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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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Why Tiger 131?

Today Tiger 131 is probably the most famous tank in the world.  Of the six surviving Tiger I’s, it is the only one numbered 131. …

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Action Debut of The A7V

The first action of the German A7V tank, on 21 March 1918, is not very well known from the British side. Probably because most of those in action against them were either killed or captured and very little information reached the British authorities at the time. However we now have a German account to work…

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Savage Rabbits

In early 1918 the Allies awaited a German attack.  Defeating it would be a practical military challenge for the entire British Army, but it also posed a more existential problem for the Tank Corps. …

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The Panzerkompanie

It’s difficult to imagine the impact of a single tank within the Museum. On the battlefield, if a tank was operating alone it was likely something had gone very wrong….

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The Situation in 1918

Looking back from 2018, we know that the First World War ended with an Allied victory in November 1918.  However back then, as 1917 ended and the New Year dawned, the Allies saw their position as perhaps the worst it had been for a long time.  The Germans, on the other hand, had a small…

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What the L

The Tiger I and Tiger II tank were armed with an 88mm gun.  However, if you tried to fire a round for one through the other, it wouldn’t fit.  Why should this be?…

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Tank Numbers

Like all military and civilian vehicles before and since the First World War, British tanks were given unique registration, or serial, numbers. …

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The Legacy of Cambrai

After the Battle of Cambrai, what lessons were learned by both the Allied and German troops? How did the affects of a battle which is seen as a draw influence the last year of the First World War? …

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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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