[Offprint, 'Reprinted by kind permission of "The Morning Post."'] [on cover:] The True Story of the Tank [drophead title:] A Miscarriage of Justice. | How the Tank was devised. | Lord Kitchener's Foresight.

[Captain Bede John Francis Bentley (1878-1939), Royal Army Service Corps, claimed inventor of the tank; Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener [Lord Kitchener] (1850-1916)]
Publication details: 
On cover: 'Morning Post. [London] | Wednesday, August 9 [1922].' At rear: 'Printed by St. Clements Press, Ltd., Portugal Street, Kingsway, W.C.2.'
SKU: 14363

[2] + 11 + [1]pp., 12mo. Printed in black on cream paper, with the wraps printed in blue in 'Stop Press' style. In very good condition, with minor spotting from staples. Presumably printed up by Bentley himself, and taking the story of his claim to 29 March 1922, the Home Office response to his petition to the king. The text begins: 'When Earl Kitchener called in Captain Bentley, a pioneer of motor transport, to embody in actual design the famous car which became known in the war a a "Tank," he promised that his interests as an inventor would be safeguarded. | From the article which we print below, it will appear that Captain Bentley has been unable to obtain any award in connection with his invention. | Repeated attempts have in vain been made to obtain justice, and his solicitors have been refused the opportunity to proceed by Petition of Right. | Earl Kitchener is dead, but other witnesses remain who can give evidence.' Bentley's claim against the Crown of £300,000 for the invention of the tank was dismissed in the High Court in 1925 (see Times, 25 and 26 November, and 1 December, with two reports of the judgment on 16 December). Scarce: no copies located on either COPAC, WorldCat or in the Imperial War Museum archives.