Deborah II

Television presenter Guy Martin, Channel 4, The Norfork Tank Museum and JCB collaborated to create a replica World War One tank

With their MkIV, a Battalion of the Heavy Branch Machine Corps (which eventually became the Royal Tank Regiment), June 1917 HBMC BOVINGTON
pictures Vicky Turner & Stephen MacHaye
The drive train being lowered into the tank, real progress for a fine summer day
Guy Martin taken in the JCB manufacturing plant in front of the replica MkIV hull CHANNEL FOUR

In the summer of 2017 I unwittingly stumbled into a secret. I was on a visit to the Norfolk Tank Museum and in front of me, tarped down, was the unmistakable rhomboid shape of a World War One tank.

It turned out that hidden away was a replica hull of one of the MkIV tanks first used in the Battle of Cambrai on November 20, 1917.The tank was going to be built for a Channel 4 programme by mechanic and all-round daredevil television presenter Guy Martin.

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