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Tanks of World War I


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Tanks of the Allied Army

         During World War I, nearly all effective forms of warfare had stopped.  With obstacles such as mines and barbed wire,  each side sought solutions to these barriers while keeping their units unharmed.  And even when they got to enemy lines, they were put back by a then new invention called the machine gun. The first and most successful tank to overcome these challenges was the one designed by the British.
         By 1917 the British had over 60 tanks in their army. Including one called the Mark 4.  This tank could withstand fire from an anti-tank rifle.  Although they may have seemed unstoppable, there were several problems with early tanks, such as bad visibility, dangerous fumes and heat. There was also the common problem of tanks getting stuck in mud. In autumn of of that year, a slightly lighter tank, called the "Mark A," also known as the whippet  was made to be used on the Western Front.  Although is was faster than the tanks that had been built before it, it was unreliable and extremly vulnerable to artillery fire.
         The follow up to the Mark 4 was called Mark 5 and was first serviced in 1918. It had a new engine that was specially designed for tanks. It was called the Ricardo engine.  It could travel up to 5mph with the help of a new transmission and much better gears.

Austin-Putilov Specs.

Crew 5
Weight 11,440 lbs
Length 16'
Width 6' 4.75"
Height 7' 10.5"
Range 125 miles
Armor 8mm
Armament 2 x MG
Engine 50hp
Performance 31 mph