Subscribe to our Newsletter!

April 24, 1918 – The first tank vs. tank battle occurs in war

A different sort of automotive machine made history when the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux broke out near Amiens in northern France on this day in 1918, during World War I. It was at this battle site that the first recorded tank versus tank engagement occurred in the history of warfare.

Above: A German A7V tank
Top: A destroyed British Mark IV tank

The battle occurred when a German A7V tank advanced on three British Mark IV tanks. Two of the British tanks were armed only with machine guns, both of which were damaged and forced to withdraw. The remaining British tank was equipped with a 6 pound gun. This Mark IV fired on the German tank and eventually hit it, disabling it. The British tank continued to fire until the German tank withdrew. The British tank was able to continue its advance on the Germans with support of Whippet light tanks, but those too were eventually disabled by German artillery fire. 

Animation of the first tank vs. tank battle, which occurred during WWI.

By battle’s end, on April 27, the British, with support of Australian and French troops, recaptured the town which had been held by the Germans. The fighting around Villers-Bretonneux throughout April resulted in many casualties. The Australian brigades had 2,473 casualties, British losses totaled 9,529, and French casualties were about 3,500. The Germans lost between 8,000–10,400 men in the fighting.

28 Comments

  • Hi there, I found your blog via Google while looking for a similar matter, your site got here up, it appears to be like great.
    I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

    Hello there, just turned into alert to your weblog thru Google, and located that it is truly
    informative. I’m going to be careful for brussels.
    I’ll be grateful should you continue this in future.

    A lot of other folks will be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!

  • Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I couldlocate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using thesame blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?Thanks a lot!

  • wonderful put up, very informative. I ponder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this.You should continue your writing. I am sure,you have a great readers’ base already!

  • I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much
    more enjoyable for me to come here and visit
    more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
    Exceptional work!

  • I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but
    your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the
    future. All the best

  • When someone writes an piece of writing he/she keeps the idea
    of a user in his/her brain that how a user can understand it.
    Therefore that’s why this article is perfect. Thanks!

  • We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site provided us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable job
    and our entire community will be thankful to
    you.

  • I was curious if you ever thought of changing the structure of your
    site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so
    people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful
    lot of text for only having 1 or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  • I think this is among the most vital info for me. And
    i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on some general things, The
    site style is wonderful, the articles is really excellent : D.
    Good job, cheers

  • I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I am not
    sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble.
    You’re incredible! Thanks!

  • I do not even know how I ended up here, but Ithought this post was great. I don’t knowwho you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if youaren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  • I absolutely love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme.

    Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping to create
    my very own website and would like to find out where you got this from or
    what the theme is named. Cheers!

  • Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of
    your useful information. Thanks for the post.

    I’ll certainly comeback.

  • Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you ever been blogging for?you make blogging look easy. The entire glance of your siteis great, as well as the content material!

  • Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your web site and in accession capital to assert that
    I acquire in fact enjoyed account your weblog
    posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I
    fulfillment you get admission to consistently rapidly.

  • Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after looking at a
    few of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m certainly delighted I found
    it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back often!

  • Hi! I understand this is somewhat off-topic but I
    needed to ask. Does building a well-established website like yours require a large amount of
    work? I am completely new to blogging however I do
    write in my diary on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I
    will be able to share my own experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for new aspiring bloggers.
    Appreciate it!

  • I do believe all the ideas you have presented in your post. They are really convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for novices. May you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Enjoying This Day in Automotive History?

How about you buy me a coffee?