By David Fletcher, Henry Morshead
It is a definitive examine of key British tanks from the early a part of the second one international conflict. those varieties observed lively carrier 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 changed a majority of these tanks for his or her personal use, tanks they'd captured in France whereas others have been tailored as anti-air craft tanks or equipped with targeted flotation units. a few Mark VI sequence mild tanks have been additionally issued to Australia and Canada whereas a marginally changed model used to be 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 a variety of experiments conducted on those tanks, with textual content and illustrations. It ends with insurance of the ultimate version, the MarkVIC and information of the experimental Lloyd airborne gentle tank of 1942 which has a few positive factors in universal with the better-known Vickers-Armstrongs designs.
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C. S. 39 Hong Kong 22 Horstmann 6 hull 5, 6, 12, 14–15 India 4, 6–7, 11, 15, 22–23 Iran 4, 23 Iraq 22, 23 Irish Guards: 1st Battalion 34 Israel 47 Italy 41–43 Japan 4, 22, 45 Java 4, 44–45 John Fowler & Co 22 Kenya 14 L4E1 tank 17–18 Light Tank Mark I 5, 6–7, 9 (8) Light Tank Mark II 7–8, 9 (8), 10–11, 12 Light Tank Mark III 12, 13 (12), 14, 39, 41 Light Tank Mark IV 13 (12), 14–15 Light Tank Mark V 16–17, 18, 19, 21 (20), 27 Light Tank Mark VI 4, 18–20, 21 (20), 22–23, 24–25 (24), 26–28, 29 (28); and Cyprus 43–44; and Egypt 39–40, 47; and Eritrea 42–43; and France 30–32, 33 (32), 34–36, 38; and Greece 43; and Java 44–45; and Western Desert 37 (36), 41–42 Light Tank Mark VII (Tetrarch) 28, 46 Loyd, Vivian 45, 46 Lulworth 6, 27 Maginot Line 31 Maktila 41–42 Malaya 4 Malta 4, 43 Marmon-Herrington 18 Matilda infantry tanks 26, 42, 43, 47 Mechanical Warfare Experimental Establishment (MWEE) 6, 18, 19 Mediterranean Theatre 39–45 MG Car Company 26 motorcycles 27 North British Locomotive Company 19, 22 North-West Frontier 4, 7, 46 Norway 34, 44 Oatts, Lt-Col L.
This is a Mark VIC with two air-cooled Besa guns replacing the Vickers. It also features a turret without a cupola, but in every other respect is identical to a Mark VIB. The camouflage, which was supposed to disguise the tank against a local stone wall, features light stonecoloured paint, broken up into ‘crazy paving’ shapes with light-brown lines. com The 3rd Hussars again, this time with a Light Tank Mark VIB, photographed on the dockside in Java. There was not a lot that could be done with tanks such as this, but throwing them away on what we now know was such a futile expedition, and losing the men with them for the rest of the war, seems little short of insane.
Com The 7th Hussars took part in most of the early actions in the Western Desert, from the successful attack on Fort Capuzzo on 14 June 1940, to the assault on Tobruk in January 1941. In the former action they borrowed two Light Tanks Mark VIB, one each from 1st and 6th Royal Tank Regiments, the reason being that these tanks were fitted with powerful spotlights that were considered vital for use at night. They were also in the van on the difficult cross-country journey to Beda Fomm. The going was particularly unpleasant, with areas of slab rock and large boulders that reduced speed and increased petrol consumption to an alarming rate, not to mention the difficulty of negotiating areas strewn with Thermos bombs, which could damage tracks and suspension, albeit without harming the crew.
British Light Tanks 1927-1945 Marks I-VI by David Fletcher, Henry Morshead