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Valentine: What’s in a name?

No other tank bears such an un-war like name as The Valentine.  But despite its somewhat ironic nomenclature, the Valentine Infantry Tank was an inspired, if not risky development….

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Tanks at Flers

The Battle of the Somme commenced with a vast British attack on 1 July 1916. On that first day of battle, the bloodiest in the history of the British Army, there were over 57,000 British casualties….

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Building the Tiger Tank

Tank construction has always been a labour intensive, expensive process. The need to increase manufacturing during the Second World War saw existing factories adapt for the job….

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Building the Mark IV

While historians mainly concentrate on tanks in battle, building armoured vehicles is equally fascinating. Learn how the most produced tank of the First World War was made….

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Zimmerit and why

You may notice that the exterior of the Jagdtiger and Production Tiger II have an unusual texture. This is Zimmerit – a protective layer to decrease the magnetic properties of the tank’s armour….

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Mark V

On the 18th January 1918 the first Mark V tank was driven out of the Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon and Finance Company factory in Birmingham.  Just 10 weeks later in early April 8th Battalion Tank Corps began training with the new tank at Humieres.  It was a significant step forward from their old Mark IVs….

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Tiger Wheels

One of the most distinctive features of the Tiger family is the interleaved and overlapping road wheels….

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