By John Taylor

Легендарный британский танк «Deborah», учавствовавший в первой массированной танковой атаке (1917), боевой путь танка, карты, схемы, судьбы экипажа, военная археология, реконструкция. John Taylors ebook tells the story of the tank and her group and tracks down their descendants to discover a human tale every piece as compelling because the army one. Deborah is a British First international battle tank that rose from the grave after enjoying some of the most momentous battles in background. In November 1917 she performed a number one function within the first profitable massed tank assault at Cambrai. 80 years later, in a notable feat of archaeology, the tanks buried continues to be have been rediscovered and excavated, and at the moment are preserved as a memorial to the conflict and to the boys who fought in it.

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He shared the glorious days when consignments of Mark I machines, shrouded in secrecy, were delivered by rail from factories in Lincoln and Oldbury (in the West Midlands) to the country estate near Thetford, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, which had been sealed off for their training. There was an argument that the British should not show their hand until more tanks were available, but such was the urgency of the hour that the first twenty-five tanks from C and D Companies made their way into action on 15 September 1916.

Our fellow passengers mostly have light blue flashes on their shoulder-straps indicating they belong to D Battalion, so after jumping down from the lorry (with some relief) into the fresh air, the best way to find Deborah is to tag along as they make their way down a broad track into Oosthoek Wood, dodging the deep ruts and puddles with their filmy sheen of oil which are a sure sign that the tanks are close at hand. Some stand empty and deserted, but in most cases the crews are already working on them, and in a few the engine has been started and is idling with a throaty, chugging roar while the tank itself is shrouded in a cloud of choking smoke.

Exploiting this setback, German troops now began to infiltrate back into the area. Wakley and his crew now faced a dilemma, for although the attacking troops were cut off and desperately needed their support, it was also vital to stop their new weapon falling into enemy hands. The drama was described in a newspaper report by an anonymous correspondent, probably Philip Gibbs, the erstwhile confidant of George Foot’s tank commander. The Times said that ‘the part played by the “Tanks” in the operation was picturesque and gave opportunity for the display of great gallantry.

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