General Jackson’s Pedrail

United Kingdom (1915-1918) Prototype – 1 Partially Completed Colonel Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton had been there right at the birth of the British plan for the machines which were to become known as tanks. In 1915, this veteran of Victorian campaigns in India and acknowledged expert in both electrical equipment and road traction was brought…

William Foster’s Flotilla Leader

United Kingdom (1916) Tank – Design Only Prior to World War One, the Lincolnshire-based firm of William Foster and Co. Ltd. had been a manufacturer of primarily agricultural equipment and heavy tractors. It was the frightful slaughter of that war that brought ideas of using modern mechanical traction machines based on wheels, tracks, or both,…

William Foster’s Battletank

United Kingdom (1916) Tank – Design Only Prior to World War One, the Lincolnshire-based firm of William Foster and Co. Ltd. had primarily been a manufacturer of agricultural equipment and heavy tractors. It was the frightful slaughter of that war which brought ideas of using modern mechanical traction machines based on wheels, tracks, or both…

Macfie’s Landship 1916-17

United Kingdom (1916-1917) Landship – Design Only Many of the early ideas for armored land warfare which were suggested to break the stalemate of trench warfare in WW1 were impractical, outlandish, or otherwise beyond the technology of the day. Indeed, for a new type of warfare, a new type of weapon was needed and several…

Macfie’s Landship 1916

United Kingdom (1916) Landship – Design Only It has been over a century since the guns of WW1 fell silent. A war best known for mostly static trench warfare on the Western Front in France and Belgium as the great Empires of Britain, France, and German slugged out a 4 year-long brutal slaughter. In the…

Macfie’s Landship 1914-15

United Kingdom (1914-1915) Landship – Design Only Overlooked by most histories of the era of early armor, Robert Macfie was a visionary who first pressed the use of tracks to the Landships Committee at a time when ‘big-wheel’ machines were seen as the solution to the problems on the Western Front, namely barbed wire and…

Lincoln No. 1 Machine

United Kingdom (1915) Prototype – 1 Built The First World War was supposed to end quickly. Most of the high-ranking officials of the participating countries expected and planned for a short war, in which they would quickly crush their enemies and win glory and territories for their nations. However, after the German defeat at the…

Tank Mark VI

United Kingdom (1917-1918) Heavy Tank – 1 Wooden Mock-up Built The Commander’s Post Battle Conference On 16th June 1917, a conference was held at the 2nd Brigade Headquarters to discuss what happened at the Battle of Arras. Minutes were made of the points discussed. All the Battalion and Brigade commanders were present. Features of the Mark…

Killen-Strait Armoured Tractor

United Kingdom (1917-1918) Armored Tractor – 1 Prototype Built A first tank contender The Killen-Walsh Manufacturing Company made farm tractors. It changed its name to Killen-Strait in 1914, to build the agricultural tricycle Strait’s Tractor, designed by William Strait. Their factory was in Meade Street, Appleton, Wisconsin in the USA. The first version was powered…

Tritton Chaser – Whippet Prototype

United Kingdom (1916) Medium Tank – 1 Built Inspiration The tank concept itself was new to war having been unleashed on the Germans on the 15th September 1916 at Flers-Courcelette. William Tritton (knighted February 1917 for his services relating to tanks) was at the front in person less than a week after this first use…