The British army rolled out the first tanks in September 1916 to break the deadlock of the Battle of the Somme. There were too few of them and they suffered too many mechanical problems to do the job, but their potential was clear. From that point on tanks played a role on every modern battlefield and in the planning of every major army.
Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, is senior fellow in military history for ABC-CLIO and the author or editor of more than 40 books and encyclopedias, many of which have been recognized by awards.
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