102 Years ago this week, the world was witnessing the official cessation of one of the bloodiest wars in history. The first world war stole peoples livelihoods, homes, fathers, husbands, sons and brothers – to name but a few – and this is why we will always remember the heroes that fought so gallantly to save our country and its heritage.

Even though it lasted only 4 years, 3 months and 1 week, 8 million troops lost their lives and 21 million troops were wounded. 58,000 British soldiers were lost on the first day at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, making it one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the First World War. The sacrifices that these soldiers made should be held in the highest regard, along with the selfless families that supported their loved ones in their heroic efforts to fight for our country’s freedom, at the risk of losing them to the Great War.

Although the First World War was among one of the most horrific times in history, it also bought with it some important advances in technology and engineering. The diesel engine was quickly recognised as imperative to running the submarines, some aircraft and later on the tank. By World War 2, the diesel engine became the predominant power plant for military equipment on the ground and sea. It was only after World War One that Rudolf Diesel’s invention began to realise its commercial potential. The first diesel-powered trucks appeared in the 1920s, trains in the 1930s. By 1939 a quarter of global sea trade was fuelled by diesel.

Today, the market for diesel engines has only increased, and most machinery in many industry sectors would have a diesel engine. At industrial engines we cater for all your needs and are passionate about minimising downtime for our customers.