolled into history and legend, at the Battles of Flers and Delville Wood. It was not an entirely auspicious debut... Of the very first attack, Mark 1 from D Company, MGC, under the command of Captain Mortimore, was sent out and overran an enemy trench. The tank was then promptly hit by a shell and disabled. Of the main attack, three of the six tanks got bogged in the mud, one broke down, and the other two continued towards the enemy line slowly, supporting the infantry. In an event presaging the training and operational issues which would bog combined arms attacks forever the infantry moved ahead, away from the protection of the tanks. WWI was the last war where the infantry would be able to outrun the tanks at walking speed - from then on the tanks would keep losing their infantry in the other direction... As is true with any new weapon, there were successes and failures. Concerns raised included the view slits - they were too thin to be able to see much while moving, and they were targets for enemy gunshot; the exhaust - it made too much noise and the heat could have ignited the fuel fumes. Then there was the amount of mud that got into the treads and gummed them up - and the heat in the fighting compartment - not only did it drastically reduce crew endurance, in some portions of the vehicle it was was hot enough to jam the guns.

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RE: The RN was the "original" Tank Corps! - 6/22/2008 4:47:33 PM   
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Wow, that is very interesting thanks Andy.

Regards,

Greg

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RE: The RN was the "original" Tank Corps! - 6/23/2008 3:41:14 PM   
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I thought that it was a field artillery officer who got the idea by watching a tractor at work on some farm. Guess I was wrong.

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RE: The RN was the "original" Tank Corps! - 6/23/2008 3:44:01 PM   
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"Land battleship" was the original concept.

The naval jargon continued for some time.  Hence why you had cruiser tanks in WW2.


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