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There are a lot of photos of the War bonds tank 138 at outside Wimbledon Town Hall. Do you know if it saw active service or was just a training tank?UsU7X8l.jpg



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This tank was serial number 4034, which doesn't appear in any formal or informal records of tanks in France or elsewhere I've ever seen, so I'd suggest it was just a training tank. Its career as a Tank Bank was short-lived - just thirteen days during March 1918 and it didn't go outside London (unless you count Croydon as outside London). It ended its days as the presentation tank to Kingston upon Hull.

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Where can we find more photos of this tank?

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The London Borough of Merton website has them. I will try and upload some later this week. 



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Thanks Gwyn



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I have sent e-mails off to Hull Local history section of the Library and the local newspaper to see if they have photos of the presentation tank.



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Here are my collection of photos of HSN138 tank on War bond duties outside Wimbledon Town hall, SW London.

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Gwyn

138 certainly had unditching rails and beam.  Do you consider these were fitted in the UK as I understood they were, on the whole, fitted in France.

 

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The unditching rails are in the very early configuration. Very interesting.

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Their presence on this tank is what may have limited its Tank Bank duties to London, though as a presentation tank it still had them.

I see no reason why some tanks at Wool would not have been fitted with unditching rails just for training and experimentation, but yes, generally speaking, Mark IVs left the factory without them and they were fitted in France.

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Thanks Gwyn for your input

 

Thorst - your post interests me.  Are you suggesting there were several ways in which the rails were fitted?

 

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Unditching rails evolved, tanks3. They are very complex things.

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I recommend Dick Harley's recent articles in the tankette magazine. They nicely cover unditching rails and more features of the British tanks of the First World War.

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What is the Tankette Magazine? Cancel found it http://www.mafva.net/tankette.htm



-- Edited by MooreTanks on Tuesday 18th of July 2017 09:37:36 AM

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