BLUFThis 1917 WW1 battle saw the first use of massed tanks (476) and utilised combined arms (artillery, infantry and tanks); although tanks broke through the German lines, the allies were unable to follow up this breakthrough—however, this battle was a precursor to more sophisticated combined arms tactics and ultimately allied victory in 1918.
This article from the Imperial War Museum makes the following points:
- Over half of the tanks were out of action at day’s end.
- An artillery barrage was used to create surprise.
- Allies used tanks armed with machine guns together with tanks equipped with artillery-type guns.
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- Article Source: Imperial War Museums (iwm.org.uk)
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