World War One Tanks

World War One tanks

When and where was the tank first imagined, developed, and its evolution in combat from 1916 to 1918, as well as tactical development during the interwar period.

New Zealand
Ottoman Empire
United Kingdom
United States of America

WWI Illustrations without a nation page

Minerva Armoured car model 1914
Minerva Armored Car, 1914 Model.

Lebedenko Tank

22 replies on “World War One Tanks”


Very interesting website. I came across it whilst researching a picture of a ceremony in Worthing, Sussex, in 1919 when a WWI tank was presented to the town in recognition of the war effort.

I cant work out of it is a Mark IV or V….I’m thinking a Mark V

I’m researching for a local history book and want to include info about it, but it needs to be accurate. A picture of the tank is available here…

Is it possible for someone to verify this for me? A credit for the info will be added to the book for any help given.


To Colin Walton.
I just wanted to inform you the tank on the link is a Mark V. You were correct on you assumption.
a stranger

A bit late in the day, I’m afraid, but that is a Mark IV. All “Presentation Tanks” were Mk IV. The easiest way to tell is that the Mark V had a large ventilation grille on either side of the hull, behind the sponsons; the Mk IV didn’t. I hope this helps

Your Web is very Impressive!
I use the material in your website for my academic work (TAU).
Can you guide me about the references of the material?
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Thank you, i was wondering what it was called because i decided to research it and was disappointed to not see a name for it.

The tank, if such it can be called, was built pre-Soviets, designed in 1914 and abandoned in 1915. It was also known as the Netopyr or Lebedenko Tank.

I was wondering if there are any Allies tanks there, as I can’t see them. ANyway, it is very imforming and a great website.

I wonder if the idea of a tankette is underrated; a small, 2-3 man armoured vehicle that acts as a tank equivalent to a single infantry unit? With 1-2 machine guns and/or a light cannon, 10 tankettes could do in an hour what 20 infantrymen could do in a day…

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