Tank Corps, British Army

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Tank Corps, British Army
Years active: March 1916 –
Country: United Kingdom
Service: British Army
Branch: Regular Army (British Army)
Type: Armoured
Specific type: Corps (administrative)
Full size: none
Sources for overview:
Created: March 1916. Formed as a branch of the Machine Gun Corps.
Sources for created: [1]
Name1: Machine Gun Corps (Heavy)
Name1 Start: 14 July 1916
Name1 End: 27 July 1917
Reason for change: Split from Machine Gun Corps and made a corps in its own right by Royal Warrant.
Sources for name1: [2]
Name2: Tank Corps
Name2 Start: 27 July 1917
Name2 End: 18 October 1923
Reason for change: Granted royal title.
Sources for name2: [3]
Name3: Royal Tank Corps
Name3 Start: 18 October 1923
Name3 End:
Reason for change:
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Alternate names: TC, RTC
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Record Office

This administrative corps had its own record office which is represented here, not on a separate page.

Location: London
Letter code: TANKS

Personal narratives

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Official Sources

Unit war diaries

None. Administrative organisations did not keep war diaries because they had no operational role.

See descendant unit pages for their war diaries.

Unit histories

Other official documents

Other sources


  1. Chris Baker, The Long, Long Trail: Tank Corps in the First World War; Army Order number 253 (1916)
  2. The Army Orders seem to use 'Heavy Branch' and 'Heavy Section' interchangeably. Army Order number 239 (1917) used 'Machine Gun Corps (Heavy Branch)' but Army Order number 240 (1917) used 'Machine Gun Corps Heavy Section'. Army Order number 253 (1916) already referred to it as 'Machine-Gun Corps (Heavy)' alongside the Infantry, Cavalry and Motors, which had already been described as branches in Army Order number 414 (1915).
  3. Army Order number 239 (1917)