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How was the tank used in ww1?

Last Updated: 21st September, 2021

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During their use in the First World War, tanks had mixed success. They were indeed powerful and terrifying weapons when used against the Germans but, as a new weapon, the correct time and place to use them was still to be ascertained. They were also highly unreliable mechanically and prone to breaking down.

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Similarly one may ask, how did the tanks help in ww1?

The tank was invented to break the stalemate of trench warfare on World War I's European battlefields. Artillery and machine guns, plentiful on both sides, were particularly effective against the main form of offense—the infantryman.

One may also ask, what were ww1 tanks? They only developed one type of tank which saw combat in the war. The A7V Sturmpanzerwagen was designed in 1917 and was used in battle from March 1918. It was manned by a crew of 18, and had eight machine guns and a 57mm cannon. Only 20 A7Vs were produced during the war.

Then, who invented tanks in ww1?

The very first tank to be built in the world was the No. 1 Lincoln Machine which was designed by Sir William Tritton (1875-1946) and Lieutenant Walter Gordon Wilson (1874-1957). It was known as “Little Willie” and was designed and constructed between August and September of 1915.

How was machine guns used in ww1?

Crude machine guns had first been used in the American Civil War (1861 to 1865). Machine guns could shoot hundreds of rounds of ammunition a minute and the standard military tactic of World War One was the infantry charge. Casualties were huge. Many soldiers barely got out of their trench before they were cut down.

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