The British Mark I Tank
Battle of the Somme
WW I. Battle of the Somme. I remember reading about this and story behind how tanks were conceived at the start of the 20th century. Two BIG names, one on each side of the Atlantic, were involved: dear Winston Churchill and George S. Patton (who was the junior officer at the time). There was a fair amount of opposition to tanks at the start. They were thought to be UNGALLANT! An affront to the chivalry of the mounted cavalry — Patton having started his career in the 15th Cavalry.
The early tanks, as were to be expected, were not that successful. But they literally paved the way to the super tanks we have today — though I am fairly convinced that the days of the tanks are long gone. Yes, they were used in the Gulf, but that was a decade ago.