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AWM’s Nick Fletcher discusses tank warfare

Burned out tank lost to the Australians during the 2nd Battle of Gaza. The infantry were unable to keep up with it, and after being disabled by enemy shells, the crew set fire to it and escaped. Afterwards the Turks used it as a sniper’s ‘possie’ or position. Hundreds of dead were lying about the remains of the tank when found. Supplied: Australian War Memorial.

This Week in History: Tank Warfare in The Battle of Cambria, ABC News Nightlife, 20 November 2022

A hundred years ago, tank warfare was still very new, and the first practical use of tanks in action occurred at the Battle of Cambrai in northern France. Dom Knight joined Nick Fletcher, the Head of Military Heraldry and Technology at the Australian War Memorial with expertise in First World War military technology, to discuss what many regard as the first practical use of tanks in warfare.

Duration: 25 mins
Broadcast: 20 Nov 2022
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