I didn't know the 1st tank was invented in 1914, by the British, to give them some chance in trench warfare and survive. There are probably others invented before that time, but obviously they weren't at the British Museum for tanks at Bovington, Dorset, because they probably weren't British.
|Safer out than in|
We arrived at this huge building, the compulsory cup of coffee later, timed for the 11oclock tour. Rob was such an enthusiastic tour guide it wasn't long before we were right in the history of tanks, tank warfare and the ins and outs of every thing tank. More people died from carbon monoxide fixation from the inside of the tanks than from damage inflicted by the enemy.
|Please Sir can I shoot|
|Dave, Judy & Roger|
|A commander has to keep his nose clean|
The 4 of us were given a rare opportunity to put on hardhats and squeeze inside a modern Challenger tank. First of all you realise that there is no room inside for anything let alone four people. We were surrounded by a mass of dials levers and array of equipment that could either hit you on the head and brain you or save your life.
I came away with the most incredible respect and admiration for the people who have gone to war in those machines. For what they had put up with discomfort wise as well as the ability they had to drive, operate and turn them into an effective war machines. They were very talented brave people.