Mark V Tank by David Fletcher download in iPad, ePub, pdf
The ventilation was the area in which the Mark V suffered its largest weakness. The British Army's interest shifted more to lighter, faster tanks, and the Mark V was partially replaced by the Vickers Medium Mark I during the mids. Lateral forces in a turn now became unacceptably high causing thrown tracks and an enormous turning circle.
The Mark V took part in eight major offensives until the armistice. An additional machine-gun mount was fitted at the rear of the hull, this placed the engine in the center of the cabin.
After the war, most of the British Army's tank units were disbanded, leaving five tank battalions equipped with either the Mark V or the Medium Mark C. Use of Wilson's epicyclic steering gear meant that only a single driver was needed. In contrast, the Mark V, drew air from outside the tank, across the radiator, and then expelled the air though a vent, which left the air inside the crew compartment stagnant.
The remaining Mark Vs appear to have been replaced by medium tanks by the end of the decade. Its lack of agility was a big issue. The extra space was thought to be best used for troop transport, but the internal conditions were still unbearable. But while a wooden mock-up was built, industrial priorities dictated a radical turn. Turning circle was enormous and the added weight and length caused enormous tensions on the steering system.
This is missing from the wooden Mk V tank mock-up but a machine gun has been mounted in a smaller cab at the rear. Improved protection, speed and crew comfort, while using as many parts as possible from the Mark V were the main objective.
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