Although tanks went into action for the first time on September 15th 1916, the British public did not catch their first glimpse of this new weapon until 22nd November, courtesy of the Daily Mirror.
The rapid expansion of the Tank Corps made scenes like this common. Here the crew of a Mark IV tank are carrying out a kit inspection, June 1917.
Tank D11 ‘Die Hard’ destroyed and abandoned on the Flers battlefield, September 1916.
Musical Box, Clement Arnold Medium A Whippet tank Musical Box, 6th Battalion Tank Corps, Harbonnieres, 10 August 1918.
Mark V male tanks, 8th Bn Bapaume, 25 August 1918.
Mark V with cribs, Bellicourt, 28 September 1918.
Mark IV male Hyacinth Ribecourt, Cambrai, 20 November 1917.
Mark I female C6 Albert, 15 September 1916.
Mk IV female F4 Flirt II 6th Bn, Wailly.
Mk IV male with Canadian Infantry, Bony, 12 June 1918.
Mother undergoing trials in early 1916. Mother Burton Park Lincoln, 20 January 1916..
Mk I male D7, Flers, Somme, 15 September 1916.
Mk I male C19 Clan Leslie, Chimpanzeevalley, 15 September 1916.
Mk IV male Beutepanzer & infantry.
Mk IV male Beutepanzer Fritz at Demonstration.
A7V Sturmpanzerwagen 503 & Beutepanzer IV female.
A captured Whippet, or Beutepanzer in German service, one of two captured by the Germans and restored to working order. One German expert believed that the Whippet was a far more useful tank than the heavy Mark IV machines that the Germans captured.
One of the earliest photographs of the first tank men held by the Tank Museum archive. It was taken at Bisley Camp, Surrey, 1915. Cyril Coles Front Row 4th left.
Mark IV female War Baby II Gaza Detachment, 1917.