Close Combat in World War I
Ultimately, hand to hand combat, although brutal and ferocious, was not what had the ability to take the trenches. Once the tank came on the battlefield, it quickly rolled over enemy trenches without anyone able to stop it. Ironically, considering tanks helped win the war on the Western Front, most countries invested very little in the production and advancement of tanks. It wasn’t until Hitler unleashed his panzer army in World War II that the true potential of the tank was realized.
by Alex Smith, MRL staff writer