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4 April 2010‎ 92.3.148.109[edit]

The Male had two 6-pdrs and four Lewis Guns, not two Lewis Guns. - Wilfrid Miles, Official History of the Great War, Military operations, France and Belgium, Volume III, The Imperial War Museum Department of Printed Books (1948), pp.385

Number of Lewis Guns.[edit]

The Mk IV carried four (Male) or six (Female) machine guns but was fitted with mountings for and could deploy only three and five respectively; in the case of the Male, one in the cab and one in each sponson, and one in the cab and two in each sponson for the Female. The extra one was a spare. There was no mounting for another machine gun until the Mk V, which incorporated one in the rear panel. It's a common misunderstanding. To say it "carried" four or six is somewhat misleading.

It could do with changing in the factbox thingy.

Hengistmate (talk) 16:32, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

moved from article[edit]

this was placed in the See also, though it is a comment on the survivors section. I moved it here in case anyone else has an opinion.

"The tank at Aberdeen cannot have taken part at Arras as the museum claims as only Mk I and Mk IIs were available. The Mk IV first saw acction some months later at Massines as the main part of this areticle correctly identifies. The Museum also claims that this tank was formerly the Mk IV tank Britannia used to tour the USA and Canada. Unfortunately Britannia had a cab roof hatch (seen in numerous photos) and the tank at Aberdeen does not) There are other differences. The tank at Aberdeen is probably one of a number of MKIVs supplied to the USA at the end of WW1 for training purposes. Britannia was shipped to Camp Colt in 1919."

This text is lifted from a posting I made in the Great War Forum. I have been doing considerable research on Britannia - she would seem to have ended her life as a result of experiments carried out by the 301st tank battalion into the effect of demolition charges on tanks in the early 1920s

Robert Robinson (Centurion) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.6.44.230 (talk) 13:51, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

GraemeLeggett (talk) 14:12, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Question on Shape[edit]

How come it's shaped like a parallelogram? Would it flip over intentionally if it fell into a trench, and then keep moving upside down? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Carnivorousfungi (talkcontribs) 12:08, 31 October 2012 (UTC)

The usual term for this tank shape is "rhomboidal" and the vehicle was designed like that to give it excellent trench-crossing ability, as some of the German trenches were much wider than just a simple trench.
Unfortunately no, it wouldn't work upside down as there is a conning tower at the top-front of the hull for the commander and driver. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 95.145.115.91 (talk) 17:50, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

Oh Contraire[edit]

Why does this page on the Mark IV say it was used by Britain, and not Germany? It was Germany's most numerous tank. [1], [2], [3]. O'Contraire (talk) 03:08, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

That is explained in the section entitled "Service". Hengistmate (talk) 08:11, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Still worth adding to the info box. Also their service in Estonia, if this is ever sourced and cleared up (IV vs V). Andy Dingley (talk) 10:57, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Still worth adding to the info box. Then go ahead, with my full support. Also their service in Estonia, if this is ever sourced and cleared up (IV vs V) I'm afraid I don't really understand this. Is there someone who thinks that Mk IVs might have been used in or by Estonia? Good heavens. Hengistmate (talk) 16:15, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Edits by 187.38.76.30, 24 Sept., 2013.[edit]

I'm not sure why this edit has been made. It is rather badly written, and makes points about the Renault FT, a completely different vehicle that has its own, very full Wikipedia article. The grammar of this edit is not of Wikipedia standard. I'm removing it. Hengistmate (talk) 11:18, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Perhaps unusually, I would agree with you. Andy Dingley (talk) 12:37, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

File:MarkIVFemaleTankAshfordKent.jpg to appear as POTD[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File:MarkIVFemaleTankAshfordKent.jpg will be appearing as picture of the day on November 27, 2014. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2014-11-27. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page. Thanks! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 01:33, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

Mark IV tank
The Mark IV tank was introduced by the British in May 1917 to fight in World War I. The "female" version, as pictured here, was armed with five machine guns. Production of the Mark IV ceased at the end of the War in 1918. A small number served briefly with other combatants afterwards.

This Mark IV tank, on display in Ashford, Kent, was presented to the town after the end of World War I. The engine was removed to install an electricity substation inside it, though this substation was subsequently removed; the tank's interior is now empty.Photograph: Peter Trimming


Perhaps time could be better spent improving both the English and the historical accuracy of the article on the Mk IV. Both leave a great deal to be desired. Hengistmate (talk) 12:46, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ German Panzers 1914 - 18 by S. Zaloga
  2. ^ British Mark IV Tank by D. Fletcher
  3. ^ Tanks of the World 1915-1945 by P. Chamberlain and C. Ellis