MEDIUM MARK A WHIPPET

WEA PONS OF WAR

IN 1918, FOLLOWING TWO YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT, THE BRITISH FIELDED A VEHICLE TASKED WITH EXPLOITING THE SUCCESSES FORGED BY THE FAMILIAR RHOMBOID –SHAPED TANKS ALREADY IN SERVICE. ROB LANGHAM PROFILES THE WHIPPET TANK.

The Medium Mark A was introduced to complement the bigger, slower heavy tanks. Its greater speed and mobility helped exploit breakthroughs in the enemy lines.
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TThe Medium, Mark A Whippet had its origins in a proposal made barely weeks after the first tanks saw action – during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on September 15, 1916. William Tritton, managing director of Fosters of Lincoln who had designed and built the tanks, had the idea for a new type of armoured beast: “machines with greater speed and agility, so that they could act, as it were, as mechanical cavalry”.

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