Tanks in WWI

By: Alexis A., Jaslyn E., and Morgan V.

The Start of Tanks

Tanks were first started in World War I, and they had a very interesting affect during this period. The Battle of Flers was the first account that used tanks in battle. This battle occurred from September 15, 1916-September 22, 1916. Later that year, tanks were used at the Battle of Somme around November 18, 1916. In the beginning, tanks were highly unreliable. Although it was not a success, the tanks brought horrendous ends to warfare very quickly. This helped the Western Front.

Facts About Tanks In WWI

1. Because trench warfare was a type of fighting that was slow and unpredictable, tanks were invented.

2. These tanks were also made to deal with the problems of barbed wire.

3. Tanks were very difficult to control and maneuver over thick mud and uneven ground of the Western Front.

4. Farm equipment and caterpillar tracks gave men the idea for tanks during WWI.

5. The nickname "tank" was because they look like a metal water carrier.

6. Tanks were mostly named male or female by their owners. (This was determined by how many guns the tanks had)

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Little Willie

Little Willie was made in 1915 by some British scientists and inventors. This was their first model made for WWI. This particular ranks weighed 16 tons, and measured 8 meters long. It could travel up to 3.2 kmh.

Popular Tanks:

Mark I was one of the most widely made tanks. There were 10 different versions made of this tank, and it could travel up to 13 kmh!