Ypres, in Belgium, on the edge of the Salient of evil memory, is another location that acquired a tank, selecting one from those about to be destroyed at the end
Before the tank made its debut in France, the Mark I had to undergo trials and approval stages in Britain. These took place at Hatfield Park.
It would be nice to say that I remembered the Tonbridge tank but it was long gone by the time I was there, I knew the Castle well enough, and
Scotland ran its own National War Savings Scheme and since we don’t have their version of the Silver Bullet we don’t yet know how many tanks were distributed. We can
Tunbridge Wells, which is allowed to call itself Royal Tunbridge Wells, is in Kent, a short distance from the Sussex border. Its tank arrived by rail on 30 July 1919,
Falmouth in Cornwall raised £364,324 in National War Savings which, given its smallish population more or less guaranteed it a place on the Silver Bullet list which meant that it
A Mark IV female tank was displayed on a specially made plinth in Dean Gardens in West Ealing which today is part of the Greater London Area.
Bolton in Lancashire, more properly Bolton by Bowland to distinguish it from all the other Boltons in the country, is today in the Greater Manchester area.
At Colchester, in Essex, the gifted tank was set up on a plinth alongside the ancient castle walls. It was a Mark IV female although its number is not recorded.
In the seventh instalment of Towards the Tank, David Fletcher describes the potential of the massive Holzschuher from 1558.