Tanks of the First World War

Thu 09 Dec 2010

British Mark IV or the German A7V - which do you think was superior?

Mkiv Vs A7v

To try to break the stalemate of trench warfare, the British produced the tank. It first saw service in 1916 but it was 1918 before the Germans were able to get their first tank into service. These are the main types that saw action during the First World War.


This was an upgraded version of the Mark I tank which moved the fuel to a single tank mounted externally, in attempt to improve crew safety.

Length: 7.9m
Height: 2.49m
Width: 2.63m
Crew: 8
Armament: 2 x 6-pdr. guns and 3 machine guns.
Speed: 3.7 m.p.h. road and country
Radius of action: 35 miles



Introduced near the end of World War One, the German A7V earned the nickname "The Moving Fortress" because of its shape.

Length: 7.34m
Height: 3.05m
Width: 3.29m
Crew: 18
Armament: 1 x 57 mm gun and 6 or 7 machine guns.
Speed: 4 m.p.h. cross country; 8 m.p.h. road
Radius of action: 25 miles


Which do you think was the superior vehicle? Cast your vote, and give us your thoughts in the comments!

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    FIELD MARSHAL16 April at 9:51AM

    i think we were the first to use the tank in battle. we beat the americans 2 it!