TO WAR in Stuart Tanks

The 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment in Papua

In 1939, warfare at its most potent involved the use of tanks. The Australian Tank Corps operated Vickers tanks: four Medium Tanks Mk II and 10 Light Tanks Mk VIA. However, ‘potent’ was not a word that you would associate with these tanks. Having stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Great Britain in declaring war on Germany in September, Australia had now to decide whether it would deploy an army largely made up of infantry or one including tanks more modern than the obsolete Vickers tanks.

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