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WW1 Tanks (1914-1918)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/17/2014

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

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There are a total of 21 WW1 Tanks (1914-1918) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1916
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...
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1916
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...
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1918
FIAT 2000
Compared to other national powers in the world, Italy was late in adopting a capable armored force. When the nation committed...
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1918
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 ...
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1918
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...
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1918
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...
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1918
Leichter Kampfwagen I (LK I)
The Germans were undone by the Allies' use of the heavy tank in the latter years of World War 1 (1914-1918). This threat was ...
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1918
Leichter Kampfwagen II (LK II)
The Germans in World War 1 (1914-1918) did not find the same level of success with combat tanks that was enjoyed by its enemi...
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1915
Little Willie
The idea of a tracked armored fighting vehicle was first put into practical military use by the British Admiralty. In fact, i...
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1918
M1917 6-ton
The M1917 6-ton light tank was an American license-production copy of the highly successful French-designed Renault "char leg...
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1918
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...
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1918
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...
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1917
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 ...
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1917
Sturmpanzerwagen A7V
The Sturmpanzerwagen A7V ("Allgemeines Kriegsdepartment, 7. Abteilung, Verkehrswesen") became the first operational German Ar...
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1918
Sturmpanzerwagen Oberschlesien
The only true operational German-made combat tank of World War 1 became the ponderous Sturmpanzerwagen A7V series of which on...
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1918
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...
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1919
Tank Mark VIII (International / Liberty)
The Mark VIII "International Tank" (also "Liberty" when powered by the American Liberty engine) would become the first tank i...
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1916
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...
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1917
Tank Mk II
The breaking of the stalemate of Trench Warfare during World War 1 would not have been made possible without the contribution...
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1917
Tank Mk IV
It was the British Navy - under Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty - that pushed the "tank" into existence (then ...
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1918
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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