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I recently removed this postcard from Wikipedia. You'll notice that the caption reads "A German  tank captured by Australians", which isn't true. It was recovered by the British and handed to the French, who, of course, filmed it at length. One assumes someone got it mixed up with Mephisto.

Here's a first-hand account of Elfriede's recovery:

http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/view.php?uid=216052



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James H wrote:

I recently removed this postcard from Wikipedia. You'll notice that the caption reads "A German  tank captured by Australians", which isn't true. It was recovered by the British and handed to the French, who, of course, filmed it at length. One assumes someone got it mixed up with Mephisto.

Here's a first-hand account of Elfriede's recovery:

http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/view.php?uid=216052


 The French tell a different tale:

http://pages14-18.mesdiscussions.net/pages1418/Pages-d-Histoire-Artillerie/Artillerie-Speciale-chars-d-assaut/elfriede-recupere-bretonneux-sujet_463_1.htm

There is agreement that British tanks were used to right Elfriede (it was on its side).

Charlie

 



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Thank you, Charlie. I shall study that in detail. What strikes me immediately is the statement that the counter attack at VB was conducted by the Canadians . . .



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Bonjour James,

Elfriede was not "Handed" by the British Army to the French, because Elfriede was inside a French units sector !

And yes, the French Army received the help of the British tank Corps to straighten out the German tank.

Saint Chamond caisson from Grpt II, was not enough powerfull to do that alone and we don't known

how many Mark was used for that. Probably two and, most probably, without help from the French St Chamond !

Bonne après-midi - Michel



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Désolé, Michel. Pardonnez-moi!



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