Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The First Tanks
Around the beginning of the first world war,many people had an idea. An armored tracked vehicle, also known as a tank. Leonardo Da Vinci invented something like the tank, but his design was never built, at least for war service( There is a replica in Israel). But the British were the first to actually build one. The Royal Navy actually were the supporters of the idea, even going so far as to create a "Landship Committee" for them! While Little Willie was the first tank, Big Willie was the first to be accepted. The Tank Mark One entered service in 1916, scaring enemy soldiers it encountered out of their wits. Many Mark 1s were built, but they were quickly followed by the marks 2 and 3. The Mark 4 was the classic model of what now became known as the Rhomboid or Lozenge Tank.