TRAINING THE TANKS [Main Title]

Catalogue number
  • IWM 452
Department
Film
Production date
1918-07
Place made
GB
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Number Of Items/reels/tapes 1
Creator
Category
film

© IWM

Object description

Compilation piece from other films on the British use of the tank in the First World War.

Physical description

35mm

Full description

The film consists of unedited, unrelated scenes of Mark I and Mark IV tanks, at the Tank Corps training school at Bovington, on the Western Front, and in Palestine. It opens with unarmed Mark IV tanks in a training exercise at Bovington, crushing barbed wire defences and dragging a tree trunk out of a wood. In Palestine, the Mark I Male HMLS "Otazel" followed by the Female HMLS "Nut" cross a training trench. At Tank Corps headquarters in France in July 1917 two Mark IV tanks have a race for the benefit of King George V. Mark I tanks move into position during the early stages of the Battle of the Ancre in 1916. The final scene is a return to the exercises at Bovington.

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