Mark Robinson’s superb 17pdr SP M10 Achilles IIc made an impressive sight at 2022’s We Have Ways Fest. Craig Moore discovers how it was restored

Having seen the Achilles being driven around the hilltop arena, it was good to catch up with its owner Mark Robinson to find out more about it.

The Achilles were operated by the Royal Artillery during World War Two. They were used to rush to the scene of an enemy breakthrough to knock out the advancing tanks at long distances from concealed locations. They would ‘shoot and scoot’ to another preidentified location before the enemy identified the position they had fired from. The powerful high-velocity 17pdr gun could stop most German tanks in their tracks. Having light armour, they were not intended to be at the front of an attack.

Mark had previously restored a Cold War US Army Walker Bulldog light tank.

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