House of History: the Podcast

The First Tanks in History and the Race to Develop them during the First World War

February 1, 2021

There were some surprisingly decent-looking tank designs before the First World War broke out. Yet because there wasn't any direct necessity for these expensive machines, real development didn't start until the war had already progressed. Both the British and French developed several models of tanks during the last years of the First World War, in the hopes of breaking the stagnant trench warfare on the Western front.

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