The First World War began in the summer of 1914, progressing on very fast at first. The Germans moved themselves into a defensive position on the Western Front. The British and French attempted to break this gruesome stalemate, but only suffered more casualties to the death trap that is trench warfare. With the development of machine guns and artillery, infantry were walking skeletons when in the face of German firepower. How could the French and British conquer such an impenetrable defense without taking such heavy losses? The lack of firepower, protection and mobility was present, and remained throughout the bloody stalemate of World War I. A weapon that could combine those three crucial attributes would turn the tide of the war, and drive Germany out of the Western Front. Cavalry had already offered mobility and a degree of protection, but it wasn’t enough to face the new technology. It needed to protect troops, provide sufficient killing power, and traverse any terrain with ease. The tank was developed to accommodate all of these needs. While it didn’t see much action in World War I, the iron war horse would develop through history as one of the greatest weapons in 20th century combat because they became turning points for wars, combated other technologies being developed and protected troops while dealing massive damage.
The British had come up with a name for the foot soldiers meeting their death: “PBI”, or “poor bloody infantry” (Frost). Seeing this ironic, gruesome representation of infantry, some saw the need for a solution. Lt. Col. Ernest Swinton saw the need for a tracked vehicle that could get through rough terrain and trenches, as well as the barbed wire and machine gun nests (Frost). Even Winston...
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Nevertheless, the iron war horse proved its legacy in the Great Wars and the wars after it as the greatest weapon of the 20th century. It proved that soldiers didn’t have to face their death unprotected and hopeless. It proved its worth by being a reliable weapon that could dish out damage, protect and move at the same time. The innovations made in the early 20th century not only pushed the weapon forward, but pushed countries forward in conflicts. The tank changed conflicts forever, bringing advantage to the Allies and conquering the Reich, communism, and terrorists with its brute force and intelligent application. The weapon continues to prove its worth today, but may not do so in the future. Despite its lack of power, protection and faith in the early 20th century, emerging technologies developed the tank into a vital, key instrument in 20th century warfare.
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