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ID number G01534J
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass copy negative
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Bapaume Cambrai Area, Bullecourt
Date made 1917


Two German officers with a captured British Army Mark II female tank. This tank is serial number 586, which 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 Reincourt and Hendecourt, it is now known to have been disabled near the German trench lines. 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.