Deborah and the War of the Tanks by John Taylor

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 workforce and tracks down their descendants to discover a human tale each piece as compelling because the army one. Deborah is a British First international struggle tank that rose from the grave after enjoying essentially the most momentous battles in heritage. In November 1917 she performed a number one function within the first winning massed tank assault at Cambrai. 80 years later, in a amazing feat of archaeology, the tanks buried continues to be have been rediscovered and excavated, and are actually preserved as a memorial to the conflict and to the boys who fought in it.

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It seemed the only comment possible as the sight struck chill in one’s heart. The order to ‘fall in’ came down the line and we continued our aimless march. The raid, for that was all it was, was not even mentioned in Comic Cuts, the army paper, and since we were not marching in that direction we could ignore it. It should be possible to hitch a ride in one of the lorries that shuttle backwards and forwards between the two camps; and although this avoids a five-mile walk, we will be glad enough when the journey is over, since the lorry’s suspension is hard, the roads are bumpy and busy with transport and columns of troops, and the soldiers who are cheerfully crammed into the back of the lorry have been wearing their damp woollen uniforms for longer than anyone would wish, and are all to a man smoking heavily.

Lovie Château was twice hit, but while I was there no bomb fell sufficiently near to cause trouble. The vitality of the desolation broke out of black night, mud and abandoned gear like the bubbles in a cauldron. Then on the breeze came ‘drum fire’ in which no individual gun could be heard any more than the individual flashes could be seen. It seemed the only comment possible as the sight struck chill in one’s heart. The order to ‘fall in’ came down the line and we continued our aimless march.

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. ’7 Having abandoned their blazing machines, the crews had to get back across No Man’s Land with the battle still raging around them, and it was not long before the inevitable happened. In the words of a medical report, Second Lieutenant Wakley ‘was struck by some shrapnel casing a handsbreadth above the knee.

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