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
List of tank locations
Barrow in Furness
Brighton Preston Park Run
Bury St Edmonds
Newcastle under Lyme
Newcastle upon Tyne
Stoke on Trent
Llandudno happy valley road
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