14-18 Langres

at war


The American School of Tanks.

On 10th November 1917, Captain Georges Patton set up the school of tanks in Bourg. Until then, armoured vehicles hadn’t demonstrated any relevant effectiveness in the conflict and their usage was sporadic. Convinced of the effectiveness of tanks for supporting infantry, Patton based his training on this strategy. Unfortunately, the tanks were made in small quantities and were delayed in arriving in Bourg for the training. However, on 22nd February 1918, 200 men were trained and joined the front. The use of tanks contributed considerably to the Allies’ victory.

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