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British Tank Mk IV (Male)

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History - source Landships
The original Black Arrow appears to have been hit by shell fire and burnt out.

Black Arrow

07-Jun-17 "B" Bttn, 5 Coy, 6 sec, B29, 2Lt Birme W2 Ditched for 1 1/2 hours just after Black line, unditched then Broke down for 15 minites, repaired and returned. W22

08-Jun-17 "B" Bttn, 2Lt Birme Ditched

09-Jun-17 - "B" Bttn, 2Lt Birme - Ordered to assist attack. Order cancelled

25-Jul-17 - "B" Bttn, 5 Coy, 6 sec, B28, " Black Arrow", 2Lt Ramsden WG W2 List in War Diary, date approximate.

31-Jul-17 "B" Bttn, 5 Coy, 6 sec, B28, 2Lt Ramsden WG W22 - Attack Southern portion of Green line. Engaged enemy MGs west of Dumbarton Woods. Trampeled uncut wire in front of Jarva Avenuse when suffered a Direct Hit and burnt out.

The second tank fared no better:

Black Arrow II

24-Aug-17 - "B" Bttn, 5 Coy, - Moved from Ouderdom to Lyonsburg W2

04-Nov-17 - "B" Bttn, 5 Coy, - Demonstrated crossing trench with Fascines to watching infantry W2

20-Nov-17 - "B" Bttn, 5 Coy, 6 Sec, B28, 2Lt. Evans JO - In action, rallied WMH

23-Nov-17 - "B" Bttn, 5 Coy, 6 Sec, B28, 2Lt Evans JO - In action, hit and KO WMH

30-Nov-17 - Handed over to Salvage. In enemy territory. Fontaine. W2a Captured X24.p91

Photographed captured by Germans: X11.p110, X74.p22, X74.p23, X78

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April 1918: Photographed in German workshops: X74.p54, X74.p57

German repair No.19

Possibly German Beutepanzer No. 201, "Max": compare the now visible "B" on 201 (X75.p125) with the "B" on Black Arrow II (X74.p22)

01-Jun-18- Beutepanzer, Abt 13, no. 201, "Max" - Broke down and abandoned before reaching French lines. X75.125

1919 - Photographed where it had been abandoned in 1918 - broken up in situ. X75.126

Unusually a crew list exists for the tank and brings home just how sad and terrible a war this was.

Tank Crew B28 - 23rd November 1917

Lt W.J.G Birnie, Section commander, KIA
2/Lt J.O. Evans, Tank commander, KIA
Sgt F. Bailey, 76038, KIA
Pte L. Hullett, 75862, Gearsman, KIA
Pte A. Bates, 75920, Driver, KIA
Pte W. Campbell, 75210, 6 pdr gunner, KIA
Pte E. Russell, 75256, 6 pdr gunner, KIA
Pte W. Wilson, 200340, 6 pdr gunner, KIA
Pte G. Hackney, 200304, Gearsman, MIA

Ian Verrinder, provides a crew list for this tank at Cambrai in his book "Tank Action in the Great War: B Battalion's experiences.
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Comments

Having watched this model take shape, I pestered Alan to send in a build feature as I feel his effort needed to be preserved and highlighted. I really enjoyed watching this go together and I want to thank him for sharing his efforts with us.
NOV 15, 2014 - 03:47 PM
Hi Johan, Many thanks for the comments. I'd probably have to take the doors off to have any chance of getting a decent picture of the interior now, but fortunately the eye can adjust if you pick it up and look inside. Cheers Al
NOV 15, 2014 - 03:56 PM
Hi Darren, Many thanks for your comments, lets hope the effort was worth it. Cheers Al
NOV 15, 2014 - 03:58 PM
Hi Alan , o what a beauty ! Many congratulations for this great result . You may be proud on it . Cheers Kurt
NOV 15, 2014 - 08:56 PM
Hi Kurt, Many thanks, glad you approve. Cheers Al
NOV 15, 2014 - 09:19 PM
Hi Johan, Many thanks for the comments. I'd probably have to take the doors off to have any chance of getting a decent picture of the interior now, but fortunately the eye can adjust if you pick it up and look inside. Cheers Al [/quote] I will look into the possibilities for a trip to the UK then /J
NOV 15, 2014 - 10:01 PM
[/quote] I will look into the possibilities for a trip to the UK then /J[/quote] Hi J, Yes, Sorry. Cheers Al
NOV 15, 2014 - 10:55 PM
For those who might be interested I noticed on the weekly flyer from Hannants that Eduard have a set of Internal and External PE for the MK IV scheduled for release in January 2015. A bit late for me, but might be very useful items if they add detail rather than simply replace items. Al
NOV 22, 2014 - 10:49 PM
Superb Al......a fantastic build.
DEC 14, 2014 - 04:36 PM
Hi George, Many thanks, appreciated. Al
DEC 14, 2014 - 08:50 PM