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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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British tank on 5th Ave.
World War I tank, Wash. D.C.
World War I tank, Wash. D.C.
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

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

Front view of a tank coming out of action, Flanders

Front view of a tank coming out of action, Flanders

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

British tanks going forward to check the German advance, Flanders

British tanks going forward to check the German advance, Flanders

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

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

Washing down a Whippet tank, Flanders

Washing down a Whippet tank, Flanders

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

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

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

British tank going forward to clear some undergrowth, Flanders

British tank going forward to clear some undergrowth, Flanders

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

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

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

Tanks attack on Thiepval, Flanders

Tanks attack on Thiepval, Flanders

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

[German soldiers standing around a German tank as other soldiers work on the tank]
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

One of our Tanks at Flers, Flanders

One of our Tanks at Flers, Flanders

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

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

One of the new armoured cars, Flanders

One of the new armoured cars, Flanders

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

Painting camouflage on a Tank, Flanders

Painting camouflage on a Tank, Flanders

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

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

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

Tank in action, Flanders

Tank in action, Flanders

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

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

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

Waiting their turn in advance - tank moving in distance, Flanders

Waiting their turn in advance - tank moving in distance, Flanders

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

[Tank] - World War I poster

[Tank] - World War I poster

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.

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.

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.

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.

Various results of the war. Disabled tank at Gaza.
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.

Various results of the war. Disabled tank at Gaza; [Another view of disabled tank at Gaza].
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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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

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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

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.

Scene showing tanks in action during the mimic battle staged at Camp Franklin, Md., May 12, by the U.S. Tank Corps for the graduating class of the Army War College. Real ammunition was used by all the attacking forces
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.

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT REVIEWS ARMY DAY PARADE. WASHINGTON, D.C. APRIL 6. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT LED THE NATION TODAY IN OBSERVING ARMY DAY AS HE REVIEWED A COLORFUL PARADE COMPRISED OF VIRTUALLY EVERY ARM OF THE SERVICE. RUMBLING OF THE GIANT TANKS REVIVED MEMORIES OF AMERICA'S ENTRY INTO THE WORLD WAR TWENTY-ONE YEARS AGO TODAY. IN THE STAND CAN BE SEEN, L TO R: BRIG. GEN. WILLIAM F. BRYDEN, GRAND MARSHAL OF THE PARADE; PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT; BRIG. GEN. ALBERT COX OF THE D.C. NATIONAL GUARD; AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF WAR LOUIS JOHNSON
Tank crew standing in front of M-4 tank, Ft. Knox, Ky.
An M-3 tank in action, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-3 tanks in action, Ft. Knox, Ky.
Tank commander, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-3 tanks in action, Ft. Knox, Ky.
Tank commander, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-4 tank line, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-4 tank, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-3 tank and crew using small arms, Ft. Knox, Ky.
Tank commander, Ft. Knox, Ky.
Tank driver, Ft. Knox, Ky.
A young soldier of the armored forces holds and sights his Garand rifle like an old timer, Fort Knox, Ky. He likes the piece for its fine firing qualities and its rugged, dependable mechanism. Infantryman with halftrack
Tank commander, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-3 tanks in action, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-3 tanks and crews, Ft. Knox, Ky.
This husky member of a construction crew building a new 33,000-volt electric power line into Fort Knox is performing an important war service, Ft. Knox, Ky. Thousands of soldiers are in training there, and the new line from a hydroelectric plant at Louisville is needed to supplement the existing power supply
M-3 tanks in action, Ft. Knox., Ky.
M-4 tank crews of the United States, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-3 tank, Ft. Knox, Ky.
Tank crew standing in front of an M-4 tank, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-3 tanks in action, Ft. Knox, Ky.
M-3 and M4 tank company at bivouac, Ft. Knox, Ky.
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)

Browning machine gunner, Ft. Knox, Ky.
Light tanks, Fort Knox, Ky.
Parade of M-4 (General Sherman) and M-3 (General Grant) tanks in training maneuvers, Ft. Knox, Ky. Note the lower design of the M-4, the larger gun in the turret and the two hatches in front of the turret
Light tank, Ft. Knox, Ky.
The crew of an M-3 tank learn all the ways of causing trouble for the Axis with a 75-mm. gun, a 37-mm. gun and four machine guns, Fort Knox, Ky. The Fort Knox School for tank crews has graduated many men who are now ready to meet the enemy on our far flung battle lines -- and on more than equal terms. [Tank] commander
Good man, good gun: a private of the armored forces does some practice shooting with a 30-calibre Browning machine gun, Fort Knox, Ky. The gun is mounted on a pedestal for anti-aircraft work
Crewman of an M-3 tank, Ft. Knox, Ky.
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.

