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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:15 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:53 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:59 AM
Could they have been captured British French ones ?
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:36 AM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:57 AM
Came across the following from a British gunners diary of Feb 2nd 1917
"We are firing on a place called Le Sars, at a range of 5,000 yards.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:20 AM
Could there have been using armoured typecar or the like
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:24 AM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:28 AM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:53 AM
The fact that the Germans did not have any tanks at the time may not have been known to the British (or French) at the time. The Germans had seen British tanks in Sept 1916 and it would have been imprudent, and possibly downright embarrassing, to be taken by surprise if the Germans actually did have them by Feb 1917.
There was of course a considerable "lead time" between developing the concept of the tank and manufacturing enough to use effectively in action. (Even so, the "penny packets" accusation was made.) There is no reason to suppose that the Germans might not have been carrying out similar R&D at the same time - as indeed the French did.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:31 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:48 PM
Yes we do, some ideas had been looked at and rejected. The High Command was less than luke warm.
Granted, centurion, but it is easier to make a copy of an existing invention than to develop the original invention and, as I pointed out, we don't know if German tank development had already begun before Sept 1916.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:48 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:23 PM
Britain did not know for sure that the Germans had not been developing tanks in parallel. The French had - it was possible that the Germans had too.
I would think that just over four months was hardly enough time to develop, put into production and train crews. It had taken Britain the best part of a year from the prototype's first run to deploying tanks.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:41 PM
Might not the "tank gun" have been an existing type of gun, not normally part of their gun complement, brought in as being better suited to knock out tanks should they appear? And called "the tank gun" for that reason
Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:03 AM