Tank in History

Historical Events

  • 1916-09-15 First use of tanks in warfare, "Little Willies" at Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Battle of the Somme
  • 1917-11-20 First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI
  • 1918-08-08 WW I: The Battle of Amiens begins - Canada, Australian and British breakthrough with 600 tanks
  • 1940-05-12 German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
  • 1940-05-20 German General Guderian's tanks reach the English Channel (British expeditionary army)
  • 1940-05-24 German tanks reach Atrecht France
  • 1941-02-04 British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
  • 1941-11-24 Indian infantry attacks German tanks at Sidi Omar
  • 1942-01-05 55 German tanks reach North-Africa
  • 1942-01-23 Tank battle at Adzjedabia, Africa Korp vs British 8th army
  • 1942-05-26 Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: Afrika Korps vs British army
  • 1942-07-22 4th Soviet army forms with 80 tanks
  • 1942-08-12 German 1st tank leader captures Elista, Kalmukkensteppe
  • 1942-12-25 Soviet artillery and tank battle on German armies at Stalingrad
  • 1943-02-19 German tanks under Generalmajor Karl Buelowius attack Kasserine Pass, Tunisia
  • 1943-07-05 Battle of Koersk, USSR begins (6,000 tanks)
  • 1943-07-08 4th day of battle at Kursk: Gen Model uses last tank reserve
  • 1943-07-12 World War II: Battle of Prokhorovka - Russians defeat German forces in one of the largest ever tank battles
  • 1943-07-13 Greatest tank battle in history ends with Russia's defeat of Germany at Kursk, almost 6,000 tanks take part, 2,900 lost by Germany
  • 1943-07-23 Battle of Koersk, USSR ends in Nazi defeat (6,000 tanks)
  • 1944-08-25 France 2nd Tank division under General Leclerc reaches Notre Dame
  • 1944-09-03 Tank division of British Guards free Brussels
  • 1945-04-04 US tanks/infantry conquer Bielefeld
  • 1945-04-26 World War II: Battle of Bautzen - last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.
  • 1951-03-31 US tanks exceed 38° of latitude in Korea
  • 1956-09-03 Tanks are deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee
  • 1972-07-31 Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • 1973-10-14 Egyptian tanks move further into Israel
  • 1973-10-15 Tanks attack Thailand demonstrating students, 300 killed
  • 1973-10-16 Israeli tanks under Gen Sharon move through Suez Canal
  • 1973-11-17 Greek regime attacks students with tanks, 100s killed
  • 2003-03-28 In a "friendly fire" incident, two US A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull
  • 2012-11-13 3 Syrian tanks enter the demilitarized zone of Golan Heights
  • 2014-08-03 At least 13 Palestinians reported killed in ongoing air raids and tank shelling by Israel

Famous Birthdays

  • 1914-04-22 Michael Wittman, German soldier and tank ace (d. 1944)
  • 1939-08-09 Tony Budge, English contractor/tank maker/multi-millionaire

Famous Deaths

  • 1962-11-24 James J Kilroy, tank inspector (Kilroy was here), dies at 60