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“The Long Hard Road to Victory: the Tank Corps 1918”

An Evening Talk by Geoffrey Vesey Holt

Thursday 30th January 2020

6.15pm In The Kincaid Gallery, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum.

The development of tanks in World War I was a response to the stalemate that had developed on the Western Front.  The first battle in which tanks made a great impact was the Battle of Cambrai in 1917.  They made an unprecedented breakthrough but, ….as ever on the Western front, the opportunity was not exploited.  Ironically, it was the soon-to-be-supplanted horse cavalry that had been assigned the task of following up the motorised tank attack.  In July 1918, the French used 480 tanks at the Battle of Soissons, and there were even larger assaults planned for the next year.  In Plan 1919 it was proposed to commit over 30,000 tanks to battle in that year.


Geoffrey  Vesey Holt was a regular officer in the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) and a graduate of Durham University in Modern History and of the French Staff College.  He served in 1RTR and then specialised in the Weapons Acquisition Stream and, not surprisingly, the acquisition of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV’s). He is currently working on the RTR’s commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 (the first tanks were used in 1916 and first tank to tank action was in 1918).  He is writing a two volume history of the Tank Corps covering 1918, running pro bono battlefield tours and giving lectures.

Tickets for the talk, including a glass of wine plus canapes cost £20.00 per person (£17.50 for Friends of the Museum).  Tickets must be booked in advance through the Museum Curator at:

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TS

Tel: 01962 828549

Email: curator@rgjmuseum.co.uk