Tank, Mark V** (Female) (E1949.325)

Tank, Mark V** (Female)
Tank, Mark V** (Female)
Tank, Mark V** (Female)
Tank, Mark V** (Female)
vehicle info
Precise Name
Tank, Mark V** (Female)
Main Utility Type
Transport
Country of Use
U.K.
production
Manufactured
1918, Metropolitan Carriage Waggon Co., United Kingdom
Era
World War I
Nationality
British
location in the museum
A longer tank for wider trenches
When the Germans realised what a threat tanks could be they made their trenches wider to trap them; one answer to this was to build longer tanks and the Mark V was stretched by six feet to create the Mark V*. As an interim solution this was adequate but a further improved version, the Mark V** was designed for 1919. In speech the tank would be described as the Mark Five Two Star, each star or asterisk indicating a modifications to the basic design.

The V** had a revised shape, a more powerful engine and internal arrangements that concentrated most of the crew at the front. It was also possible to carry infantry, as passengers at the rear although they found the conditions unbearable. With the coming of the Armistice in November 1918 production of all new tanks was curtailed and the Mark V** never saw action. However it did make a major contribution to progress in tank design in another way.

In 1918 the Royal Engineers established a depot at Christchurch, just east of Bournemouth, to experiment with tanks. The result was that, by 1919 this particular tank 'Ol Faithful' had been adapted with hydraulic lifting gear so that it could carry and lay a bridge and undertake mine clearing or demolition tasks. Thus it became the first true Engineer tank, a type now common in most armies. This tank was still being used as a ballast weight to test the new Bailey Bridge in 1941.
Further reading
Mark V Tank by David Fletcher New Vanguard 178 (Osprey Publishing 2011 isbn 978 1 84908 351 5)
The British Tanks 1915-19 by David Fletcher (Crowood Press 2001 isbn 1 86126 400 3)
One More River to Cross by J H Joiner (Leo Cooper 2001 isbn 0 85052 788 0)
VEHICLES Features
Full Tracked
Tracks/Wheels
Machine Gun - 6* Hotchkiss .303 (7.62 mm) Machine Guns
Armament - Main Weapon Type
Ricardo, 6-cylinder
Engine
4 Forward, 1 Reverse
Transmission
No sprung suspension
Suspension
Vehicle Statistics
8
Number (Crew)
34tons
Weight (Overall)
4.6mph
Maximum (Speed - Road)
Petrol
Type (Fuel)
12.00mm
Maximum (Armour Thickness)
.303in
Calibre (Main Gun)
225
Power (Engine Output)
200gall
Volume (Fuel)
67ml
Radius (Range)
16,200rounds
Number (Projectile)
9.88m
Length (Overall)
3.2m
Width (Overall)
2.74m
Height (Overall)