Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
There is an example of one of the 13 or so surviving tanks of this type - I want to say it is French - at the museum of history in Sydney. It's huge - much bigger than it looks in this pic. It is darn near the size of an Abrams.Most of the tanks were destroyed in battle b/c they got hung up and shelled.-XC
I am fascinated by tanks. My father was a tank driver in WWII in Pattons army. There is a Veterans museum near my home that has several tanks on display but it's not very satisfying to just look at them, I want to get inside and drive it around!
"During World War II, Bapaume was a combat zone." (Reference)Bapaume was a "crossroads" town [in Northern France], many routes leading to many places. Obviously those roads were considered strategic in battle.Interesting bit of history.
This seems a 'Mark' series tank. It was the first combat tank and very successful in WWI. It had a rhomboid shape which resulted in a low centre of gravity. Its long track length was able to grip muddy ground, cross trenches and climb large obstacles. It carried a crew of eight. These tanks were classified as either 'male' or 'female' depending on the type of guns carried and the armour used. Thanks for this interesting picture.