By David Fletcher, Henry Morshead
It is a definitive learn 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 desolate tract and in India. additionally 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 types of tanks for his or her personal use, tanks they'd captured in France whereas others have been tailored as anti-air craft tanks or outfitted with designated flotation units. a few Mark VI sequence gentle tanks have been additionally issued to Australia and Canada whereas a touch converted model was once provided in huge numbers to India the place they have been used at the North West Frontier. The ebook additionally examines the Marks that led as much as the VI and chronicles a number of experiments conducted on those tanks, with textual content and illustrations. It ends with assurance of the ultimate version, the MarkVIC and information of the experimental Lloyd airborne mild tank of 1942 which has a few gains in universal with the better-known Vickers-Armstrongs designs.
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This was due primarily to a change in armament which had been decided on shortly before the war. 50-cal. 50-cal Vickers, was very distinctive. In practice the whiplash action of the 15mm limited it to firing single shots. The Mark VIC could also be identified by the lack of a cupola on top of the turret, flush hatches being provided instead. In theory it was agreed that regiments of British 1st Armoured Division should be equipped with the new Mark VIC tanks while those of the divisional cavalry regiments should use the more common Mark VIB.
Later it was found possible to go by the short sea route from Southampton. The story of all regiments is more or less the same, due to the nature of their equipment. The 15/19th Hussars explain that they had two sets of tracks for their tanks; battle tracks, which were relatively new, and training tracks, which were nearly worn out but used where possible to save wear and tear on the battle tracks. The position may be summed up by an account in the history of the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards: A Squadron advanced to give battle but their (so-called) armour-piercing machine-guns had little effect on the German tanks and they were forced to give ground losing several vehicles and crews.
On 6 May 1940, 17 men from this regiment with three light tanks were shipped to Norway from Leith on the Polish liner Chobry. They were originally destined for Harstad but the Chobry was diverted from there on the 14th, after landing most of its troops, and sent south towards Namsos with the men and tanks of the 3rd Hussars on board, along with 1st Battalion the Irish Guards. The ship was bombed relentlessly by the Germans and set on fire. The men were taken off by the Royal Navy escort, which then had to sink the blazing Chobry, which went to the bottom with the three tanks.
British Light Tanks 1927-1945 Marks I-VI by David Fletcher, Henry Morshead