British Mark IV female tank during trials, 1917
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Attack of the tanks

In September 1916 the face of battle changed forever. On an unsuspecting enemy, Britain unleashed its new secret weapon - the tank.

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Bagnold sun compass used by the LRDG, c1942

Desert innovator: Bagnold’s sun-compass

The Long Range Desert Group were masters of navigation. They owed much of their success to the scientific talents of Major Ralph Bagnold, whose sun-compass invention revolutionised desert travel.

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Mark I tank C19 in Chimpanzee Valley during the Battle of Flers Courcelette, 1916

Attack of the tanks

In September 1916 the face of battle changed forever. On an unsuspecting enemy, Britain unleashed its new secret weapon - the tank.

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Vickers Machine gun, c1914

Weapons of the Western Front

We explore some of the weapons used by the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War.

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The evolution of military camouflage
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3 August 2018, 11.30am

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The evolution of military camouflage

Tim Newark discusses the history of military camouflage, with particular reference to the First World War

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Follow this gallery trail to discover some of the amazing objects that have protected soldiers through time.

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On the move

Follow this gallery trail to find out how soldiers use technology to help with difficult jobs.

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Body builders

Follow this gallery trail to find some amazing objects that have helped soldiers to be superhuman.

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