Tank Chats #7 British Mark II | The Tank Museum


you this is the mark to tank of 1917 in fact only 50 were built they were built for as training tanks now one of the reasons for that was they’d they built 150 mark one they were building about 2000 mark fort and follow the mark one and they reckoned that they would need tanks to train the eight-man crew so they chose the mark 2 and the mark 3 to do that and built 50 of each they were mostly built by Fosters and by metropolitan in Birmingham now the thing is because of that they were not built of armor although it feels hardly nothing you can attack it if you want to and do any good but there they are recent really bulletproof and they would even a machine gamble it would go right through it if you weren’t careful however they were used once in action the Battle of Arras in April 1917 simply because the new model the mark 4 hadn’t been made ready by then so they had to use these they would just as slow just like the mark 1 really now the only thing is that most of them were supplied as male tanks that’s because some of the females have been made into experimental transmission mounts so although they were built as male tanks this one she’s the only survivor has actually got a female sponsor on the right hand side which at least means that we’ve got one tank with an early First World War female sponson honor they are very rare indeed and the female sponson you can see it here is equipped with two Vickers 303 machine guns each one’s in an armoured jacket and the idea is that those two guns will sweep the whole of one side of the tank of sweep of 180 degrees so they can really whip out the firepower and at reasonable range for the vehicle so they’ll get right down the side of it easily the drawback is that the back of the sponsor and the door which the crew are supposed to get out of is a tiny little thing the problem is that if this tank caught fire which it would do when it was hit because the fuel in 25 gallon petrol tanks was in the front here and the tanks just wrap in flames that nobody’s busy you had to get out quickly and although it wasn’t the only way out it was the usual way out and it meant that four men on each side had to dive through that tiny little door and they very rarely all made it most when silenced and burnt alive because the other way out to the roof was difficult enough anyway so that’s one of the reasons the females weren’t really popular and one of the reasons they changed the design of the female sponson later on but this is the only one left as far as we know complete fitted to a tank so it’s quite interesting from that point of view and we got the identity of the tank we found these numbers letters underneath the paint so we know that at one point it was called f53 Flying Scotsman but then it served that she would C or D companies in France in win’ Atlas much earlier on and the other thing about the mark – only a small detail really the cab is a bit narrower than the old Mark one the idea was to they were going to use wider tracks in Everette she did but that’s why they narrowed the cab a little bit and the cab the arrangement of the rivets natural thing all helped to identify it as a mark – if you can’t see it any other way but it’s quite an interesting tank but it’s not really one of the most significant tanks of the First World War it has the same danger engine and the same clumsy transmission as the mark one but really it’s a it was meant as a training tank that are meant to be used here at Bovington to train drivers and down at lulworth to train gammas and that was all they were not intended to go into action they only did on a couple of occasions and that rather disastrously this one fat got some superb holes in the back made by shells later on they were converted to survivors were converging to supply tanks carrying stores for about five fighting tanks and that was about all they were any good for really but they lasted that form for many years because you could change the engine over easily and keep them updated by that means but most of them were wrecks by the end of 1917 and had to be tensioned off and scrapped but quite interesting all the same and that’s the mark two you you

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