Tuesday, 20 November 2007
An important innovation
Today is the 90th anniversary of the battle at Cambrai, the first major land battle on the First World War in which tanks were used en-masse. 500 tanks were used to break through the German lines, a victory that was reversed when the UK generals couldn't consolidate the territorial gains.
The tanks was first used in battle just over a year earlier during the Battle of Flers-Courcellette (part of the Battle of the Somme), on 15 September 1916.