Families of first world war tank crew commemorate historic battle (France)





Relatives of soldiers who were killed in one of the world's first major tank battles will make a pilgrimage to France this week to celebrate the men's bravery.

Historians have traced families of the crew of the MkIV D51 tank, better known as "Deborah", who died during the battle of Cambrai in the first world war.

Five of its eight crew died during the battle, and the tank itself was abandoned and buried before it was pinpointed by historians beneath a field near the village of Flesquieres and dug out in 1998.

On Friday the families of the five men who died and one who survived will visit the spot to remember the battle and honour the bravery of their forefathers.


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