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Moline, Illinois 61265
Bring your lunch and discover the fascinating and largely unknown story of tank development at Rock Island Arsenal from Rock Island Arsenal Museum researcher and volunteer Robert Foster as he reviews the Arsenal's engagement in the early development of tanks.
The United States Army entered into World War I in 1917 with no “tanks”. During the war, the US Army relied on tanks provided by our British and French Allies. In coordination with the British, the first ever “international” tank was designed, and manufacturing was started in 1918. The war ended before any of the Mark VIII tanks saw combat. In 1919, Rock Island Arsenal assembled 100 Mark VIII tanks to be used by the US Tank Corps. The Arsenal remained involved in the development and the low scale manufacturing of tanks from the 1920s to 1940s.
All visitors to the Arsenal will need to obtain a visitor's pass at the Visitor Control Center adjacent to the Moline Gate (23 Prospect Drive, 61265)