Tank Action in the Great War B Battalion Experiences 1917' by I Verrinder. A rare collection of first hand accounts of tank warfare on the western front at Messines, Passchendaele and Cambrai, supported by a range of previously unseen photos of tanks and their crews training and in action.The first hand experiences of the early tank pioneers in the Great War are a rarity. Harry Moon and eight fellow members of the Royal Sussex Regiment all volunteered to transfer to B Battalion, of the Heavy Branch, Machine Gun Corps in January 1917, (later the Tank Corps) to serve in the revolutionary Mk IV Tanks. After describing Moon's training and fighting on the Somme with the Royal Sussex, the book provides a unique description of the experiences of a tank crewman on the Western Front. Moon's first tank action was at Messines in June 1917, a rare unqualified British success on the Western Front thanks to the simultaneous detonation of a score of giant mines. The 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) followed in July 1917. A full and thrilling account of the mass use of armour at Cambrai in November follows Harry's descriptions of trials of fascines (bundles of wood to enable the tanks to roil over trenches) and barbed wire clearing equipment. At Cambrai the Battalion successfully achieved their first, second and third objectives and celebrated with a white table cloth lunch on the Hindenburg Line! Tragically disaster was to follow at the attack on Fontaine-Notre-Dame on 23 November where there were 70% casualties. Using personal accounts, like Harry's Battle History reports and the Battalion War Diary, this is a superb account of the early use of armour and the hideous dangers and discomforts for the crews. The text is supported by an array of exceptionally rare contemporary photographs of tank trials and combat casualties. A prime source for Tank Corps research ! Don't miss this one !