Wargaming launches free AR/VR app to commemorate 100 years since the first tank entered the Battlefield of WW1

Mark I tank to appear ‘virtually’ in 100 locations across the UK

Tank app available on iOS and Android to locate virtual tank

September 16, 2016 — Wargaming, creators of World of Tanks, today launched a free Augmented and Virtual Reality experience to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first tank blasting onto the battlefields of the Somme in September 1916. The app was developed by Ballista Digital, a leading producer of history based apps for museums.

“History is part of Wargaming’s DNA. We wanted to use all that technology has to offer to give everyone a new way to rediscover history, tanks and facts of WWI. The Tank 100 app will allow you to virtually see the first tank on the battlefield or see a life-size model, the Mark I – or a smaller version pop up on a desk top”, said Markus Schill, General Manager Europe Wargaming.

This app is based around Augmented and Virtual Reality, which gives anyone with an interest in tank gaming or history an amazing opportunity to see a life-sized model of the Mark 1 externally, and view stunning 360-degree virtual reality films of tanks in action.

Wargaming has partnered with The Tank Museum in Bovington to deliver the fascinating history behind the development of the first tanks during WW1, offering a unique opportunity to visit tanks from 100 years ago and visit 100 locations (locations listed below) where the tanks were originally. Sadly, many of the original tank locations have disappeared with modern development such as housing estates or, in one case, a petrol station.

Following the war, the government offered 265 battled tanks to the nation, as an acknowledgment of the successful efforts made by their citizens to procure investments in national War Bonds and War Saving Certificates, in the campaign entitled ‘Feed the Guns’. They toured with six tanks around the country, which became known as Tank Banks. However, not everybody wanted to receive and have a tank, as it signified memories of lives lost on the battlefield.

There is only one actual tank in its original location – Ashford in Kent.  Many of the other tanks were scrapped in the years following the war. For example, Aylesbury Borough Council wanted to dispose of the tank to make more room for a bus station, and sent two workers with blow torches to destroy it. Unfortunately, like many tanks, it still contained fuel and blew up. Whilst the two men luckily survived, lots of damage was caused with part of the city centre destroyed. Later, most of the tanks were scrapped for use in building arms for World War II.

The Tank 100 app will continue to grow over the coming months. Future versions will have additional WW1 and later 20th Century tanks to coincide with key anniversaries. The augmented reality 3D model tanks will also be enhanced to allow users to interact and take control of the tanks themselves. Available on IOS and Android stores, it will be a living app enriched regularly with new content.

Links to the App

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tank-100-world-tanks-in-association/id1118439755?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ballistadigital.tank100

List of tank locations

ENGLAND
Ashton-under-Lyne
Aylesbury
Barnolswick
Barnsley
Barrow in Furness
Basingstoke
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Birmingham
Bishop Auckland
Blackburn
Blackpool
Bolton
Bovington
Brighton Preston Park Run
British Museum
Bury St Edmonds
Canterbury
Carlisle
Cheltenham
Chesterfield
Chichester
Chiswick
Clitheroe
Colchester
Coventry
Dartford
Deal
Derby
Durham
Darlington
Evesham
Exeter
Exmouth
Falmouth
Farningham
Farsley
Faversham
Gloucester
Liverpool
Great Yarmouth
Goole
Grimsby
Halifax
Hythe
Hull
Hinckley
West Hartlepool
Haslingden
Hastings
Hemel Hempstead
Kidderminster
King’s Lynn
Lancaster
Leeds
Leicester
Lincoln
Lowestoft
Luton
Malvern
Manchester
Middlesbrough
Morley
Newark
Newton Abbot
Newcastle under Lyme
Newcastle upon Tyne
Northampton
Oldbury
Oldham
Pontefract
Portsmouth
Reading
Redcar
Rugby
Rushden
Southampton
Southport
Stoke on Trent
Tonbridge
Torquay
Walsall
Warrington
Whitley Bay
Wigan
Worcester
York

WALES
Abergavenny
Cardiff
Carmarthen
Llandudno happy valley road
Merthyr Tydfil
Neath
Pembroke Dock
Penarth
Port Talbot
Swansea

SCOTLAND
Aberdeen
Ayr
Elgin
Glasgow
Paisley

About Matty Mudshovel

Matty “MudShovel” Blaine enjoys anime, gaming, comics, music, movies, and so much more. He likes to let his family, friends, and the members of the WoodShed community know his thoughts on these things, and is the main writer and reviewer of the WoodBangers Entertainment website. All articles written that are reviewed by him are his 100% honest opinion because he doesn’t believe in lying to those who trust him. He wants people to know that if that movie or game that all the critics are saying is great is really just overhypes Hollywood-spew or the real deal, so you don’t waste your money and regret seeing or getting something. Remember, he’s not getting paid to be another yes-man. He is not afraid to tell what he honestly thinks and feels about something. If it is great, there will be no doubt about it; if he doesn’t like it, there will be zero doubt there. All reviews are HIS opinion and his opinion alone. They do not express the thoughts of everyone at WoodBangers, nor is he paid to write his reviews. If you disagree with his opinion and thoughts on something, that is fine, you are allowed to have your own opinion. If you take offense to his opinions, then please feel free to leave because he is not here to make everyone happy. He professionally writes and his reviews can be found on IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Yelp, IGN, Crunchyroll, and many other sites. Also be sure to follow Matty on Steemit

Matty streams live game play on Twitch, talks about products in stream; and spends time with all of the community daily. He writes software, websites, and does server-side setup and securities for tons of companies. He has a ton of projects from writing a manga “KillKoncept.com“, building his YouTube Channel, promoting his local area (Scottsdale AZ), helping with game development, doing press for 15k Game Studios, doing press for 1k major record labels, well… this list just keeps going; what doesn’t Matty do?

Support the Phoenix Children’s Hospital click here


My Local Weather for Riding and Biking

Visit My Website
View All Posts

{"slides_column":"4","slides_scroll":"1","dots":"true","arrows":"true","autoplay":"true","autoplay_interval":"2000","loop":"true","rtl":"false","speed":"1000","center_mode":"false"}