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 publication tells the story of the tank and her workforce and tracks down their descendants to discover a human tale each piece as compelling because the army one. Deborah is a British First international conflict tank that rose from the grave after playing essentially the most momentous battles in heritage. In November 1917 she performed a number one function within the first profitable massed tank assault at Cambrai. 80 years later, in a striking 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 lads who fought in it.
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A number of army documents indicate he used the surname ‘Foote’, a slightly more refined spelling which hints at some social aspirations. Like a number of his future comrades in the Tank Corps, George got his first taste of military life as a despatch-rider, carrying messages from one headquarters to another by motorcycle. 13 George was with the unit at the very start, before they had even seen a tank or knew very clearly what it was, and then when the first prototype reached them in June. He shared the glorious days when consignments of Mark I machines, shrouded in secrecy, were delivered by rail from factories in Lincoln and Oldbury (in the West Midlands) to the country estate near Thetford, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, which had been sealed off for their training.
While we cannot be sure they were the same men who fought with D51 in the Third Battle of Ypres in August 1917, this is entirely plausible, bearing in mind that strenuous efforts were made to keep the same crews together so they could become an efficient fighting unit. In the words of Colonel Baker-Carr, commander of 1st Tank Brigade which included D Battalion: The members of a tank crew were the most highly and most widely trained men in the British Army. Every man was a skilled machine-gunner; most of them were trained six-pounder gunners; most were fully competent drivers; most, if not all, were able to read a map and steer by compass; every single man was, to a greater or lesser degree, a mechanic.
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. He had previously been self-conscious about his humble origins compared to other officers he encountered, but his son Russell described how ‘there was a very heavy bombardment, and one of these young men broke down and started to scream and scream.
Deborah and the War of the Tanks by John Taylor