Cream cotton twill 'Starting Tape' used to guide British tanks during Hindenburg Line attack : British Army

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Aisne
Accession Number REL/02097
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Sinai Palestine 1918: Final Battles
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Roll of 35mm wide, cream coloured twill, 'Starting Tape' with 5mm wide central black band. The tape is in two lengths, 1710mm and 14100mm. The tape has extensive staining from ingrained mud, and some minor holes.

History / Summary

This starting tape was used to guide tanks in an attack on the Hindenburg Line in 1918. It would have been tied to barbed wire pickets screwed into the ground and used to marshall and direct tank crews in low light conditions, amidst the lack of identifiable landmarks on the battlefield. The black band distinguishes it from tape used by the Infantry, which was plain white or cream.