Deborah D51 is a British tank which took part in the Battle of Cambrai in 1917 – the first successful massed tank attack in history. After the war she was buried on the battlefield, and 80 years later she rose from the grave and is now preserved as a static, but moving memorial to the First World War. Another tank with the same number D51, and probably the same name, took part in the Battle of Passchendaele in August 1917.
Deborah and the War of the Tanks is a new book which tells the story of both tanks and their crews. It uses unpublished eyewitness reports, personal letters, and secret British and German documents to present a vivid account of the early days of tank warfare.
The rest of the site contains background information about the Tank Corps and its battles. There are also two extra chapters which do not appear in the book but can be read here to give a sample of its contents.
This website provides more information for readers of the book, and for anyone with an interest in the Tank Corps during the Great War. If you are reading Deborah and the War of the Tanks, please visit the Readers' Area. This will guide you through the contents of the website without giving away Deborah’s dramatic story.
Deborah D51 was discovered by Philippe Gorczynski, and the official website of the Tank of Flesquières is here.
If you would like to visit Deborah, please contact Philippe at the Hotel Beatus in Cambrai – an ideal base for exploring the area.
This website is created and maintained by Mike and Lucie Tipping, the great-grandson and great-great granddaughter of one of Deborah’s crewmen, Gunner Fred Tipping, who run Chameleon Design and Print.