British Light Tanks 1927-1945 Marks I-VI by David Fletcher, Henry Morshead

By David Fletcher, Henry Morshead

This can be a definitive learn of key British tanks from the early a part of the second one international warfare. those kinds observed lively provider with the British Expeditionary strength in France, with British Forces within the Western wasteland and in India. in addition they took half within the campaigns in Norway, Persia and Sumatra in addition to serving with the Garrison of Malta. The German military converted these kind of tanks for his or her personal use, tanks they had captured in France whereas others have been tailored as anti-air craft tanks or equipped with precise flotation units. a few Mark VI sequence mild tanks have been additionally issued to Australia and Canada whereas a touch changed model was once provided in huge numbers to India the place they have been used at the North West Frontier. The e-book additionally examines the Marks that led as much as the VI and chronicles numerous experiments conducted on those tanks, with textual content and illustrations. It ends with insurance of the ultimate version, the MarkVIC and info of the experimental Lloyd airborne mild tank of 1942 which has a couple of positive factors in universal with the better-known Vickers-Armstrongs designs.

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At some stage the Israelis also acquired or captured a Light Tank Mark VIB, which they rearmed with a heavier automatic weapon. However, since it is widely accepted that one cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, that tank, or what remains of it, is now found in the Israeli Armored Corps Memorial and Museum at Latrun. There are, in fact, quite a few surviving Mark VI tanks in different parts of the world, with at least one in Australia, one in Canada, two in the United States and two in Great Britain.

Following their attempted intervention in Norway in 1940 and their equally brave but ultimately pointless excursion to Crete in 1942, they were now destined to become involved in an even more fruitless attempt to save Singapore, in 1942.  William-Powlett, which sailed from Egypt in January 1942. In fact they had reached Sumatra only two days before Singapore surrendered, and by the time they had unloaded their tanks and prepared them for action they were ordered to sail with them again for Java.

Meanwhile the two regiments of 1st Army Tank Brigade, 4th and 7th Royal Tank Regiments, equipped mostly with Matilda infantry tanks, also operated about a dozen Light Tanks Mark VIB between them, which were used as headquarters and liaison vehicles. Second-Lieutenant Peter Vaux of 4th RTR has an amusing and telling story to tell of his experience during the battle of Arras on 21 May 1940: A Light Tank Mark VIB from an unidentified regiment is seen crossing a temporary trench bridge. It sports the white–red– white national recognition sign in use at that time, on the front sandguard and on the side of the turret.

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