From the Vault: German tanks of World War I

Today we present an article from the 1923 July-August edition of the Journal of the Army Ordnance Association on German Tanks.  Authored by R. Kruger, this six page article gives a fairly detailed technical description of the tanks designed by Imperial Germany during the war.  In particular, the heavy A7V is examined as well as the A7V -U and the Light LK I  and LK II tanks.  On the final page of the article is a short piece on “Who invented the tank?”  In this piece, it is pointed out that while the British were the first to use tanks in combat, the first patent issued for a tracked fighting machine was given to Gunther Burstyn of Austria in 1912.

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