Learning Curve, The Great War
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A re-enactment of a Great War battle scene, July 1919
(Catalogue ref: ZPER 34/155, reproduced by permission of the Illustrated London News Picture Library)

TANKS IN "THE ATTACK" AT OLYMPIA: REALISM IN THE NAVAL, MILITARY, AND AIR FORCE TOURNAMENT.

BRIDGE-LAYING TANKS AND OTHERS IN THE ROYAL NAVAL, MILITARY, AND AIR FORCE TOURNAMENT: A REALISTIC IMITATION OF AN ADVANCE AGAINST THE ENEMY.

The Royal Naval, Military and Air Force Tournament was opened at Olympia on June 26, in the presence of the King and Queen and Marshall Joffre. Modern methods of warfare are represented in a way that has never been seen before, especially in "The Attack," a realistic demonstration of British troops going "over the top" against the Germans. The advance of the infantry is preceded by a "barrage," and a prominent part in the mimic onslaught is played by a number of Tanks, one weighing 35 tons and another 20 tons. Their speed and climbing powers and mobility in turning are a revelation to those who have only seen them in processions or as accessories to War Loan campaigns. The Tanks of the new bridge-laying type also show their powers in that respect. One of them may be seen in the centre background of our illustration, while on the right another Tank is shown just about to cross a bridge that has been laid.

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