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By John Taylor

Легендарный британский танк «Deborah», учавствовавший в первой массированной танковой атаке (1917), боевой путь танка, карты, схемы, судьбы экипажа, военная археология, реконструкция. John Taylors e-book tells the story of the tank and her workforce and tracks down their descendants to discover a human tale every piece as compelling because the army one. Deborah is a British First global conflict tank that rose from the grave after enjoying the most momentous battles in historical past. In November 1917 she performed a number one position within the first winning massed tank assault at Cambrai. 80 years later, in a extraordinary feat of archaeology, the tanks buried continues to be have been rediscovered and excavated, and at the moment are preserved as a memorial to the conflict and to the boys who fought in it.

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They had not complete confidence in the steering and control of their engines. 15 This was well short of the British front line, let alone the German trenches they were supposed to attack. ’16 There is no way of establishing the facts about this alleged sabotage, but the human frailties of certain officers were recognized by Second Lieutenant Horace Birks, who joined D Battalion nearly a year later and whose vivid recollections opened this book. The people who were keen managed to get there. All that remained was to bring it back safely, but at least Alfred Enoch had emerged unscathed, and even gained confidence from his initial experience of combat.

While working for the New York Evening Post he had himself imprisoned to investigate the state of New Jersey’s gaols – a story for which he became one of the first recipients of the Pulitzer Prize. He wrote of the unit before it left England: ‘The officers were, I thought, patchy. ’9) The fact was that the inside of a tank was a democratic place, and the discomforts and dangers were the same for the officer in command – who had often originally served in the ranks – and for his crewmen, a number of whom went on to be commissioned as officers.

1 However, just a fortnight later George committed an act of such undisputed bravery that it was even reported in The Times. An attack was planned for 1 October 1916, supported by the only two tanks from D Company that were still serviceable. Dracula had been relatively successful on the first day, entering Flers before being been driven back by artillery fire. 2 Both men later received gallantry medals for this, but Arnold was now in hospital in England – though he would return to play a further part in the story of Deborah.

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