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WW1 Tanks

World War 1 saw the origins of the "Landship", which became the "tank" as we know it - all thanks to British engineering out of Bovington, England.

World War 1 proved a testing ground concerning aspects related to modern warfare. Poison gas, the flamethrower, the aircraft (as a fighter, light bomber and heavy bomber), the machine gun and the "tank" were all born in their practical sense in during the dark days of The Great War. Early "tanks", known then as "landships" after their sea-going battleship counterparts, were largely pioneered by the British Navy and began life as awkward rhomboidal-shaped steel beasts with side-mounted cannon and machine gun armament. Such armored vehicles helped to break the stalemate along the Western Front for the Allies and force the Armistice of November 1918. By the end of the war, the revolutionary French Renault FT-17 Light Tank was in use and it brought about the revolving turret that proved a common feature in all future tank developments since. Today's massive and powerful war machines can all trace their roots back to these early ground-breaking initiatives.

There are a total of 18 WW1 Tanks in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

Char D'Assault Schneider (Schneider CA)
The Schneider Char d'Assault tank was France's first real attempt at differentiating dedicated tanks from dedicated self-prop...

Char D'Assault St. Chamond
While traditionally categorized as one of the early combat "tanks" in history, the Char D'Assault St. Chamond featured qualit...

FIAT 2000
Compared to other national powers in the world, Italy was late in adopting a capable armored force. When the nation committed...

Ford Model 1918 3-ton (M1918)
In preparation for the shortages expected of French Renault FT-17 Light Tanks during World War 1 (1914-1918), it fell to the ...

Holt Gas-Electric Tank
The Holt Gas-Electric Tank became the first true "tank" to be designed and constructed by and for the United States. Hardly t...

K Grosskampfwagen (K-Wagen)
Long before German engineers lent their talents to the outrageous and very optimistic heavy tank designs of World War 2, they...

Little Willie
The idea of a tracked armored fighting vehicle was first put into practical military use by the British Admiralty. In fact, i...

M1917 6-ton
The M1917 6-ton light tank was an American license-production copy of the highly successful French-designed Renault "char leg...

Medium Mark C (Hornet)
The Medium Mark C tank was a promising and notably agile armored system that arrived too late to see combat action in World W...

Medium Tank Mk A (Whippet)
The Medium Tank Mk A (also known as the "Whippet") was an armored vehicle specifically designed to exploit breaches in the ba...

Renault FT-17
The Renault FT-17 series of light tank was an evolutionary design in the field of combat tanks that would go on to influence ...

Sturmpanzerwagen A7V
The comical-looking Sturmpanzerwagen A7V series was the first German attempt at an armored fighting vehicle - a tank - and ap...

Tank Mark IX
The Mark IX tank was classified as an armored personnel carrier - effectively the world's first of its kind anywhere in opera...

Tank Mark VIII (International Tank / Liberty Tank)
The Mark VIII "International Tank" (also "Liberty" when powered by the American Liberty engine) would become the first tank i...

Tank Mk I (Big Willie / Centipede / Mother)
The British were pioneers in the field of armored warfare during World War 1 - producing the world's first practical combat t...

Tank Mk II
The breaking of the stalemate of Trench Warfare during World War 1 would not have been made possible without the contribution...

Tank Mk IV
It was the British Navy - under Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty - that pushed the "tank" into existence (then ...

Tank Mk V
The Tank Mk V was a further evolution of the British "tank" - then known as "landship" - which began with the original Tank M...
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