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David Fletcher

Bombproof Roof

THE BOMBPROOF ROOF

Apr 22, 2016No Comments

This framework of wood and wire-netting (chicken wire the Americans call it) was devised as a means to prevent enemy stick grenades from lodging on the roof of the tank.

Mark I tank with tail

THE TAIL ASSEMBLY

Apr 19, 20161 Comment

The pair of tail wheels on a Mark I tank seem to fascinate most people; they are in fact the rump of the articulated Landship idea devised by Colonel Crompton.

Mark I tank

TANK CHATS: MARK I TANK

Apr 15, 2016No Comments

David Fletcher talks through the Mark I tank, in this Tank Chat, the world’s only surviving example of the tank.

WHIPPET MEDIUM A

TANK CHATS: WHIPPET, MEDIUM A

Mar 25, 2016No Comments

The British Whippet Medium Mark A, presented by David Fletcher MBE.

Mark II Tank

TANK CHATS: MARK II TANK

Mar 25, 2016No Comments

The British Mark II Tank features in his Tank Chat presented by David Fletcher MBE.

Tank Ancestors Family History Guide

TRACE YOUR TANK FAMILY HISTORY

Mar 23, 20161 Comment

The Tank Museum has produced a book that is essential reading for anyone involved in family history wishing to trace ancestors in the various British tank regiments.

MARK IV TANK IN CAMBRAI

NAMING DEBORAH – MARK IV TANK IN CAMB...

Feb 16, 2016No Comments

In 1998 Philippe Gorczynski from Cambrai found a Mark IV tank (female) buried beneath a field in the village of Flesquiéres, on the Cambrai battlefield. The tank was badly damaged

D51 DEBORAH

D51 DEBORAH – MARK IV TANK

Feb 16, 20161 Comment

Try this experiment; ask any ten people you know whether they have heard of the Battle of Cambrai. Provided those concerned are not serving or past Royal Tank Regiment soldiers,

Rolls Royce Abbeville

ARMOURED CARS ON THE SOMME

Feb 16, 2016No Comments

We hear quite bit about the first use of tanks on the Somme in September 1916, and we’re going to hear a lot more over the next two years, but

A typical group of Rolls-Royces in the Middle East, three at least with the upper panels of the turrets removed to reduce the heat. Each car was equipped with a single Vickers machine-gun.

ARMOURED CARS IN ACTION

Feb 16, 20161 Comment

I understand, at least I have been told, that there is a discussion going on, on one of these on-line chat rooms that deals in such things, about the first