Tanks Used For The First Time In Battle- World War I- Battle Of The Somme

British Mark I male tank Somme 25 September 1916.jpg

On this day in 1916 Tanks were used for the first time, by the British in the Battle of the Somme. The tank was developed to be able to cross trenches,  resist small arms fire, travel over difficult terrain, carry supplies and to capture fortified enemy positions.