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Hagen the A7V tank,ditched and abandoned by crew at Fremicourt, 31 August 1918; captured by New Zealand troops and displayed on Horse Guards Parade; scrapped in 1919.
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The A7V was a tank introduced by Germany in 1918, during World War I. One hundred chassis were ordered in early 1917, 10 to be finished as fighting vehicles with armored bodies, and the remainder as the Überlandwagen cargo car.The number of A7V's was later increased to 20. They were used in action from March to October 1918, and were the only tanks produced by Germany in World War I used in combat.
The project to design and build the first German tank was placed under the direction of Joseph Vollmer, one of Germany's foremost automobile designers. The first prototype was completed by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft at Berlin-Marienfelde. 🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪
Crew: 18
Weight: 33 tonnes
Length: 7.34 meters
Main gun: 57 mm gun
Secondary: 6× 7.92 mm
Engine: 200 hp
Speed: 15 kph
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Past work — 1/35 A7V TANK KRUPP

Peter and I spent an incredible afternoon at Bovington Tank Museum and saw too many marvelous vehicles to do it any justice. These photos show a selection of German armour development. We begin with the ungainly and boxy World War One vintage A7V "Schnuck." It looks huge, but I assure you there would be precious little space for the 18-man crew. These early forays into armoured warfare proved ineffective and could not be produced in sufficient numbers: only 20 were built by the end of the war in 1918. Next is the Panzer II, a relatively light tank which swept across Poland, France, Scandinavia, and Russia in the great blitzkriegs of 1939-1941. The Panzer IV was a mainstay of the Whermacht throughout the war, and thousands fought between 1939 and 1945. The main event of the day was the massive Panzer VI "Tiger," which weighed in at 59 tonnes and terrorized allied tank crews with its devastating 88mm gun and nigh-impenetrable armour. Tigers built a ferocious reputation, from the sands of North Africa to the green fields of Normandy and the Russian steppe. Finally, the Tiger II "King Tiger," which is so large I can scarcely comprehend it. The Tiger and King Tiger were the greatest war machines of their day, and it is fortunate that they were not produced in sufficient numbers to alter the outcome of the war. #ww2 #tanks #panzer #bovington #museum #ww1 #a7v #tiger

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Clash of Steel
April 24th marked 100 years since history’s first tank versus tank battle, a relatively lackluster duel of new machines depicted here in these two images.

By the middle of April 1918, territorial gains made during the Battle of the Lys in the Flanders region of Belgium had brought the German Army within close proximity of the strategically significant French town of Villers-Bretonneux, situated south of the Somme River. On the evening of April 23rd, an attack to gain control of the town was launched by the German 2nd Army. The four infantry divisions involved in the operation were relieved to be accompanied by 14 A7V Sturmpanzerwagens; it was Germany’s first large-scale use of their tanks during the war.

The attack punctured through the positions of the British 8th Division, forming a gap in the Allied lines 3 miles wide. In response to the breakthrough, a trio of Mark IV tanks from No. 1 Section, A Company, 1st Battalion, Tank Corps were dispatched to defend against the enemy advance. Only one of the tanks was a “Male”, the variant which featured two 6-pounder guns, and it was under the command of Lt. Frank Mitchell.

All three British tanks were advancing when they encountered “Nixie”, an A7V of Abteilung III under the command of 2/Lt. Wilhelm Blitz. “Nixie” fired the first shot of the historic engagement, targeting the two “female” tanks armed only with machine guns, which by themselves were unable to penetrate the A7V’s armor. Both were damaged and were forced to withdraw from the fight.

The lone Mark IV “Male” opened fire on the opposing A7V, all the while on the move to avoid both tank and artillery fire, and eventually came to a stop to allow the gunner a clear shot. “Nixie” took three hits from the Mark IV and toppled over onto its side (possibly from driving up an incline from a bad angle). The crew of 18 fled the tank though half were killed by British fire.

Two more A7Vs with infantry support had arrived on the scene during this time, and Lt. Frank Mitchell’s tank was yet again faced with a predicament. His gunner opened up on the tanks and forced them to retreat. [Continued ↓]

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World War I: First tank-to-tank combat, during the second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. Three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs.
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