To commemorate the first tank engagement, which occurred at the Battle of Flers, in northwestern France, The Tank Museum is holding a special event on September 17th, 2016, called TANK 100. According to the web site, “TANK 100 is being held in conjunction with The Royal Tank Regiment and will feature living history, commemorative tank displays, talks and more.
Visitors can expect to see a display of modern British Army vehicles as well as a variety of historic vehicles from The Tank Museum collection, to exemplify the legacy of those first tanks and the men who fought in them.
There will also be a First World War mock battle, including pyrotechnics, living history reenactors and an aircraft display from the Great War Display Team
. The arena displays will end with a short commemorative service, led by the Royal Tank Regiment.”
You can find more information on the event at http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53512.
As part of their 100-year tribute to the tank, The Tank Museum has published an article discussing the earliest origins of camouflage as it was used on tanks. David Fletcher, a world reknowned writer on military affairs, discusses how the Royal Engineers came up with ways to help hide advancing tanks from enemy anti-tank fire during testing trials and the subsequent attempts to standardize the schemes once the vehicles reached the battlefields of France and Belgium. For more information, you can read the full text of the article here: Tank100
Located in England, the Tank Museum has put together a specially web site dedicated to 100 years of the tank. All sorts of information have been posted about the tank, particularly its earliest beginnings as a land battleship traversing the barb-wire strewn battlefields of World War I. For more information on the site, you can visit it here: Tank 100