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Tanks!

Tanks in mass culture.Created by: PICRYLDated: Invalid date
M-3 tanks and crews, Ft. Knox, Ky.
Tanks in mass culture. Tanks were first developed separately and simultaneously by Great Britain and France as a means to break the deadlock of trench warfare on the Western Front. Their first use in combat was by the British Army in September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. The name "tank" was adopted by the British during the early stages of their development, as a security measure to conceal their purpose.
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Tank in action

Tank in action

A tank, with guns apparently firing, crossing a trench or shell-hole. The tank appears to be a Mark I type, nicknamed, 'Mother'. These were the first tanks used in action and were developed from a prototype dem... more

British tanks going forward to check the German advance

British tanks going forward to check the German advance

The advantages of caterpillar tracks on tanks can be clearly seen here. These four tanks are travelling through a churned up and boggy mess with relative ease. The soldiers travelling on them also look relaxed.... more

Tanks showing some of their antics during the King's visit to their Headquarters

Tanks showing some of their antics during the King's visit to their He...

British tanks on training manoeuvres, in France, during World War I. This photograph of an advancing tank dwarfing British troops, gives an idea of the scale of tanks, and the power they brought to the front li... more

Canadians digging in and waiting for the next wave to pass them and go forward

Canadians digging in and waiting for the next wave to pass them and go...

Canadian troops and a tank on the Western Front, during World War I. This photograph gives some sense of how treacherous and fraught fighting in World War I could be. The Canadian soldiers in the picture look v... more

Tank in action

Tank in action

Format: Hand-coloured photograph from an exhibition of war photographs in natural colour produced by Colart's Studios, Melbourne, in the 1920s...Notes: Find more detailed information about this photographic col... more

Painting camouflage on a Tank

Painting camouflage on a Tank

The picture is taken from within a muddy yard. There is no particular background and so there is very little context to the picture. The back end of another tank is just visible to the left of the photograph. T... more

Tanks attack on Thiepval

Tanks attack on Thiepval

Tank moving across a battlefield at Thiepval, France. The tank appears to be moving over the top of a trench. In the trench there is a group of soldiers carefully watching it, they are all wearing steel helmets... more

Heavy armoured cars ready to go up 15/9/16

Heavy armoured cars ready to go up 15/9/16

Four tanks and their crews. Judging by the collection of fuel cans, holes in the ground, shovels, canvas sheets and the tent, it would appear that this is a tank camp. The combination of heat and fumes meant th... more

Infantry passing one of the new armoured cars on their way to the front line

Infantry passing one of the new armoured cars on their way to the fron...

A tank pulling some sort of carriage, followed by a group of infantrymen. The strange, triangular-shaped canopy of netting on top of the tank is probably for camouflaging purposes...The soldiers in this photogr... more

Washing down a Whippet tank

Washing down a Whippet tank

Whippet Tank being cleaned, France. A tank is parked in a concrete bay. This bay is edged with stones and gives way to rough grassland. A large riveted water tank, placed beside the bay and the pump which goes ... more

Attack on Hindenburg line

Attack on Hindenburg line

With 'land battleships (tanks) in the background, this image shows infantry advancing during the attack on the famous Hindenburg Line. As the Hindenburg Line was finally overrun by the Allies in the autumn of 1... more

Wir schlagen sie und zeichnen Kriegsanleihe!

Wir schlagen sie und zeichnen Kriegsanleihe!

Print shows two tanks on rough terrain, firing at unseen enemies as shells burst above them. An appeal for financial contributions to the war effort. Title from item. Entwurf Ldstm. Lehmann Gef. Lager Pr. Holla... more

One of the new armoured cars

One of the new armoured cars

Nicknamed the 'mechanical monsters, this photograph shows a British tank flanked by infantry soldiers, mules and horses. World War I has a notorious reputation for being the conflict that introduced the modern ... more

Tanks passing dead Germans who were alive before the cavalry advanced a few minutes before the picture was taken

Tanks passing dead Germans who were alive before the cavalry advanced ...

