44 18 Hamel (Br) 4 Jul 18 60 3 0 5 Soissons (Fr) 18 Jul 64 18 Amiens (Br) 8 Aug combined 65 18 Niergnies/Séranvillers (Br/Gr) 8 Oct The German A7V tank and the captured British Mk IV tanks of World War I. books Tug alongside scuttled German destroyer G at Scapa Flow. ©IWM (SP. Description Discussions0 Comments Change Notes Thats a pretty cool addon i also got a ww1 map so with this A7V its so epic on that map,now we need.
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Inboth the British and the French introduced tanks on the battlefield and gradually improved their performances and design through frontline experience. But still, even bythe German high command still considered they could be defeated by using special rifle bullets and artillery, in direct or indirect fire.
But the psychological effect on an unprepared infantry was such that this new weapon had to be seriously taken in consideration.
They proved successful during the spring offensive and further hampered the need for a tank. Despite initial resistance against tanks, their first, shocking appearance on the battlefield in the fall ofled, in September of the same year, to the creation of a study department, the Allgemeines Kriegsdepartement, 7 Abteilung, Verkehrswesen.
This Department was responsible for all the information gathering on Allied tanks and for formulating both anti-tank tactics and devices and specifications for a possible indigenous design. Based on these specifications, the first plans aa7v drawn a7c Joseph Vollmer, a reserve captain and engineer. These specifications included a top weight of 30 tons, use of the available Austrian Holt chassis, ability to cross ditches 1. The chassis was also to be used for cargo and troop carriers.
The first prototype built by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft made its first trials on April 30,at Belin Marienfeld. The final prototype was ready by May It was unarmored but filled with tons of ballast to simulate the weight.
After successful trials in Mainz, the design was modified once more to incorporate two more machine-guns and a better observation post.
Pre-production started in September Production started in October with an initial order of 1102 and a training unit was formed in the process. The overall use of regular steel and not an armored compound, for production reasons, meant that the effectiveness of the mm plating was reduced. Like contemporary tanks, it was vulnerable to artillery fire.
The Holt track, using vertical springs, was hampered by the overall weight of the tall structure and its very low ground clearance and large overhang at the front meant very poor crossing capabilities on a heavily cratered and muddy terrain.
With this limitation in 120, these first two units ten tanks each were deployed on relatively flat grounds. The amount of ammunition carried was considerable, further reducing the internal space. Around cartridge belts, each with bullets, plus rounds for the main gun, split between special HE explosive rounds, canisters and regular rounds.
In operation more shells were loaded, up to As initially no engine was powerful enough to move the 30 tons of the A7V in the restricted allocated space, two Daimler petrol 4-cylinder engines, each delivering about bhp 75 kWwere coupled together. This solution produced the most powerful tank of the war, with a speed even greater than British late tanks Mk. The driver had very poor vision. The A7V was committed mostly on open terrains and roads, just like armored cars, were its speed and armament could reveal its true potential.
Last but not least, the A7Vs were all hand-built and of great manufacture quality and very high cost. Every model had unique features as no standardization was achieved.
Led by Haumptann Greiff, this unit was deployed during the attack on the St Quentin canal, part of the German spring offensive. Two broke down but successfully repelled a localized British counter-attack.
As the two females, damaged, were unsuccessful in damaging the German tanks with their machine-guns, they withdrew, and left the leading male Second Lieutenant Frank Mitchell dealing with the leading A7V Second Lieutenant Wilhelm Biltzin what was to become the first tank-to-tank duel in history.
German A7V Tank
However, after three successful hits, the A7V was knocked-out and the crew with five dead and several casualties promptly bailed out. The disabled tank was recovered and repaired later. The victorious Mark IV roamed the German lines, creating havoc and was joined later by several Whippets. But after 12 mortar fire, this attack was stopped in its tracks. Three Whippets were destroyed, 012 well as the Mark IV. This attack included all available A7Vs, but some broke down, other toppled into holes and were captured by British and Australian troops.
The entire attack was deemed a failure, and the A7V removed from active service. The machines order was cancelled and several were scrapped in November. The commitment of all available tanks with poor results increased the resistance from the German high command.
Some successes were achieved by the most numerous German tank in service during the spring offensives, the Beutepanzer Mark IV and V. They showed the advantage of full-length tracks over difficult terrains. Its featured two 57 mm 2. Although the prototype was ready by Junethis ton monster proved to have a high center of gravity and poor maneuverability. However twenty were ordered in September. None were completed by the armistice. Starting late in the war, the Germans never had the opportunity to fully develop their tank arm both tactically and technically.
This was achieved, mostly clandestinely, but successfully, during the twenties and early thirties. Nevertheless this early and deceiving attempt was a landmark in German development. The Sturmpanzerwagen A7V on Wikipedia. Big, tall and symmetrical, with sloped armor, surprisingly fast, bristling with machine-guns, it was indeed more akin to a moving fortification than a real tank. 12 only 20 built of the initially ordered, it was more a propaganda tool than an effective breakthrough apparatus.
A7V replica on display at the Munster Panzer Museum. All A7Vs were christened by their crews. It is now displayed at Brisbane Anzac museum. An A7V at Royes, during the spring offensives, March A7V by Giganaut on Sketchfab. Quentin canal British sectorpart of the March offensive. Stunningly illustrated in full colour throughout, Tank Hunter: World War One provides historical background, facts and figures for each First World War tank as well as the locations of any surviving examples, giving you the opportunity to become a Tank Hunter yourself.
May 10, at 7: Could you perhaps be more specific in terms of what, precisely, it is you need measurements of? Perhaps you could try contacting the Australian War Memorial at Canberra, who currently have Mephisto the 7av surviving A7V on display if they have such figures available?
Any of the people involved in its 10 might be able to help. The same can be said for your request on the Tank Mark A7c page. Perhaps Bovington Tank Museum might be of some assistance?
Alternatively, you could try taking a cutaway drawing and, using a point of reference such as a roller wheel or access hatchestimate the interior? May I offer to do some of the graphics design of this website? I notice some of it is out of date, and I do it for a hobby. I would not request anything in return.
Mephisto is currently on display at the Australian war memorial in Canberra Australia on loan from the Queensland museum. I used to play it it when I was a kid in the 70,s was damaged in the Brisbane floods in however has been fully restored…Mephisto is the last surviving tank of this genre.
Two inline Daimler-Benz petrol engines cranking out bhp. Video footage of the early move 7av available from Queensland State Premier Palaszczuk — https: The Allied intel report on Mephisto the one captured at Villers-Bretonneux mentions that: Hello AZTank, It is possible the report is referring to one of the Lebel rifle cartridges, although more investigations are needed!
This cartridge was also used for machine-guns such as the Vickers. Thanks…the report was apparently done by the French the version in the link is an AEF translation …so Lebel makes sense from that aspect.
Based on the date that Mephisto was captured April and on information presented in B. An AP round makes sense. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me 1022 new posts by email.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Sturmpanzerwagen A7V By David. German Empire Heavy tank — 20 built. Buy this book on Amazon! August 8, at 2: November 6, at 1022 December 30, at 6: January 1, at 8: January 16, at 1: January 4, at May 17, at 6: December 19, at April 6, at 8: April 6, at April 9, at 8: