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I was under the impression that all the A7Vs were male tanks. That the Gretchen tank was converted into the male version.

This pictures shows Gretchen as a female tank. The first one on the left is Baden, middle one Cyklops and then Gretchen on the right.



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Hello Ned!
There were more female tanks at the start but they were soon converted to male.... so I have read in a book.
I have the Tankograd book Sturmpanzer A7V and found it very helpful in understanding the different types and manufacturers.
There is explained how the Germans planned more female tanks than male tanks (1 male to 4 female) but soon found out that they needed more firepower and so converted the female tanks to male tanks. Only number 501 (Gretchen) was to see combat as a female tank.
One of those things you can read in the book is that due to distortion of the armourplates that came from Krupp that there were A7V's with the sides in five plates in stead of one big side-armourplate for the Röchling tanks.

So if you can get one of the books ...... buy it
Tankograd world war one, Sturmpanzer A7V No. 1001.

Best regards,
Willem



-- Edited by Willem Visser on Sunday 25th of June 2017 08:49:59 PM

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Thank you Willem, The Meng A7V model is of the Krupp version, the Sparta A7V is of the Röchling (single side version)

When I finish my Mk IV, the A7V is next on my list to build.



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501 Gretchen in demonstrate



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That definitely is a female-MG tank. Thanks.

on a side note, what colour would it be ? gray ? or green ?



-- Edited by Ned on Monday 26th of June 2017 04:27:32 AM

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"Gretchen" was a female tank during first two actions (St. Quentin 21st March 1918, Villers-Bretonneux 24th April 1918), later it was converted to male.

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501 Gretchen hasn't any color or camouflage untill changed its gender

so its Gray



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Why grey, but not feldgrau for example or another colour?

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In the book „KOMITEE NACHBAU STURMPANZERWAGEN A7V: Sturmpanzerwagen A7V – Vom Urpanzer zum Leopard 2. 1. Auflage Herford und Bonn : Verlag E. S. Mittler & Sohn GmbH, 1990“ Page: 66, there is even a photo of the A7V Gretchen with a flamethrower instead of MG!



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