This photograph suggests how hardened some soldiers must have become to the suffering that was around them every day in World War I. In this picture the bodies of German soldiers are clearly visible, but none o... more

King visits the men who man the tanks at the Front

King visits the men who man the tanks at the Front

King George V visiting tank crews at the Front, in France, during World War I. In the photograph, King George V is on the right of the leading group of officers, in military uniform. Haig appears to be in the f... more

One of our Tanks at Flers

One of our Tanks at Flers

A tank is surrounded by infantrymen at Flers in France. The manner in which the soldiers are gathered together around the tank and looking directly at the camera, suggests that this could be a staged photograph... more

One of the new armoured cars on the battlefield of 15th September

One of the new armoured cars on the battlefield of 15th September

Originally called 'armoured cars, 'land ships or 'land battleships' and driven by Royal Navy crews, this photograph shows a tank on the battlefield. In the background can be seen infantry soldiers and horses. I... more

Some of the many stables where our tanks are housed

Some of the many stables where our tanks are housed

Sheds and the tanks they house, France. A long, open-fronted shed runs along the left side of the picture. It has a corrugated iron roof and supporting struts spaced to the width of the tank have been placed do... more

Busy scene just outside Bapaume

Busy scene just outside Bapaume

Advance on Bapaume, France, during World War I. Two tanks are moving towards the left, followed by troops. In the foreground some soldiers are sitting and standing at the roadside. One of them appears to be hav... more

Waiting their turn in advance - tank moving in distance

Waiting their turn in advance - tank moving in distance

Infantry waiting in a trench for their turn to advance, while others to the right are already advancing. There is a tank in the background in front of the infantry, so the image must have been taken after 15 Se... more

One of the tanks waiting to move forward

One of the tanks waiting to move forward

Fighting in Champagne. Troops with an Allied tank preparing to go into action, in France, during World War I. British and the French soldiers with one of the tanks that were at the cutting edge of new military ... more

British tank going forward to clear some undergrowth

British tank going forward to clear some undergrowth

A British tank moving across some undergrowth. The tank looks overwhelmed by the depth of the surrounding greenery. Tanks were effective at clearing away any obstacles before an advance, such as undergrowth and... more

Front view of a tank coming out of action

Front view of a tank coming out of action

Front of a tank. According to the photograph's original caption it is returning from a battle. The caterpillar tracks are caked in mud from the battlefield. There are two viewing holes at the front of the tank ... more

[Tank]

[Tank]

Poster showing a tank, with lengthy text in Chinese explaining what it is, the history of its invention, and its role in "the European war." English translation attached to verso. Title devised by Library staff.

Join the tanks, see service soon Treat 'em rough! / / Sgt. Henry E. Clark.

Join the tanks, see service soon Treat 'em rough! / / Sgt. Henry E. Cl...

Poster showing an angry cat atop a tank. Additional text, explaining the program and where to report, has been pasted onto the poster in two pieces.

National allied bazaar Mechanics Bldg. Boston December 9 to 20 / / Libbie Printing Co., Boston.

National allied bazaar Mechanics Bldg. Boston December 9 to 20 / / Lib...

Poster showing a battle scene with Allied tank, trenches, and airplanes.

See real warfare - "over there" cantonment - made possible by blood-not money 5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore - tickets for sale here / / Lloyd Harrison ; H Gamse & Bro. Litho. Balto. Md.

See real warfare - "over there" cantonment - made possible by blood-no...

Poster showing a tank climbing across a trench. Opens March 30th, moving pictures, music, world's greatest orators.

Hero land The greatest spectacle the world has ever seen for the greatest need the world has ever known / / J. Carl Mueller.

Hero land The greatest spectacle the world has ever seen for the great...

Poster for a fundraising event, showing a battle scene with a tank. Caption: British tank "Britannia" in action. Forms part of: Willard and Dorothy Straight Collection.

Treat 'em rough - Join the tanks United States Tank Corps / / Ahgiet Hutaf ; National Printing & Engraving Co., Chicago, New York, St. Louis.

Treat 'em rough - Join the tanks United States Tank Corps / / Ahgiet H...

Poster showing a black cat with prominent fangs and claws leaping above a battlefield with tanks. Open to fighting men - all classes 18 to 45. Apply at 1800 E. Street. No. 010824.

Hero land The greatest spectacle the world has ever seen for the greatest need the world has ever known / / J. Carl Mueller.

Hero land The greatest spectacle the world has ever seen for the great...

Poster for a fundraising event, showing a battle scene with a tank. Caption: British tank "Britannia" in action.

Crush the Prussian--Buy a bond--3rd Liberty Loan

Crush the Prussian--Buy a bond--3rd Liberty Loan

Poster showing a battle scene with trenches, a tank, and explosion. Forms part of: Willard and Dorothy Straight Collection.

