Medium Mark C Hornet Tank

The medium Mark C Hornet was developed simultaneously with the medium Mark B Whippet and should replace the Mark A on the Western Front and support the Mark IV tanks.


Development and use:

In mid-1918, the British High Command issued instructions to the two developers, Major Walter Wilson and William Titton, to develop a medium-weight tank based on the Mark A. Particularly important in this case, the overcoming was to continue digging, as the German troops had begun to excavate wider anti-tank ditch that could not be overcome with the Mark tanks or the Mark A light tanks. At the same time, however, the length should be reduced so that the vehicles could be transported by rail.

Unlike Major Walter Wilson, Sir William Tritton had asked the crews for their experience and improvements shortly after the introduction of the Mark A in northern France and also exchanged views with the crews of the Mark Panzer. Thus, he had sufficient knowledge that could be used to improve the new Mark C.

For the drive, the new water-cooled Ricardo 6-cylinder petrol engines with 150 hp were selected. This should significantly increase performance and speed. The engine compartment was separated from the crew compartment with a divider as in the case of the Mark B, so that the crew was no longer exposed to the noise and exhaust fumes. In addition, fans were installed behind the tower, which should cool the engine. Speech tubes were also installed, so that the crew could communicate in the now enlarged crew room and the tower. The driver was now placed centrally and could look through a large hatch better and also needed no second man to drive.

Due to the many changes and improvements, the tank was finally larger than planned. It had larger dimensions than the Mark V and was two tons heavier than the Mark B. As with the Mark tanks, a male and a female version was also developed in the Mark C. The male version should get a 6-pounder L / 40 gun in addition to the machine guns. The idea was initially to produce 4,000 female and 200 male tanks, as the British High Command assumed that the war would drag on until 1919.

On April 19, 1918, the prototype was presented to the British High Command. After the successful tests initially 200 female tanks were ordered, later the order was raised to the proposed 4,200 tanks. With the surrender of the German Reich the order was however canceled again.

Until the end of the war no Mark C tank was completed, only 36 were in the final stages of assembly. After the war, these 36 and 14 more were completed and delivered to the 2nd Battalion of the British Panzer Corps. Until 1925, it formed the backbone of the tank units until they were replaced by the new Vickers tanks.

In 1930, the British Mechanical Warfare Experimental Establishment received six Mark C to study and use to develop armored recovery vehicles. At the beginning of the Second World War camped in Bovington camp the last two Mark C copies. These were scrapped due to the scarcity of raw materials.


Medium Mark C Hornet


Medium Mark C Hornet Tank 1919 in Glasgow

Medium Mark C Hornet Tank 1919 in Glasgow


Medium Mark C Hornet



Technical specifications:

Designation: Medium Mark C Hornet Tank
Country: Great Britain
Length: 7,95 meters
Width: 2,72 meters
Height: 2,9 meters
Mass: 19,5 tons
Maximum speed: 13 km/h
Armor: 6 to 12mm
Main armament: 4 x 7,71mm machine guns
Drive: 6-cylinder Ricardo engine with 150 hp
Reach: 195 kilometers
Crew: 4 man






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British Armoured Car Operations in World War I

British Armoured Car Operations in World War I Hardcover – October 12, 2016

Readers have come to expect a level of detail and critical rigor from the established military historian and author Bryan Perrett. They will not be disappointed at all here by this new publication. Focussing predominantly on the British armored car units of World War One, it also untangles many fascinating strands forming the history of modern warfare. Full of detail, it acquaints the reader with the complete history of the armored car, from invention onwards, setting the history of its Great War service career firmly in context. Well written in an accessible style, this publication serves as an impressive tribute to the armored car, one of the most effective weapons utilized by the allies during the course of the Great War.

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British Battle Tanks: World War I to 1939 (General Military)

British Battle Tanks: World War I to 1939 (General Military) Hardcover – August 23, 2016

When British soldiers charged across the Somme in September 1916, they were accompanied by a new, revolutionary weapon--the tank. After a stuttering start, armored behemoths such as the Mark IV, Mark V, and Whippet Tank played a crucial role in bringing World War I to an end.

