By David Fletcher
Among the 1st ever industrially produced tanks in heritage, the British Mk IV has been categorised as essentially the most profitable heavy tanks to have fought in global battle I.
Mechanically just like its predecessors, the Mark IV embodied a number of advancements, steered via adventure with prior editions, together with greater armour, better guns and more straightforward transportation.
It proved its worthy on the landmark conflict of Cambrai in November 1917, whilst 460 Mark IVs have been deployed for the 1st time opposed to the enemy with nice influence. Arguably altering the character of warfare at the Western entrance, the Mark IV used to be one of many first automobiles on the earth to partake in a tank duel while, in 1918, it met the German A7V in combat.
Drawing on a wealth of formerly unpublished pictures and new details on its operational skills, this attention-grabbing exploration of the British Mk IV comprises distinctive descriptions of the tank and its variations, akin to the mine-clearing tank, the Tadpole tail equipment, and the tank created for towing airships, to accomplish the image of this significant motor vehicle and its deployment at the Western entrance.
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Dora's fate is not clear. The name does not appear in any subsequent battalion records so it may well be that the tank was renamed at some point. One trustworthy source suggests that Dora carried the number 101 and served with Battalion 11 and may later have been rechristened Lotte and issued to Battalion 14. The T-gewehr anti-tank rifle was primarily an infantry weapon but some were carried in tanks. 4m (100 yards). F1: MARK IV (MALE) TANK EXCELLENT, WHALE ISLAND, PORTSMOUTH, 1940 In addition to those tanks donated to municipalities around Britain as a reward for fund raising, some were supplied to establishments that had assisted with the development of tanks and the Tank Corps.
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N on Mark IV tanks in the salvage role. h y were parti ularly u eful in work hops, but Bovington \ nt on b tt r and mounted a rna iv , g ar-op rat d winch on the back of one Mark IV uppl tank, which wa vid ntly used on a re ular basis around the work hops toward th nd of th war. In an in r asingly t chnologi al war the COl ept of cooperation b tween aircraft and tank wa explored. ) Tanks carried an id ntifi ation numb r painted on top of the ab for r porting purp ,but any dire t communication with aircraft wa hampered by th poor vi ibility from in ide th tank and the ngin noi .