April Meeting: Tanks: Myths and Reality by David Millichope


This presentation looked at how the concept of the tank developed from a number of pioneers and enthusiasts keen to save lives in the killing fields of the Western Front. It is commonly believed by many military writers to be one of the ‘star performers’ of the Great War, a view frequently stoked by the media in search of a good story.  Yet it was not the war winner of popular mythology and neither did its development suffer at the hands of an unimaginative and moribund British General Staff. What the military had to work with were limited machines capable of breaking through barbed wire, crossing over trench defences and dealing with machine gun strongpoints.  Useful though this was, the spectacular blitzkrieg capability advocated by the visionaries was very much a thing of the future.    Image: IWM