The Greatest World War 1 Tanks  

Mike Rothschild
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List Rules Vote up the best tanks used in WWI.

World War 1 tanks were the first in history, great machines armed with cannons and machine guns, and designed to plow through barbed wire and trenches. The British realized that they'd need new technology to break the stalemate, and began the "Landship Project" to develop the equivalent of a ship to operate on land. They deployed the first tank, the Mark I, in September, 1916, and the world was forever changed.

In practice, tanks of the First World War didn't work exactly the way they were meant to, with the machines being slow, prone to breakdowns, and most importantly, often deadly to their crews. Armored commanders didn't understand how best to deploy them, and those Mark I's were used piecemeal, giving Germany time to adapt, develop tank-killing weapons, and eventually their own tanks.

By the time the war ended, thousands of tanks had been built, and both sides were developing faster and heavier models that would have been instrumental in breaking the stalemate on the Western Front.

Here's your chance to rank the most powerful and important WW1 tanks.

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Renault FT (American)
Renault FT (American) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest World War 1 Tanks
Photo: Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
The United States didn't have advanced equipment when it entered the war, so US troops relied on Allied tanks. Multiple American battalions used the Renault FT, and an American-made copy, the M1917 light tank, was in production when the war ended.
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Mark I
Mark I is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest World War 1 Tanks
Photo: British Government Photographer/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
The first tank ever used in battle, the British Mark I saw action at the Battle of the Somme in September, 1916. They came in two types: "male," armed with three cannons and two machine guns, and "female," armed with five machine guns.
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A7V is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest World War 1 Tanks
Photo: baku13/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0
Monster German heavy tank. Only 20 were built, but they proved to be fearsome in combat and extremely hard to knock out.
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Beutepanzerwagen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest World War 1 Tanks
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As Germany was late to adopting tanks, they relied mostly on captured British tanks for combat, especially the Mark IV. About 40 captured Mark IV's were renamed beutepanzerwagen, German for "loot tank."
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