Accession Number : ADA264694


Title :   Overcoming the Battlefield Stalemate: The Introduction of Armored Fighting Vehicles and Tactics in the British Army During the First World War


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : MISSOURI UNIV-COLUMBIA


Personal Author(s) : Cavaleri, David P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264694.pdf


Report Date : May 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 169


Abstract : The introduction of armored mechanized fighting vehicles by the British Army in 1916 signaled a transition in land warfare tactics. Prior to the employment of armored infantry support vehicles during Battle of the Somme in late summer 1916, a soldier's ability to maneuver on the World War I battlefield was limited by a number of factors. These included the trafficability of terrain, the extent of camouflage and protective cover, the distance between starting point and objective, the complexity of obstacles, and the severity of enemy opposition. By the end of 1914 any possibility of large-scale maneuver had succumbed to the 'battlefield stalemate,' the maneuver deadlock resulting from the effective use of the Vickers-Maxim machine gun, the creative emplacement of barbed-wire/trench obstacles, and the increasingly accurate employment of high explosive artillery fire.


Descriptors :   *LAND WARFARE , BATTLEFIELDS , CAMOUFLAGE , MACHINE GUNS , ARMY OPERATIONS , MILITARY TACTICS , ARMORED VEHICLES , ARTILLERY FIRE


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE