Ed Webster profiles the Vickers Mk.1 MBT, a tank that although largely forgotten today, proved both successful and popular during the Cold War

Vickers Mk.1 at the Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, Elswick Works, Newcastle upon Tyne – one of the UK-made ones initially shipped over

When discussing British tanks there is no shortage of stories or vehicles to cover.

Some are more famous than others or have earned their place in the history books through prestige or infamy, battles won, a design first, or just vogue in popular media.

Then there are those that have been forgotten, overlooked, or written out of the history books due to a lack of interest or academic negligence. No British tank falls into this latter category more so than the Vickers Mk.1 Main Battle Tank (MBT).

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