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Great Britain's Mark V Heavy Tank

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Mark V Heavy Tank Female:
Great Britain's Mark V Heavy Tank Female

Mark V Heavy Tank with Snake Track:
Great Britain's Mark V Heavy Tank with Snake Track
Mark V Heavy Tank Male:
Great Britain's Mark V Heavy Tank Male
Mark V Heavy Tank Male:
Great Britain's Mark V Heavy Tank Male
Mark V Heavy Tank with Tadpole:
Great Britain's Mark V Heavy Tank with Tadpole

Design

In August 1917 the Mark V Heavy Tank was designed. In May 1918 it was received by the troops.

Crew

One crewman could now drive the Mark V.

Gearbox

W. G. Wilson designed the gearbox which allowed only one crewman being needed to change gears.

Production

  • Mark V Heavy Tanks - Male: 200
    • Production: December 1917 - June 1918
  • Mark V Heavy Tanks - Female: 200
    • Production: December 1917 - June 1918

Variants

  • Mark V Heavy Tank:
  • Mark VA Heavy Tank: Armor added between the sponsons that allowed the carrying of 25 soldiers or supplies.

Usage

The 8th Battalion of the Tank Corps was the first to receive the Mark V.

Specifications

  Mark V Heavy Tank (Male)
Crew 8
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 29 tons
29,465 kg
Length 26' 4"
8.03 m
Height 8' 2"
2.49 m
Width 12' 10"
3.91 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 2: 6 pdr / 57 mm
Secondary  
MG 4: 7.7 mm / 0.303" Hotchkiss MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 12
Engine (Make / Model) Ricardo
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 150
Power to weight ratio  
Ignition  
Transmission (Type) 4 speed epicyclic
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity 60 gallons
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 4.6 mph
7.4 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 45 miles
72.4 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. World War I and II Tanks, George Forty, 2012
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site