Saturday, 5 November 2016

The Matilda Tank By BB

The Matilda on a railway bogie.

 They were captured and put to use by the Germans in the constant slog of desert warfare.

A turret-less Matilda, converted by the Germans in the desert war. It was a war of repairing scrap and all sides were employed in it.

The recapture of a British Matilda, captured previously by the Germans somewhere in North Africa 1942. The German facing the camera seems to be smiling perhaps he realized he had survived it all.

Camouflage in the factory dressing up a tank to look like a truck.

                                       I personally always like the look of this tank.

                                                              SHORT LIVED
                                                            THE    U. S. S. R

                              Regards from the girls who painted the tanks at the factory.

                                      The Matilda Tank used by the Russians in 1942.

A Matilda tank upside down in the snow a poor quality picture but one I just had to include.
There is another likewise in the same position in the snow. Perhaps they fell from a moving train?

This caught my imagination good and proper and so onward went the search for more photographs  of that time period. It must be mentioned that the Matilda Tank was not at all liked by those soldiers who served time in using them,but Russia,needed arms badly and Britain diverted these tanks to help the Russians combat the Germans at that time. Britain was still engaged in a slogging match fighting the Germans and Italian forces in North Africa when the decisions  were made to load ships up with vital war supplies for an Allie few put trust in. It was a hard call for the British Government to make,and much of  the information of those days and decisions made are still under raps in Official Secrets sealed up tight.
The great loss involving merchant shipping and fighting ships and the men who served on them was an icy reality! Very few survived from sinking`s caused by German U Boats, Surface ships and  Aircraft attacks. Many a Convoy never overly protected even though U boats had been tracked via the ongoing British Secret Programme ULTRA! That remained secret until 1975.

So here is a Russian train being unloaded and the Matilda`s would be very sort lived. Britain and Allies from her Commonwealth could have used these in the desert war that`s for sure. Another sure thing was that these tanks were never designed for winter warfare in Russia. They constantly broke down,but soldiers serve with the arms given them and they had no say upon such matters.

                                                        A RUSSIAN TRAIN

    The unloading captured in pictures for the benefit of others playing the propaganda war.

                                                                Moving forward

   A hurried snap taken captures this moment in time. It appears that they are under heavy enemy fire.

 The Matilda,was designed as an infantry support tank and the Russians certainly used it as such.
So as these frozen in time pictures show the Russian advance i  draw this item to a close. BB


  1. You are most welcome Michal. Thanks for commenting BB

  2. Nice post and nice pics for a famous vehicle BB!

    1. I agree Phil,very famous tank. As a novelty it could be used by War-Gamers with German Armour,or the Russian Army. BB

  3. That was real nice to see John Wayne Everett,giving me a friendly visit here and comment too.
    Kindred Hands across Oceans,Vast Rushing Rivers and the dry rough tumble weed of America. BB

  4. Some great photos there BB!


    1. You are most welcome Aaron. Very nice of you to comment. BB