British Mark V recovered from Le Hamel; 1918 Somme battlefield.
These parts were recovered in 2015 from the site of a destroyed British mark V tank in woods on the outskirts of Le Hamel; an area which several British Tanks were lost during the battle on that Summer Day.
The Mark V Tank made its combat debut during the battle at Le Hamel where approximately 60 tanks, many of them British mark V’s successfully supported Australian and American troops during battle and captured the Village. The mark V tanks were used in eight major actions before the end of the war.
The Battle of Le Hamel was fought on the 4 July 1918 and was an attack by the Australians supported for first time by American forces with British Tanks. General Sir John Monash, Commander of the Australian Corps, planned for an attack to dislodge the German position on a spur of high ground outside the Village. The frontage of the attack was about 3 miles wide from Villers-Bretonneux village in the south to Le Hamel in the north, with Vaire and Le Hamel woods between these villages. General Monash selected the date of the attack as 4 July as American Independence Day for the date of the attack in honour of the American involvement in this battle. German casualties numbered about 2,000, with another 1,600 taken prisoner. Australian casualties were about 1,400 of whom about 250 were killed. Below a Mark 5 Tank and Australian soldiers beside tank that was disabled in fight for Le Hamel.
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