|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
|Place made||France: Champagne-Ardenne, Sedan|
|Date made||October 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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A partly camouflaged German A7V tank, serial number 501 ‘Gretchen’, emerging from a wood at the ...
A partly camouflaged German A7V tank, serial number 501 ‘Gretchen’, emerging from a wood at the Sachy training ground near Sedan, France. The use of the more ‘squared’ Balkenkreuz style crosses on the front of the tank was a later style change from the Tatzenkreuz [footed cross] in previous use as a German military marking since 1914. Gretchen was the very first combat ready A7V tank and the only ‘female’ to see action (in this images she has been converted to a male configuration). in October 1918 she was detailed to Sachy Training Ground near Sedan for the making of a German propaganda movie (Die Abwehrschlacht).