Mark IV vs A7V: Villers-Bretonneux 1918

Mark IV vs A7V: Villers-Bretonneux 1918

by David R. Higgins, Peter Dennis, Ian Palmer
     
 

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The German A7V and the British Mark IV were similar in weight, size, and speed, but differed significantly in armour, armament and maneuverability. The A7V had thicker armour, and had nearly double the horsepower per ton. The Mark IV's pair of side-mounted 6pdr cannons forced the vehicle to present its side arc to an enemy in order to fire one of its main guns.

Overview

The German A7V and the British Mark IV were similar in weight, size, and speed, but differed significantly in armour, armament and maneuverability. The A7V had thicker armour, and had nearly double the horsepower per ton. The Mark IV's pair of side-mounted 6pdr cannons forced the vehicle to present its side arc to an enemy in order to fire one of its main guns. Possessing twice as many machine guns as the Mark IV, the A7V had a frontally mounted 57mm gun that proved capable of defeating the Mark IV's armour. The Mark IV's rhomboid design proved superior in crossing trenches, climbing obstacles and moving over rough terrain. As the first tank-versus-tank engagement in history, the fighting around Villers-Bretonneux showcased the British Mark IV and German A7V designs. Although not purpose-built to combat enemy armour, both vehicles proved the viability of such operations, which during the postwar period led to key advances in suspension, armour, gunsights, ammunition, and command and control. While the British continued to develop their armoured forces, German armour development never materialized, and only in the postwar period did they address the issue.

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"In this book by David Higgins, we get a good look at the development of these vehicles on both sides of the conflict, It is interesting that the brass of both nations were not sure these were a good idea. We are then given an opportunity to see what these tanks were like from a technical stand point and what they were like to operate. We then go into combat with them where these tank's positive and negative traits are discovered. It makes for a fascinating look at these weapon's earliest days and see from whence the modern Main Battle Tank developed. It is another superb title in Osprey's Duel series and a book I know you will enjoy reading. Highly recommended."
- Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com

"...offers military collections a fine account of the first deployment of the Germans' own design, and is a fine recommendation for any military history holding interested in the machines of conflict. The clash at Villers-Bretonneaux showcased two competing designs, the Mark IV and the A7V, and details how they were deployed in battle. The result is a fine recommendation for military libraries strong in not only history, but equipment analysis."
- The Midwest Book Review (April 2013)

"Period photos, informative color drawings and action illustrations season this superb study.  Sidebars, biographies, statistics, "analysis", list of primary and secondary sources, and index complete contents."
- David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com (May 2013)

"...full of inspirations for toy soldier and model figure enthusiasts, armored fighting vehicle hobbyists, and diorama builders."
- Toy Soldier & Model Figure (October 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780960067
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/20/2013
Series:
Duel , #49
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
14 MB
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Meet the Author

David R. Higgins attended the Columbus College of Art & Design, and received a BFA from Ohio State University and an MISM from Keller. In addition to The Roer River Battles and King Tiger vs IS-2: Operation Solstice 1945 he has written over 40 articles for magazines such as Strategy and Tactics, Armchair General, Modern War and World at War, as well as MCS Group's States of Conflict. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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