By W. H. L. Watson

The genuine tale through a British officer who used to be chosen to command one of many first tank businesses in global conflict One. initially referred to as "land battleships", the tank used to be built in deep secrecy, meant as a weapon to wreck the stalemated trench struggle at the Western entrance. From their first disastrous makes an attempt in 1916 to their beautiful breakouts in 1918, the tank commanders needed to study for themselves how you can use a weapon that had by no means existed prior to, and switch it right into a dominant strength at the battlefield. New creation offers a close old assessment of the 1st international conflict.

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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.

The little bowls are set out on the table. The moment has come. From behind a curtain Hamond produces, with the solemnity of ritual, a battered water-bottle. He looks at Papa, who gravely nods, and a few drops from the water-bottle are poured into each steaming bowl of coffee. The fragrance is ineffable, for it is genuine old Jamaica. We talk of the son, a cuirassier, and when he will come on leave; of the Iron Corps who are down on the Somme; of how the men of the Nord cannot be matched by those of the Midi, who, it is rumoured, nearly lost the day at Verdun; of Mme.

It was on the 28th December 1916 that I was ordered by wire to proceed immediately to the headquarters of the tanks. Christmas festivities had cheered a depressed battalion, but there was at the time no likelihood of the mildest excitement. Hamond had disappeared suddenly—it was rumoured to England and tanks. I was left with a bare handful of men to command. It was still raining, and we were flooded. I was not sorry to go. We set out on a bright morning, in a smart gig that Wiggans had bought, with his latest acquisition in the shafts, bedecked with some second-hand harness we had found in Bethune, and clattered through Lillers to the Hotel de la Gare.

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