Inside Real WW1 Tank - The Mark IV - Tank 100 Event At The Tank Museu, Bovington, by World of Tanks

What it is like to be inside a Real MARK IV tank? And what was it like to fight inside a tin coffin?

Following the modest success of the Mark I tanks on the Somme in 1916 the British Commander-in-Chief, Sir Douglas Haig, ordered 1,000 more tanks for 1917.
This was a surprising act of faith in a new weapon for an officer with such a reactionary reputation. More factories were brought into the programme to meet the demand, notably in Glasgow and Newcastle-uponTyne. Although the majority were built by the Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon & Finance Company at the Oldbury works. In the end production reached 1,200.
Mechanically the new tank was the same as the Mark I but it had thicker armour, improved fuel supply and modified sponsons with slightly shorter guns in the Male version. Female tanks had even smaller sponsons and were produced in the ratio two female to one male. Mark IV tanks went into action for the first time in the summer of 1917, they were the mainstay of the Tank Corps at Cambrai in November and fought through to the end of the war with 7th and 12th Battalions of the Tank Corps. It was a male Mark IV tank which won the very first 'Tank versus Tank' action in April 1918 by knocking out the German A7V tank Nixe.
Our exhibit, a male tank, was presented to the Royal Navy's Gunnery School, HMS Excellent after the war to commemorate their help training Tank Corps gunners and it was temporarily refurbished for Home Guard duties in 1940. (Believed to have been achieved by removed parts from another tank possibly on Southsea Common.) It is maintained in full running order.

On 15 September 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, the British Army sent tanks into action for the first time changing the nature of warfare for ever. We participated at Wargaming.Net and The Tank Museum event remembering the vehicle that changed art of war, forever.

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The new mysterious weapon – the Mark I tank – 49 were earmarked, 32 made it to the start line and, of those, only 18 went into action. For many of the men in the tanks, it was their first experience of war. For some, it was their last. 150,000 men fought at Flers and there were 30,000 casualties, including those of the Heavy Section of the Machine Gun Corps.

Tank Museum Curator David Willey said; “It is fitting that we should use the tank as a ‘prop’ to honour the memory of the brave and pioneering soldiers who fought in this first ever tank battle. Their experience sheds a different perspective on the conduct of the war and the experience of the troops that fought in it.”

Commemorations continued two days later at The Tank Museum in Bovington at the Tank 100 event. Before a display of historic vehicles since the First World War, the British Army shared the vehicles currently in use. The public also saw Ajax – Britain’s newest armoured vehicle – for the very first time.

Mark I:
The Mark I wasn’t just the first British tank—it the first tank, and it hit the battlefield 100 years ago, on September 15, 1916.
To celebrate, we’re hosting numerous in-game events in World of Tanks PC, Xbox, PS4, and World of Tanks Blitz.
World of Tanks’ huge offline celebration sees us once again partner with The Tank Museum, Bovington, for an extremely unique event.
Through some technological magic, you can see the Mark I roaming the streets.
For those that can’t make it to London, the Mark I is available with the Virtually Inside the First Tanks 360° video. Filmed at The Tank Museum and enhanced by in-game footage of the Mark I, it’s an innovative blend of technology.

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