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
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.