One hundred years ago, the world was at war and it had become a war that neither side could win. The barbed wire and trenches had created a stalemate and both sides were desperately searching for a machine which could break the trenches and give them back their lost mobility.
The answer to the deadlock of the Great War was the tank – and the first ever tank was invented by a small agricultural engineering company in Lincoln.
The new machine, invented by William Foster and Co Ltd, was first used in September 1916 and by 1918 had become an indispensable part of the army.
It would go on to help break the German defences and bring an end to the war. To mark this centenary, an illustrated lecture and film show will tell the story of this novel Lincoln invention and how it evolved during the war.
Richard Pullen and Andrew Blow‘s ‘Tank Tour’ will explain the background to the tank story and the county’s role in creating it.
Richard Pullen is a military historian and author, whose own grandfather worked on the production of the first tanks at Foster and Co during WW1. “The story of the first tanks is a real Lincolnshire saga.
On Monday 29th Richard came in to Studio 1 to talk to Dave Holmes about The Tank Tour, below are the tour dates and venues
TANK TOUR DATES
All £5 entry, all 7.30pm start
March 2nd, Lincoln City FC Travis Perkins Suite (South Park stand). Tickets from City FC office or from 01522 754901
March 11th, Hammond Hall, Bassingham. Tickets from village Post Office or from 01522 754901.
April 6th, Town Hall, Wragby. Tickets from village Post Office or Victor Nash of Wragby Heritage Group 01673 858530
April 25th, Town Hall, Kirton in Lindsey. Tickets from Mary Hollingsworth of Kirton in Lindsey Society 01652 648435.
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