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Wargaming to Mark Tank Centenary

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The Tank Museum in Britain will be celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of tanks in battle. Sponsored by Wargaming, the event will remember the Battle of Somme when the first British forces took tanks into battle on September 15, 1916.

Tank 100 is an event that will take place in Trafalgar Square in London. The location will host a British World War I tank for 1,100 hours on the anniversary. The location is significant for its part in fund raising efforts on behalf of the British government during the First World War.

During the First World War,to raise funds for the new tank army, the government sent tanks ‘on tour’ around the country. In high profile War Bond drives, these new ‘wonder weapons’ attracted huge crowds.

Trafalgar Square hosted several Tank Banks, as they were known, with politicians and celebrities climbing aboard to deliver speeches.

Tank Museum Curator David Willey said; “It is fitting that we should use the tank as a ‘prop’ at the commemorations to honour the memory of another group of extremely brave and pioneering soldiers who fought in this battle – the first tank crews. Their experience sheds a different perspective on the conduct of the war and the experience of the troops that fought in it.”

Learn more about the event on The Tank Museum site.

Kudos to Wargaming for its ongoing historical preservation support to organizations around the world.


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom