Wednesday, 14 March 2012

WW1 German Panzers part 2

The British mark 1 Tank first appeared at the Somme in September 1916 they broke through German lines near Flers in very small numbers. They Broke down a lot and had difficulty crossing trenches and shell holes. This made Germans more aware of using a track type vehicle. Some modest programme was underway by the  German Army Technical Communications Testing Committee.
(The German version of the Landship committee,) Frederich Gobel designed a wheel-less/Rail-less which wasn't a tracked vehicle but a mechanized with six sets of feet. But war broke and Gobel ended up in uniform. In 1915 Goble adapted his vehicle as an armored land cruiser he was allotted 50.000 marks to build an example. it was demonstrated in 1916 it broke down and the German army withdrew its support

                                            Early picture of Gobel designs

                                             Panzerkruezer2  (Gobel)

After the Germans first encounter the British Tanks the Oberste Heeres-leiung (OHL Supreme Army Command) Began to press the Prussian war Ministry for a German Tank.