Photo postcard, troops marching by the wreck of an English Mark IV tank, previously captured by the Germans and in use until destroyed in the Champagne district in July 1918.
Appears to be a period postcard made by copying an existing photo. Scratches on original photo, leading to white missing portions of image (right part of tank…)
Possibly photo by Tournassoud, taken near Tahure.
Some ink smudges on back side.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
The Mark IV was a British tank of the First World War. Introduced in 1917, it benefited from significant developments of the Mark I tank (the intervening designs being small batches used for training). The main improvements were in armour, the re-siting of the fuel tank and ease of transport. A total of 1,220 Mk IV were built: 420 "Males", 595 "Females" and 205 Tank Tenders (unarmed vehicles used to carry supplies), which made it the most numerous British tank of the war. The Mark IV was first used in mid 1917 at the Battle of Messines Ridge. It remained in British service until the end of the war.