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Topics in Chronicling America - Tanks in World War I

Tanks: New Weapons of War. “Hurdling trenches, crawling over shell craters, and walking through forests unhalted by intense gunfire, the tanks cannot be stopped by anything less than a direct hit from shells of considerable caliber,” reports The Ogden Standard of October 21, 1916, 4 p.m. City Edition. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • September 15, 1916. The first British tanks, developed from American tractors, are sent into action.
  • April, 1917. The first tanks developed by France are used.
  • September 12, 1918. American tank units first enter combat at St. Mihiel.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] tank, caterpillar, tractor, land cruiser
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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