This photograph printed on a postcard shows a group of soldiers posing with a destroyed tank. The armored vehicle and its capabilities radically change warfare, especially in WWI. The caterpillar tracks made it so soldiers can travel over rough ground, especially nearby trenches where barbed wire covered the landscape. One of the first sketches of a tank was drafted by Leonardo Da Vinci in the fifteenth century. However, the idea of the tank and its full potential was not realized until The Great War. Many prototypes were created during the span of the war, one of the first being “Little Willie” produced by England in 1915. However, Little Willie was far from being a success. It weighed 14 tons, got stuck in trenches and crawled over rough terrain at only two miles per hour. Occasionally, the tracks would fall off. Even though the new machine was highly unreliable, it did a great deal in helping end the horrors of trench warfare, and created mobility for the western front. With time, improvements continued and so did wars. A century later, the modern tank can weight up to 48 tons, can travel at 50- 55 mile per hour, and is fully equipped with heavy artillery, ready for combat.
Post by Jackie Slanley