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
British tank men study U.S. tanks between battle in Egypt. British tank crews in Egypt train for the use of tanks arriving for the U.S.A. Experts on the U.S. machine give impromptu lessons, then the men climb aboard and examine every detail themselves. A gunner giving a talk on the 75mm gun
The "General Grant" of Libya. The American General Grant tank named after the great Civil War leader being replenished with ammunition. It went into action in the Battle of Knightsbridge and dealt out heavy punishment to Rommel's panzers
Secretary of War Henrey L. Stimson (back to camera) inspecting new trackless tank during demonstration at Fort Myer, Virginia. For further data see caption for pix D-570
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).

Tank armor Production. Brake presses flatten each piece of tank armor plate after flame-cutting and before machining. Every plane must be perfectly flat to ensure a tight fit in the tank. Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation. Farrell, Pennsylvania
Tank armor production. Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation. Farrell, Pennsylvania. A few minutes of well-earned rest for a strong, capable man. His work in an Eastern armor plate mill is an important contribution to America's war production drive
Indian troops in East Africa. The largest crowd Bombay city has seen for a long time turned out to see the spectacular finale of the city's "war week," a great route march by British and Indian naval and military units followed by armored vehicles and ambulances. Sir Roger Lumley, Governor of Bombay, took the salute from a saluting base by the fine Marine Drive. With him was General Sir Claude Auchinlock, Commander-in-Chief in India. How a tank goes over the top was graphically illustrated during the "war week" when the Rodney negotiated this wall with the greatest of ease
Fort Knox, Kentucky. Light tanks. This light tank, used at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for training and hardening crews for the armored forces, is helping to turn out fighters who will give the Axis some new ideas of what trouble really is
Cyrenaica reconquered: Later pictures from the battlefront The Axis highway ("Strada Dell'Asse") rechristened "Democracy Lane" - members of a British tank crew affixing the new name over the original Italo-German notice-board somewhere in Cyrenaica. The crew had been in the thick of the fighting.

Cyrenaica reconquered: Later pictures from the battlefront The Axis hi...

Title from item. British official photograph from OWI. No. BM-7988. Forms part of: FSA/OWI Collection (Library of Congress).

Fort Knox. M-3 tank crews. Mighty M-3 tanks carry their hard-boiled crews along a road in the military reservation at Fort Knox, Kentucky, learn all the ways of causing trouble for the Axis with. The Fort Knox school for tank crews has graduated many men who are now ready to meet the Axis on our far-flung battle lines and on more than equal terms
Fort Knox, Kentucky. Armored force personnel. "Tankers," as crewmen of the tank corps are called. These capable soldiers are just finishing advanced courses in armored force operations at Fort Knox, Kentucky
Fort Knox. M-3 tank crews. Commander of a tank crew at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The Fort Knox school for tank crews has graduated many men who are now ready to meet the Axis on our far-flung battle line and on more than equal terms
Fort Knox, Kentucky. Light tanks. This light tank, used at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for training and hardening crews for the armored forces, is helping to turn out fighters who will give the Axis some new ideas of what trouble really is
Fort Knox. M-3 tank crews. The crew of an M-3 tank at Fort Knox, Kentucky, learn all the ways of causing trouble for the Axis with a 75mm gun, a 37mm gun and four machine guns. The Fort Knox school for tank crews has graduated many men who are now ready to meet the enemy on our far-flung battle lines and on more than equal terms
Fort Knox. M-3 tank crews. M-3 tank crew members, in training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, get intensive practice in meeting every situation that may arise on the battlefield. The Fort Knox school for tank crews has graduated many men who are now ready to meet the Axis on our far-flung battle lines and on more than equal terms
Fort Knox, Kentucky. Light tanks. The light tanks used at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for training and hardening crews for our armored forces, are graduating tough, competent "tankers" who will soon be giving the Axis some pointers on modern warfare
Fort Knox, Kentucky. Light tanks. The light tanks used at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for training and hardening crews for our armored forces, are graduating tough, competent "tankers" who will soon be giving the Axis some pointers on modern warfare
Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Negro tank crews. Commander of a Negro tank crew in training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The hard, steady routine of war exercises at this post is changing men with little or no previous experience into competent tank crew members, infantrymen and specialists in the manifold tasks of the Engineer Corps
Fort Knox. M-3 tank crews. An M-3 tank, a 75mm cannon and a determined "tanker" at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The Fort Knox school for tank crews has graduated many men who are now ready to meet the enemy on our far-flung battle lines and on more than equal terms
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