Mark V

Although similar in appearance to earlier models the Mark V was a much better tank, more powerful and easier to drive.

It was equipped with the new Ricardo six-cylinder engine and Wilson’s epicyclic steering system which meant that one man could handle all the controls, compared with four in the Mark IV.

Among the new features was a rear cab for the commander, complete with signalling apparatus and a rear machine-gun position. Our exhibit also carries an unditching beam, which was first introduced in the Mark IV. This would be used if the tank got stuck in mud – chained to the tracks it was drawn under the tank and gave it something solid to grip.

The Tank Museum’s Mark V

This Mark V is shown in the Markings of 8th (H) Battalion (No. H41), Tank Corps at the time of the Battle of Amiens (8 August 1918). Commanded by a young officer named Whittenbury this actual tank took part in the battle and its young commander was awarded the Military Cross.

It was issued to 8 Bn TC in July 1918 (the first Bn to receive Mark V), in 5 Tank Bde between 8 August and 11 November 1918 as part of last British offensive, 29 September at Bellincourt (France). The tank was grazed by a field gun shell on the left front horn which broke a track. Lt. T.R. Harding was in command. In 1921 went to 4 Bn Tank Corps, returned to Bovington in 1925 and was used for demonstration.

Tank facts

Full Name
Mark V (Male)
Country of use
Britain
Produced by
Britain
Era
WW1
Number produced
400
Main Utility Type
Heavy
Main Weapon
2 x 6 pounder 6 cwt QF guns
Crew
8
Weight
29 tons
Speed
5
Armour
16 mm
Location
Tank Men

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