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His Majesty’s Landships

His Majesty's Landships

A concept of First Lord of the Admiralty; Winston Churchill, the first tanks were called His Majesty’s Landships. Perhaps a hint to the enemy so they were given a code name reflecting their shape and became known as ”Tanks”
The rear tank in the photo appears to be a ”female”; ”male” tanks were armed with 6 pounder guns and ”females” with machine guns. Each tank carries a ditching ”beam” in case of bogging down in trenches or shell craters. On a sombre note the tanks pass a German casualty  ignored at the side of the road.

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