Birth of the Tanks DVD
The story of the first tanks

Military Historian and author Richard Pullen, whose grandfather worked on the world’s first tanks in Lincoln in WW1, leads viewers on a Centenary tour of sites associated with William Foster and Co. Along the way, Richard explains how this engineering company with a heritage in farm machinery became the unlikely inventors of the tank and scored a world first.

Birth of the Tanks is sponsored by World of Tanks and the DVD box contains £10 worth of bonus cards for WOT players. The programme has been commended by the Curator and staff of the Bovington Tank Museum.

The 40 minute documentary - part of a 95 minute wholly WW1 DVD – explains why, early in 1915 with the opposing armies already entrenched, military minds dreamed of a machine that could break the deadlock. The Admiralty’s newly-formed Landships Committee found practical and inventive help in Lincoln.

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Richard explains how Fosters and their innovative MD William Tritton evolved from making farm machinery to creating tanks - and how Major Walter Wilson, seconded by the Landships Committee, played an essential role as co-inventor. At a later stage munitionettes augmented the male workforce and played a vital role too.

The documentary draws on film and still images from the period, treasured local collections and family memories. It includes film of the Lincoln tanks in 1918 discovered by Andrew Blow who investigated material originally passed to his late uncle, Ron Blow, in the 1950s.

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This DVD also included “My Old Man Flew Harry Tates (RE8s)” - the remarkable WW1 story of soldier, pilot and flying instructor Dennis “Jimmy” Glover, who went from the trenches to the skies above. Told by his son Rob, an ex-RAF pilot, who has kindly allowed access to the Capt D.S. Glover collection of WW1 images.

For details of Andrew Blow and Richard Pullen's Tank Tour Lecture and Film Show please go to and Events

"The film makes me want to visit Lincoln and learn more about the birth place of tanks. It contained photos and videos that I have never seen before!" – staff member, Bovington Tank Museum, to Curator David Willey.

“Congratulations on the product and all the very best.” - David Willey