Marking the centenary of their battlefield debut, this comprehensive volume traces the design and development of the famous British weapon system, from the initial concept of a steam-powered tank during the Crimean War, to the role the British military played in creating the infamous German Blitzkrieg tactic of World War II. Bolstered by historic photographs and stunning illustrations, author David Fletcher brings us the thrilling history behind British tanks of the First World War.

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The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car (New Vanguard)

The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car (New Vanguard) Paperback – April 17, 2012

The first Rolls-Royce armoured car was a privately owned vehicle fitted with a machine-gun and a limited amount of armour plate at a dockyard in France. It was used by a squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service in Flanders in 1914. Backed by First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill more and better versions followed until, by 1915 there were about 100 of them which were then handed over to the Army. "They searched the world for War" as Sir Albert Stern said of them and before long there were Rolls-Royce armoured cars operating as far apart as German South West Africa, the Western Desert, Gallipoli, all over the Middle East and the north west frontier of India.

All of them used the classic 40/50hp Silver Ghost chassis. They were fast, silent and reliable but above all strong. "A Rolls in the desert is above rubies" said Lawrence of Arabia and the Duke of Westminster would have agreed with him following his famous raid to rescue the kidnapped crew of the steamship HMS Tara. At least one car accompanied the adventurous MP Oliver Locker-Lampson on his adventures in Russia.

After the war, unable to find a better model the War Office simply copied the original Admiralty design with minor improvements. If that was not enough the Royal Air Force also acquired some to support their operations in the Middle East. A new design with a larger body and dome shaped turret also appeared for service in India. They also served in Ireland and even, briefly in Shanghai.

The 11th Hussars still had Rolls-Royces in Egypt when the war against Italy began and the youngest of these was over fifteen years old when they went into action, but after that their numbers dwindled as newer vehicles came along. But then history repeated itself. Britain was threatened with invasion and a new army of veterans was raised to assist with defence. Some battalions built home made armoured cars, on private chassis and at least three of these were based on Rolls-Royces.

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Armoured Warfare in the First World War (Images Of War)

Armoured Warfare in the First World War (Images Of War) Paperback – March 17, 2017

A hundred years ago, on 15 September 1916, on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme, the tank made its debut on the battlefield. The first tanks were crude, unreliable, vulnerable weapons, but they changed the character of land warfare forever, and Anthony Tucker-Jones's photographic history of these pioneering armored vehicles is the ideal introduction to them.

In a selection of over 150 archive photographs he offers a fascinating insight into the difficult early days of this innovative new weapon, describing its technical history and its performance in combat. While the Battle of Cambrai in 1917 is often held up as the first large-scale tank battle, tanks had already served at Flers-Courcelette on the Somme, during the Nivelle offensive and the battles of Messines and Passchendaele.

His book shows that the development of the tank was fraught with technical obstacles and battlefield setbacks. It was invented by the British and the French at almost the same time to help break the deadlock of trench warfare, and the British deployed it first in 1916. Belatedly the Germans followed the British and French example. The initial designs were continuously refined during two years of intense warfare. Finding the right balance between power and weight, getting the armament right, and working out the best tactics for tanks on the battlefield was a tricky, often deadly business.

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Medium Mark A Whippet (New Vanguard)

Medium Mark A Whippet (New Vanguard) Paperback – May 20, 2014

This title looks at the Medium Mark A Whippet, one of the most successful British tanks of World War I and, when placed alongside existing titles covering the Mark I, Mark IV and Mark V, completes the New Vanguard series' coverage of the major British tanks of the war. The evolution of the Whippet is examined in detail, from design and development to mechanical details and crew duties, and information on the operational use of the vehicle is drawn from war diaries and battalion records. The Whippet was involved in several well-known incidents that will be presented in this volume, including the clash at Cachy on April 24, 1918, the actions of the 6th Battalion tank known as "Musical Box" on August 8, 1918, and Sewell's Victoria Cross-winning exploits with the 3rd Battalion on August 29, 1918. Mention will also be made of the Whippet's involvement with the Tank Corps' expedition to Russia. In addition to this examination of the Mark A Whippet is a study of the other Medium tanks up to the end of the war: the Medium B, Medium C, Medium D and the experimental American Studebaker tank.

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