A Festive Postcard from the Front:
Christmas Greetings Tank Corps 1917
During the First World War, festive greetings were often conveyed from men at the front to their loved ones back home. Postcards were a popular medium in which to transmit them.
This postcard entitled Christmas Greetings 1917 Tank Corps, not only conveys century-old Christmas wishes but notes the perceived success and enthusiasm of the mark IV tank, where a combination of surprise and new equipment had allowed German defences to be penetrated with great effectiveness.
The postcard depicts two mark IV tanks advancing triumphantly and unopposed with a tank crew member tipping his hat to a comrade in a distant tank.
The top right of the postcard displays the Tank Corps regimental crest and beneath it is listed a series of battle honours: Somme, Ancre, Arras, Messines, 3rd Ypres and Cambrai.