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Once again running the risk of embarrassing myself. This might be well-known, but I don't recall seeing it before. A Whippet surrounded by what look like Austro-Hungarian troops, with maybe a sprinkling of Germans. How could that have come about? The tank is clearly labelled A249. I came across it on the Hungarian Museum site.

 



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Rainer Strasheim's book "Beute-Tanks: British Tanks in German Service Vol.2" (Tankograd) has a paragraph on A249 (p.178). 

"A249, the first of the Whippet runners and still in original British Camouflage and markings, was seen with Abt.12 near Briey in August 1918.

From there it was most probably sent to Berlin and served (along with the Mark IV male F.41 and the char canon Renault FT No.66260 'manoeuvre')

for illustrating an anti-tank manual that showed the vulnerable spots of enemy tanks. Afterwards it was disassembled and studied by German mechanical

engineers."

If so , then the image may be of Austro-Hungarian troops receiving anti-tank training before deployment to the Western Front.

Charlie

 



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I know of three - including this one here - photographs showing Austro-Hungarian soldiers with Whippet A 249. The Austro-Hungarians furnished - after some German pressure - a small number of divisions for the Western Front in mid-1918. Incidentally, these formations were deployed to the St.Mihiel Pocket, where they were promptly hit by the US-French offensive of September 12th. - The German tank formation sent to Army Group Gallwitz, in command of this front sector on the German side, for tank familiarisation was Abt. 12, who - for reasons unfathomable - had been given A 249 - although a Renault FT (of which the Germans had at least two runners) should have been the proper supplement. Abt. 12 was lodged together with Assault Bn No. 14; and the assault battalions usually were responsible for training incoming new formations. This explains the presence of A-H soldiers near Mk.IVs of Abt. 12 - and Whippet A 249. 



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Thank you, gents. We had a discussion about Austrians (and possibly Turks) on the Western Front a while back, IIRC. This is a splendid photograph.



-- Edited by James H on Thursday 13th of May 2021 10:26:35 AM

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