Two German officers with a captured British Army Mark II female tank. This tank's serial number 586 is visible on the rear of the left hand side. The tank is from British unit No. 11 Company, D ...
ID numberG01534J
Collection typePhotograph
Object typeBlack & white - Glass copy negative
Place madeFrance: Picardie, Somme, Bapaume Cambrai Area, Bullecourt
Date made1917
DescriptionTwo German officers with a captured British Army Mark II female tank. This tank's serial number 586 is visible on the rear of the left hand side. The tank is from British unit No. 11 Company, D Battalion and took part in the Battle of Bullecourt on 11 April 1917. Although some sources claim this tank had penetrated as far as Riencourt and Hendecourt, it is now known to have been disabled near the German trench lines and left behind on the battlefield. This image, copied from a German photographic postcard and taken soon after the battle, shows the significant shell damage sustained by the front of the tank. The sponson is camouflaged in a splinter pattern. Some sources indicate that a number of MkII tanks fitted with MkI sponsons were used in the attack. Cleats for improving traction over mud had been fitted to the tracks giving an irregular shape to them.