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By W. H. L. Watson

The genuine tale by means of a British officer who was once chosen to command one of many first tank businesses in global struggle One. initially referred to as "land battleships", the tank was once built in deep secrecy, meant as a weapon to damage the stalemated trench warfare at the Western entrance. From their first disastrous makes an attempt in 1916 to their beautiful breakouts in 1918, the tank commanders needed to research for themselves tips on how to use a weapon that had by no means existed ahead of, and switch it right into a dominant strength at the battlefield. New creation offers a close ancient review of the 1st global battle.

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The foundation of all training was drill. As a very temporary soldier I had regarded drill as unnecessary ritual, as an opportunity for colonels and adjutants to use their voices and prance about on horses. “Spit and polish“ seemed to me as antiquated in a modern war as pipeclay and red coats. I was wrong. Let me give the old drill- sergeant his due. There is nothing in the world like smart drill under a competent instructor to make a company out of a mob. Train a man to respond instantly to a brisk command, and he will become a clean, alert, self-respecting soldier.

My car was a little unsightly. The body was loaded with Haigh’s kit and my kit and a collapsible table. On top, like a mahout, sat Spencer, my servant. It was sleeting, and there was a cold wind. We drove through St Pol and along the Arras road, cut south through Habarcq to Beaumetz, and plunged over appalling roads towards Bucquoy. The roads became worse and worse. Spencer was just able to cling on, groaning at every bump. Soon we arrived at our old rear defenses, from which we had gone forward only ten days before.

The greatest results were expected, and the Fifth Army would join in the fray immediately the attack of the Third Army was well launched. As far as I was concerned, my tanks were to be distributed along the fronts of the Australian and Vth Corps. The conference broke up, and the colonel and I were asked to tea at the chateau.

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