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Corporal

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Alright, I will go through the work to figure how to post pictures tonight. I have some good scans of the RAF armoured Dragons.

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Hi Neal, Thanks for posting the pic, very interesting any idea where it was taken.......Habbaniya by any chance?

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The picture was taken at RAF Habb and was more an experiment than anything else ...

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One wonders how Mk I Dragons found their way to an RAF base in Iraq. The Dragon Mk I had a very short service life. It was issued to Field Brigades of the Field Artillery RA as an 18pounder tractor but found to be underpowered and quickly replaced by the Dragon II with a bigger engine and different suspension

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One wonders how Mk I Dragons found their way to an RAF base in Iraq. The Dragon Mk I had a very short service life. It was issued to Field Brigades of the Field Artillery RA as an 18pounder tractor but found to be underpowered and quickly replaced by the Dragon II with a bigger engine and different suspension

Hi All,do you think this might have something to do with the 2 old howitzers...in any case there are 18pdrs on the records for habbaniyaand thay may have arrived together must have been a bit of a trek! Thanks again everyone for your input on this.....Cheers



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A year late with this post.

Check out my website for all the info I've found on the MkI's

http://landships.googlepages.com/listofmkitanksknownhistories

If HMLS Tiger is numbered 736 this fits with my theory that the Gaza MKIswere amoung the last manufactured (736 and 737 were probably the last Male Mk Isto be built by Metropolitan).

Why send worn out old tanks tothe mid eastwhen you can send six week old ones?

Munkeezulu

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I can assure you these two tanks did exist and were indeed used in combat at Habbaniya in May 1941 during the Rashid Ali Siege & Battle of Habbaniya. The late Norman Mogie of No 1 RAF Armoured Car Company RAF manned one of them and told me all about it - and it is documented in the operational records.
Hon Sec RAF Habbaniya Association

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First Hand account of attack on Gaza by Edward Callaghan RFA 266 *53rd Welsh division) that I am currently transcribing

Great progres towards capture of Gaza April 18th 1917

F.O.O duties (Kurd Hill) and only 1500 yards from Ali-Muntar and 1200 yards away from Gaza  all day shells bursting overhead all the time feeling very uncomfortable for about 1 hour  witnessed the taking of Samsons Ridge by our infantry who were great (prisoners taken 26) April 19th 1917

Very Quiet all day except for our Tanks going into action -one of which is put out of action through setting on fire in no mans land April 20th 1917

 

April 21st HMLS Tiger breaks down   not much doing again in the morning   still holding Samsons Ridge

April 22nd Quiet except for an occasional shot from the 60 pdrs (91st Heavies) a few more prisoner brought in during the night, HMLS Tiger right again

Turks fire on our working parties during the night of 22nd-23rd

Our artillery and Gun Boats reply to it

April 23rd Still blazing away at Gaza

April 24th Quiet all day

April 25th a few taubes (ed German Aircraft) over our lines  2 snipers brought in otherwise quiet

April 26th Taubes pay us another visit but are soon driven off again by our (ARCHIES) (ed.anti aircaft fire)



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Many thanks for that interesting account. Given the position of the 53rd Div., I suspect that the author was observing the wreck of HMLS War Baby (knocked out on 19/4/17) burning on Outpost Hill.

 



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