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De­vel­oped to break the stale­mate of trench war­fare, the tank paired steel ar­mour with cater­pil­lar tracks, a petrol en­gine, and ma­chine guns.

The first use of tanks on the bat­tle­field was at the Bat­tle of the Somme in France on Sept 15, 1916. On that day, the Bri­tish sent 49 Mark I tanks to at­tack the Ger­man trenches – but the re­sults were not the re­sound­ing suc­cess hoped for, as only a third of the tanks de­ployed broke through Ger­man lines.

Suc­cess came later at the Bat­tle of Cam­brai, France, in Novem­ber 1917 where 350 Bri­tish tanks, sup­ported by in­fantry, took the town from Ger­man hands.


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