By David Fletcher, Henry Morshead
It is a definitive examine of key British tanks from the early a part of the second one global warfare. those varieties observed lively provider with the British Expeditionary strength in France, with British Forces within the Western desolate tract 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 these kinds 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 geared up with designated flotation units. a few Mark VI sequence mild tanks have been additionally issued to Australia and Canada whereas a marginally converted model used to be 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 variety 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 positive aspects in universal with the better-known Vickers-Armstrongs designs.
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The most distinctive thing about the tanks on Malta was their camouflage scheme. It appears to have been a sort of ‘crazy paving’ pattern of brown lines painted over typical desert stone, intended to disguise the tanks against the background of dry stone walls that were a feature of the island. Further east, a few light tanks were stationed for a time on the island of Cyprus. com A Light Tank Mark VIB with all hatches open, which has come to grief off the road in Greece. It belonged to the 4th Hussars.
The trigger mechanism on the smoke discharger has been shrouded, but the main armament seems to be ready for action. com 31 I remember a silly thing that happened as we went back along that road. Some small anti-tank gun fired on my Light Tank and a shot went in through the left of my turret, just behind my gunner’s head, and out through the right side of the turret just behind my head – I suppose we both turned a bit pale. Then, without a word, the gunner bent down, brought out his small pack, opened it and took out a very smelly pair of socks.
However, once they had sorted out the sheep from the goats, as it were, and appreciated that the light tanks were virtually no threat to their armour, they dealt with them accordingly. In the end, however, it was the long and continual retreat with no time to halt for maintenance, over rough roads and tricky mountain passes, that wore out the tanks. By the time the 4th Hussars had crossed the Corinth Canal and proceeded by a roundabout route through the Peleponnese to the proposed embarkation port at Kalamata they were reduced to just ten tanks, which were soon bombed out of existence, leaving the survivors to fight on foot.
British Light Tanks 1927-1945 Marks I-VI by David Fletcher, Henry Morshead