Tank Action in the Great War


B Battalion's Experiences 1917

By: Ian Verrinder
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781848840805
Published: 18th June 2009
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

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Tank Action in the Great War

Harry Moon and eight fellow members of the Royal Sussex Regiment all volunteered to transfer to B Battalion, Heavy Branch, Machine Gun Corps in January 1917, (later the Tank Corps) to serve in the revolutionary Mk IV Tanks. After describing his experiences, training and fighting on the Somme with the Royal Sussex, the book provides a unique description of the experiences of a tank crewman on the Western Front. The first action was at Messines in the Mk IV and Harry's story is embellished with accounts of gallantry by others and other anecdotes. After the battle he took part in two tank demonstrations for Royalty.

The 3rd Battle of Ypres followed in July 1917 resulting in the death of one of Harry's fellow volunteers. A full and thrilling account of the mass use of armour at Cambrai follows after descriptions of trials of fascines and barbed wire clearing equipment. Here the Battalion successfully achieved their first, second and third objectives and celebrated with a white table cloth lunch on the Hindenburg Line! Tragically disaster was to follow at the attack on Fontaine-Notre-Dame on 23 November where there were seventy per cent casualties.

Using personal accounts, Battle History reports and the Battalion War Diary, Tank Action in the Great War is a superb account of the early use of armour and the dangers for the crews. An additional feature is the array of exceptionally rare contemporary photographs of tank trials and combat casualties.



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