Just before dawn on the 15 September 1916, tanks went into battle for the very first time. They were developed with such secrecy that the tanks came as much of a surprise to the British troops as the Germans.

Although their military impact was minor, on the home front it was enormous; the press were quick to herald the tank as a new ‘wonder’ weapon which promised to undo the misery of the Somme.

This clip is from:
Bitesize Secondary, History
First broadcast:
11 January 2008

Using photographs, battle statistics and newspapers reports, students could be asked to consider the real impact tanks had in the First World War. The clip could also be used to inspire a piece of creative writing about the experiences of a tank operator.