1⁄35British Tank Mk IV (Male)
History - source LandshipsThe original Black Arrow appears to have been hit by shell fire and burnt out.
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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