In late November the Royal Tank Regiment will mark 100 years since the first large scale tank action with special events taking place in London and Cambrai in Northern France. The Battle of Cambrai in 1917 changed the history of warfare forever with the first large-scale use of tanks in battle.
The Royal Tank Regiment, started out as a top secret band of trades from all walks of life, who were brought together in the Tank Corps to break the stalemate of trench warfare. They soon evolved into a unit which revolutionised combat and has deployed on all major conflicts over the last 100 years.
To mark 100 years since the battle, the Royal Tank Regiment, distinctive by their black berets, belts, boots and coveralls will hold the following commemorative events:
- Sunday 19th November : London – March to the Cenotaph (including a Mk IV replica First World War tank).
- Friday 24th November: France – Traditional Drumhead Service, CWGC Louverval.
- Saturday 25th November: France – Cambrai Town War Memorial Ceremony and D51 “Deborah” Museum Opening
- Sunday 26th November: France – Freedom of Cambrai Parade
Commenting on the commemoration plans, The Chief of the General Staff, Sir Nicholas Carter said: “The Battle of Cambrai marked a significant moment in the evolution of armoured warfare and The Royal Tank Regiment are rightly proud of what they achieved in the battle 100 years ago. The tactics and technology employed at Cambrai were in many ways the proving ground for the hugely successful integration of infantry, armour, artillery and air power that led to the decisive combined arms manoeuvre in the last 100 days of the war in 1918. Just as they did 100 years ago, the tanks of the British Army remain a vital capability on today’s battlefields.”