Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Tanks of WWI?
How Much Do You Know About the Tanks of WWI?
By: John Miller
Image: The Great War

About This Quiz

In 1914, a Serbian political fanatic assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. The killing ignited a firestorm that gathered into World War I, which quickly devolved into industrialized murder. Can you survive no man’s land in our tanks of World War I quiz?

Wielding high-tech killing contraptions, like long-range artillery and machine guns, the Great War’s leaders too often relied on outdated battlefield tactics. Soon, they started digging trenches to protect their troops, and a deadly stalemate descended. They required new technologies to defeat the trenches … and tanks were the answer. Do you know which side designed the first tanks?

Today's tanks are technological marvels, capable of doing everything from calling in artillery to launching satellite-targeted precision munitions. But the tanks of WWI were much simpler beasts.

As the Allies scrambled for answers, they stumbled upon a way of moving tanks across the cratered landscape of the front. Do you know which method they devised?

Initially, tanks weren’t exactly cutting-edge machines. Do you remember which parts of these armored vehicles were particularly challenging to perfect?

From Schneider CAs to Mark IVs, the tanks of World War I crushed barbed wire and altered trench warfare in many ways. Let’s see if you really know the tanks of the Great War in our battle-scarred quiz!

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What phenomenon sparked the development of tanks during World War I?
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What were casualties like at the beginning of the war?
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Trench warfare rendered which type of force obsolete?
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Which country was among the first to develop tanks?
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Early Allied tanks were called _____.
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True or false, in 1914, did the combatants have ANY armored vehicles?
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Ernest Swinton was instrumental in the development of tanks during the war. He was from _____.
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What innovation did Ernest Swinton add to armored vehicles to make them practical for WWI?
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The first tank design with a caterpillar track was called what?
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The war started in 1914. When did the first tanks arrive in battle?
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What was a major problem with the very first tanks?
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The first tanks had a top speed of ____ per hour.
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Which army built more tanks than every other country in the war ... combined?
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The British deployed 32 tanks at the Battle of the Somme. How many of those tanks made it through no man’s land to German lines?
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What was the name of the first British tank to see significant deployment in the war?
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How did the barbed wire of no man’s land affect British Mark I tanks?
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What sort of horsepower did the first tanks have?
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True or false, could Mark I tanks cross trenches 9 feet in width?
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What was the name of the first French tank?
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What was a major design flaw in the French Schneider CA?
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Many tanks were made in "male" and "female" versions. What were the female versions designed to do?
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How many tanks did Germany ultimately deploy during the war?
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The Germans deployed the A7V Sturmpanzerwagen tank, which presented which challenge to its own crews?
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The British deployed many Mark IV tanks at the Battle of Cambrai. How many tanks did they use?
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The French Schneider CA had a strange fuel system. Where where the fuel tanks located?
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How many American-designed tanks entered the war?
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Germany had very few tanks during the war, so how did its troops bolster their supply of armored vehicles?
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True or false, were tanks the deciding factor in the war’s outcome?
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