Tritton’s tank design troubles revealed

Engineer and co-inventor of the tank, Sir William Tritton

The Tank Museum has acquired new documents revealing how a man credited with the co-invention of the tank became frustrated with wartime bureaucracy.

The trove of documents relate to the design and development of the Mark I tank and it contains hundreds of pages of documents, illustrations and correspondence once belonging to agricultural engineer Sir William Tritton, who, alongside Major Walter Wilson, is regarded as the inventor of the tank.

The Dorset-based attraction is to work through the papers to record and catalogue the information within, but “a few gems have already been discovered”, it reports.

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