Until late 1942 the German Army defeated all its opponents with apparent ease thanks to the use of properly integrated combined arms led by armoured (Panzer in German) divisions supported by airpower. Tanks played a key role in this success. However, Britain had put into action the first tank in 1916 and remained the leading nation in armoured warfare development until the early 1930s. This included in the late 1920s the first successful command of an experimental tank brigade using the new radio / wireless communication. Yet it was the Germans who took forward the development of armoured warfare with such success between 1939 and 1942. The reasons for the British failure until late 1942 will be examined by looking at the career of Major General Sir Percy ‘Hobo’ and British armoured operations between 1939 to mid-1942.