British Mark IV Tank by David Fletcher, Tony Bryan

By David Fletcher, Tony Bryan

British Mark IV Tank КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ British Mark IV Tank (New leading edge 133)ByDavid Fletcher, Tony BryanPublisher:Os Publishing2007 48PagesISBN: 184603082XPDF36 MBAmongst the 1st ever industrially produced tanks in historical past, the British Mk IV has been categorised as some of the most winning heavy tanks to have fought in global battle I. It proved its worthy on the landmark conflict of Cambrai in November 1917, while 460 Mark IVs have been deployed for the 1st time opposed to the enemy with nice influence. Arguably altering the character of struggle at the Western entrance, the Mark IV used to be one of many first automobiles on the planet to partake in a tank duel while, in 1918, it met the German A7V in strive against. Drawing on a wealth of formerly unpublished pictures and new info on its operational skills, this attention-grabbing exploration of the British Mk IV tank offers a close account of this significant car, its versions, and its deployment at the battlefields of the nice battle. sharingmatrix eighty five

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Historically, this first tank-versus-tank fight is a significant although pyrrhic victory. Biltz abandoned his tank but later managed to retrieve it and withdraw some distance before it seized up. Frank Mitchell stayed in command of the field but his tank was soon hit by German artillery, disabled and abandoned. By the summer of 1918 the majority of battalions had re-equipped with the new Mark V tank or were training to do so. Thus when the great battle of Amiens opened on 8 August the only Mark Ns to be seen would have been supply tanks.

O. Bentley. Although the improved performance was welcome it could damage the gears if used violently in fighting tanks. It was thus more suited to the steady driving of supply tanks, despite the fact that they were often well laden and even towing supply sledges. This typical example is finished in the inevitable khaki brown, relieved by the name at the front and the word SUPPLY, in bold white letters on the sides of the special sponsons. Photographs show some tanks with the word BAGGAGE here instead, but there is no obvious explanation.

Serving at Whale Island at this time SubLt Menhinnick, RN, looked over an old male tank and wondered if it might not be put back into working order for local defence. Missing parts were taken from another Mark IV then located on Southsea Common and the old machine was soon running again. A special cupola with a machine gun for anti-aircraft use was added on top of the hull and the tank repainted in contemporary military colours. On one occasion it ventured across to the mainland, using the causeway that is exposed at low tide, and here, according to legend, it collided with a private car and further use was banned.

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