New York State Archives, NYSA_A3166-78_B1_F18_CanadianTank
Canadian tank pictured at Arras, France on May 31, 1918.
Why do you think these tanks held strategic battelfield advantages?
What else could these tanks have been used for?
Why have tanks been so effective in wars since WWI?
What do you imagine it would be like to be a soldier inside one of these early tanks? Would you feel invincible and safe knowing that the thick metal hull would provide good protection? Would you be worried about it breaking down and becoming a better target for heavy artillery? What do you think this experience would be like?
Technology: How similar are the tanks of today to the first generation Mark I tanks? What parts have they kept, and which parts have they improved on? Research and compare these two types of military vehicles.
Math: Research the number of tanks that were used by both sides in the war. Break the number down by how many were destroyed, how many broke down and how many made it through the war.
Danzer, G.A., et. al. The Americans. McDougall Littell, 2000.