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After the end of the First World War, many British towns received gifts from the National War Savings Committee as recognition for the community’s efforts in fundraising. These gifts were unusual—decommissioned tanks.

Tanks were first rolled out in 1916, during the First World War. Almost immediately they caught the public’s imagination. People were fascinated by this new piece of military hardware. Its robust construction and seemingly impenetrable armor gave them a feeling of invincibility. The National War Savings Committee took advantage of this new sense of pride and put six tanks in a country-wide tour selling war bonds. Each tank would spend a week in a town or city, a girl would sit inside the tank and sell war bonds through the opened hatch—which was located on the side of the hull, unlike modern tanks where the entrance hatch is located on the top.

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Mark VI Female tank in Ashford, Kent. Photo credit: Peter Trimming/Wikimedia


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