Tank, Mark V (Male) (E1949.327)

Tank, Mark V (Male)
Tank, Mark V (Male)
Tank, Mark V (Male)
Tank, Mark V (Male)
Tank, Mark V (Male)
Tank, Mark V (Male)
Tank, Mark V (Male)
Tank, Mark V (Male)
vehicle info
Precise Name
Tank, Mark V (Male)
Main Utility Type
Heavy
Country of Use
U.K.
production
Manufactured
1918, Birmingham Railway Carriage Co., United Kingdom
Era
World War 1
Nationality
British
location in the museum
Although similar in appearance to earlier models the Mark V was a much better tank, more powerful and easier to drive. It was equipped with the new Ricardo six-cylinder engine and Wilson's epicyclic steering system which meant that one man could handle all the controls, compared with four in the Mark IV.

Among the new features was a rear cab for the commander, complete with signalling apparatus and a rear machine-gun position. Our exhibit also carries an unditching beam, which was first introduced in the Mark IV. This would be used if the tank got stuck in mud - chained to the tracks it was drawn under the tank and gave it something solid to grip.

Our Mark V is shown in the Markings of 8th (H) Battalion (No. H41), Tank Corps at the time of the Battle of Amiens (8 August 1918). Commanded by a young officer named Whittenbury this actual tank took part in the battle and its young commander was awarded the Military Cross.

(Issued to 8 Bn TC in July 1918 - first Bn to receive Mark V). In 5 Tank Bde between 8 August and 11 November 1918 as part of last British offensive, 29 September at Bellincourt (France). The tank was grazed by a field gun shell on the left front horn which broke a track. Lt. T.R. Harding was in command. In 1921 went to 4 Bn Tank Corps, returned to Bovington in 1925 and was used for demonstration.
The Tank for May 1956 (page 282) includes a small piece, generated by the Driving and Maintenance School (Colonel R H Harding-Newman) pointing out that the Mark V which they used 'for film demonstrations and other functions' is wearing out its tracks and asking if anyone knows the location of any spare links.

Further reading
The British Tanks 1915-19 by David Fletcher (Crowood Press 2001 isbn 1 86126 400 3)
Mark V Tank by David Fletcher, New Vanguard 178 (Osprey Publishing 2011 isbn 978 1 84908 351 5)
VEHICLES Features
Full Tracked
Tracks/Wheels
Gun - 2* 6 Pounder Guns
Armament - Main Weapon Type
4* Hotchkiss .303 Machine Guns
Armament - Secondary Weapon Type
Ricardo, 6 cylinder, water cooled
Engine
Curved girder track without suspension.
Suspension
Vehicle Statistics
8.05mtr
Length (Overall)
4.19mtr
Width (Overall)
8
Number (Crew)
29tons
Weight (Overall)
4.6mph
Maximum (Speed - Road)
Petrol
Type (Fuel)
16.00mm
Maximum (Armour Thickness)
57mm
Calibre (Main Gun)
150bhp
Power (Engine Output)
93gall
Volume (Fuel)
45ml
Radius (Range)
207rounds
Number (Projectile)
2.64m
Height (Overall)