December 16, 1942

Faced Nazi Invasion in 1940
LONDON, England—British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told the House of Commons yesterday that Britain had only one hundred tanks available in June of 1940. The threat of Nazi invasion was deemed greatest on June 11 of that year, and the scant British armor available at that time had proved ineffective against anti-tank fire during service in France. That type of tank had a thin skin, and German shellfire could easily penetrate it. The prime minister went on to say that on August 11, 1940, a committee was convened to discuss that armor situation, and it decided on an entirely new tank design. This design was put into full-scale production in less than one year with four hundred of the new tanks available by the fall of 1941. Tanks now number in the one to two thousand range, Churchill stated.

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