This ebook edition has been proofed and corrected for errors and compiled to be read with without errors The Land Ironclads originally appeared in the December 1903 issue of the Strand Magazine and set in a war similar to the First World War The Ironclads are 100 foot long 30 m machines with remote controlled guns and accommodation for 42 soldiers, including 7 offiThis ebook edition has been proofed and corrected for errors and compiled to be read with without errors The Land Ironclads originally appeared in the December 1903 issue of the Strand Magazine and set in a war similar to the First World War The Ironclads are 100 foot long 30 m machines with remote controlled guns and accommodation for 42 soldiers, including 7 officers.The story is one of those responsible for Wells reputation as a prophet of the future , as the eponymous machines seem to anticipate the tanks of World War I His rather sketchy battle between countrymen and townsmen also carries echoes of the Boer War and his 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, which also features a struggle between technologically uneven protagonists The story opens with a war correspondent and a young lieutenant surveying the calm of the battlefield and reflecting upon the war The two opposing sides are dug into trenches, each waiting for the other to attack, and the men on the war correspondent s side are confident in their coming victory They believe that they will win because they are all strong outdoor types men who know how to use a rifle and fight while their enemies are towns people a crowd of devitalized townsmen They re clerks, they re factory hands, they re students, they re civilized men They can write, they can talk, they can make and do all sorts of things, but they re poor amateurs at war The men agree that their o
The Land Ironclads This ebook edition has been proofed and corrected for errors and compiled to be read with without errors The Land Ironclads originally appeared in the December issue of the Strand Magazine and se
On first listening, I was sure this was an alternate history WW1 story, given the use of tanks and the general focus on the horrors of war, but it turns out this precedes WW1 by a decade It s pretty fascinating, knowing that.A battle is about to be waged between a warrior group and a town of inventors and scientists The warriors are certain they shall prevail, given their experience, but soon come up against the ironclads Wells gives a fairly gore free depiction of this decisive battle, and must [...]
The source of much controversy in the the early 20th century, as Wells describes, what is essentially a fairly intriguing idea for the tank, which Winston Churchill apparently later attributed to him The story however is really about the battle that rages between the best people and the best equipped, which science and technology triumphing although to some degree at the expense of humanity There are some great reflections on the never ending battle with the evolution of technology and its impli [...]
Interesting, and famously prophetic story about the development of Land Ironclads land based Battleships, or what we would now think of as a kind of gigantic Tank The story is exciting, and historically interesting but suffers from appallingly disconcerting racist language and imagery in place s.
H G Wells predicts the 20th century again, though his land ironclads 80 to 100 feet long, carried on rotating feet and armed with remote controlled rifles are closer to the Nazis proposed Landkreuzer or his own tripods than anything ever actually realised Still, he s a terrific writer and you can t deny the eerie prescience of his tale.
Clear and prophetic, but not enormously gripping.
Interesting prediction of how the technological advances of WWI would change warfare Entertaining mention of cycle soldiers.
Just H.G Wells predicting 20th century technological advances with surprising accuracy.