At the start of World War One, Tanks were created and used as weapons of war. This guide provides access to material related to "WII Tanks" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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Tanks: New Weapons of War. “Hurdling trenches, crawling over shell craters, and walking through forests unhalted by intense gunfire, the tanks cannot be stopped by anything less than a direct hit from shells of considerable caliber,” reports The Ogden Standard of October 21, 1916, 4 p.m. City Edition. Read more about it!
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September 15, 1916
The first British tanks, developed from American tractors, are sent into action.
The first tanks developed by France are used.
September 12, 1918
American tank units first enter combat at St. Mihiel.