A Company of Tanks: An Eyewitness Account of the First by W. H. L. Watson

By W. H. L. Watson

The real tale via a British officer who used to be chosen to command one of many first tank businesses in international conflict One. initially referred to as "land battleships", the tank was once constructed 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 wonderful 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 supplies an in depth ancient evaluation of the 1st international conflict.

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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. It was joyous to read the notices, so newly obsolete—“This road is subject to shell-fire“—and when we passed over our old support and front trenches, and drove across No Man’s Land, and saw the green crosses of the Germans, the litter of their trenches, their signboards and their derelict equipment, then we were triumphant indeed. Since March 1917 we have advanced many a mile, but never with more joy.

Occasionally we tried to take each other’s brick- stacks, but these attempts were unsuccessful, and we settled down, each as uncomfortable as he well could be. And in this sector the enemy employed minenwerfer with the utmost enterprise. Our trenches were literally blown to pieces. In the daytime we ran about like disturbed ants, ever listening for the little thud of the “minnie’s” discharge and then looking upwards for the black speck by day or the glow of it by night. For minnies can be avoided by the alert and skillful.

Where they slept at night was a mystery. They died in the room next to my bed-chamber. The door of my room was inscribed “Notre Dame des Douleurs,” and the room justified its title. All operations planned in it were cancelled. The day after I had first slept in it I fell ill. Colonel Elles, with Lieut-Colonel Burnett, came to see me in my bed. I had not shaved, and my temperature made me slightly familiar. I could never keep the room warm of nights. Once, when I was suffering from a bad cold, I put out my hand sleepily for my handkerchief, and, without thinking, tried to blow my nose.

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