Souscrivez a l'Emprunt de la Liboeration! Lloyds Bank (France) and National Provincial Bank (France) Limited

Souscrivez a l'Emprunt de la Liboeration! Lloyds Bank (France) and Nat...

A large tank emerging out of a trench onto a battlefield. Translation of title: Subscribe to the Liberation Loan. Lloyds Bank (France) and National Provincial Bank (France) Limited. Signed: Simay, 18. Baltimore... more

Souscrivez! et nous aurons la victoire. Emprunt National 1918

Souscrivez! et nous aurons la victoire. Emprunt National 1918

A large tank emerging out of a trench onto a battlefield. Translation of title: Subscribe! and we will be victorious. National Loan 1918. Signed: Simay, 18. Promotional goal: Fr. J8. 1918. Item is no. 77 in a ... more

337th Co, 13 Bat 505th Reg--French tanks passing thru Rampont, Fr. Oct 10/18 / Signal Corps U.S.A.

337th Co, 13 Bat 505th Reg--French tanks passing thru Rampont, Fr. Oct...

Convoy of tanks leaving Rampont in the French countryside. No. 26501. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

The tank tour. Buy national war bonds (£5 to £5000) and war savings certificates 15/6 / McLagan & Cumming, Edinr. (E).

The tank tour. Buy national war bonds (£5 to £5000) and war savings ce...

Poster showing a tank with guns blazing. Blank space is provided for including details of local exhibition. (1157) WT. 4127. 20M. 8-18. Issued by the Scottish War Savings Committee, 90 Princes Street, Edinburgh... more

An education for you Join the tanks U.S. Army / / J.P. Wharton, 1st Lt. Tank Corps.

An education for you Join the tanks U.S. Army / / J.P. Wharton, 1st Lt...

U.S. Army Tank Corps recruiting poster showing a man making repairs to a tank. A.G.O.R.S. no. 208, 10-24-19.

Learn and earn There's a trade and an education for young men in the Ordnance Department U-S-A / / Falls ; Engineer Reproduction Plant, U.S. Army, Washington Barracks, D.C.

Learn and earn There's a trade and an education for young men in the O...

Poster showing a mechanic wearing goggles, welding a part of a tank. Ordnance Recruiting Poster No. 1. U.S. Army Ordnance No. 1503-i. Text continues: For particulars apply [blank].

Famous French Renault tanks going through Vaux

Famous French Renault tanks going through Vaux

J269575 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by W.E. Troutman, Inc. No. 5108.

13th U.S. Cavalry (Mecz.), Fort Knox, Ky., June 1938, Col. C.L. Scott commanding

13th U.S. Cavalry (Mecz.), Fort Knox, Ky., June 1938, Col. C.L. Scott ...

Personnel standing in formation around vehicles and tanks. J 26684 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright claimant's address: San Antonio, Texas. Photo no. 5224-B. Copyright deposit; National Photo & News Service; Feb... more

13th U.S. Cavalry Mechanized, Fort Knox, Ky., June 16th, 1938, Col. C.L. Scott command'g.

13th U.S. Cavalry Mechanized, Fort Knox, Ky., June 16th, 1938, Col. C....

Personnel seated in vehicles. J 26682 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright claimant's address: San Antonio, Texas. Photo no. 5224-A. Copyright deposit; National Photo & News Service; February 3, 1939.

Light tank going through water obstacle, Ft. Knox, Ky.

Light tank going through water obstacle, Ft. Knox, Ky.

Phootgraph possibly shows a M-3A1 "Stuart" Light Tank. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2011)

Allies advance in Libya. At the height of the Allied pursuit of the Axis forces heavy rain fell in the Western Desert turning the sand and dust into mud and flooding low-lying parts. It made things difficult for the Axis, but even more so for the British troops, like these General Grant tanks ploughing through a wet and muddy stretch of road

Allies advance in Libya. At the height of the Allied pursuit of the Ax...

Title from item. British official photograph from OWI. No. D-8529.

Argylls and Sutherlanders in Malaya Constant practice in patrolling jungle roads keep members of this famous regiment in full fighting trim for their special job. Photo shows a member of a vehicle crew putting up a signal.

Argylls and Sutherlanders in Malaya Constant practice in patrolling ju...

Photograph shows soldier in tank raising a signal flag. Title from item. British Official photo: K-1398. No. BO-761. Forms part of: FSA/OWI Collection (Library of Congress).