Monday, February 2, 2009

Advance on Bapaume

This picture was taken during World War I, and shows troops advanging on Bapaume. What a frightening site a battle tank must have been.


  1. 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.


  2. 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!

  3. "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.

  4. 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.


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