In September 1916, amongst the carnage of the 4½-month Battle of the Somme, the tank saw active combat for the first time. Ultimately, these strange, new-fangled inventions would break the stalemate of the trenches, help bring victory for the Allies – and change military tactics forever.To celebrate their pivotal role in The Great War, Danbury Mint is proud to present this exclusive bronzed sculpture.
- Our craftsmen have successfully captured every detail of the tank including the caterpillar tracks, the sponsons extending from the sides, the five machine-guns, and the steering tail at the rear which makes the tank so distinguishable from later versions.
- The tank crosses the barren, cratered terrain of no-man's land, crushing the barbed wire and demolishing the walls of the German trench.
- A genuine wartime penny from 1916, the year the tank first saw action. It features George V on the obverse and Britannia on the reverse.
- An exclusive commemorative medal. In raised relief on the front, the rhomboid-shaped tank crashes over the German trenches. The reverse features the words of Bert Chaney, a signaller with the 7th London Territorial Battalion, as he reacted to seeing the tank for the first time.
- A specially-crafted rectangular wooden base.