how tanks in world war one changed warfare

Alyssa Hibbert

Adianez Otero

How did the World War One change warfare? Our research topic was war tanks. Tanks were used in war for protection and destruction. The invention of tanks in world war one changed the way war is today.

Tanks were originally made as a tractor. They were first invented by Richard Edgeworth in 1770; he called it the “caterpillar track.” Gottlieb Daimler then transformed it into a modern tank in 1885. Then it was recreated in 1899 by Frederick Simms. He called it the “motor- war car”. He promoted it to the British war office, but they rejected it and showed no interest into anything similar. During the First World War, Richard Hornsby and sons produced the killen-strait armored tractor and it was then used for war.

The tank was first used at the little known Battle of Flers. It was used to injure the opponent. After being secretly developed and tested, tanks were first introduced to battle on September 15th 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. The opposing army described the debut of the tanks as “being attacked by lumbering ‘monsters’ which advanced, ‘hobbling’ rolling and ‘rocking’ across no man’s land.” They were overrun in an instant. Nicknamed the ironclad, it was destined to change the face of land warfare. The success of the tanks resulted in orders requesting more and more. By November of 1917, the initial 36 tanks had grown into 378. Tanks were very slow, and couldn’t exceed 4 miles an hour.

Tanks changed warfare because they provided a stronger sense of protection and dominance. In earlier wars, many men would die trying to defend their country. Tanks helped to take out several soldiers at once and dominate the battlefield.


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