This is a Teesside Branch event organised and run by the Teesside Branch Committee on behalf of Branch members. Other members and non-members are very welcome to register for this talk. .
Overview: The introduction of tanks during the final stages of the Battle of the Somme in September 1916 was a turning point in the Great War. Trench warfare was no longer the static stalemate it had been for two years and a return to mobile warfare was coming. Later in the war the early “Heavy” tanks would be supplemented with addition lighter faster tanks - “Whippets” which could exploit trench breakthroughs and become the first armored cavalry units. This is the story of one such tank called “Musical Box”, it’s exploits in 1918 behind German lines and why we wanted to build a fully working replica. Ironically, these tanks originally had no welded parts, not the case for our replica!
Speaker Biography: Tony has a PhD in Biology and Biochemistry and is a part time WW1 Historian and self-taught welder, thanks to You Tube! Tony has spent 13 years building and maintaining replica WW1 tanks. Originally self-taught welder but helped significantly by Dave Godfrey of TWI
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