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UNIQUE ID 688: A12 MATILDA II TANK

U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA

(Location: Display Park)


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Unique ID: 688
Added to Database: December 2008
Last Edited: 21 May 2012
Type (ID): A12 Matilda II (3760)
Model (ID): Matilda II (3760)
Location Category (ID): U.S. Army Ordnance Museum (70050)
Location (ID): Display Park (70060)
Serial Number:
Registration: “T10099”.
Name:
Other Identification:
Collection Reference:
Links: Beutepanzer: bottom picture
Wikipedia: 7th Armoured Division at Sidi Rezegh
7th Armoured Division Engagements 1941: Sidi Rezegh
AFV News: Rommel’s Dash to the Wire
5 Star: APG Matilda
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Location History:
(see map)

1: North British Locomotive Company Limited, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain (Additional manufacturer)
2: Gibraltar Harbour, Gibraltar (Tiger convoy leaves 6 May 1941)
3: Valletta, Malta (Tiger convoy arrives 9 May 1941)
4: Alexandria, Egypt (Tiger convoy arrives 12 May 1941)
5: Sidi-Rezegh – Halfaya Pass, Libya (November 1941 – October 1942)
6: Brooklyn – New York, USA (Transported 1943 – retrieved 1944)
7: U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford County, Maryland, USA (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In USA publication:

According to Ordnance museum publications this Matilda was “lost to the Germans in a battle at Sidi Rezag-Halfaya Pass in November 1941, re-marked by the Germans and used as a pill box at the same pass until recaptured by the British after the battle of El Alemein in October 1942. Sent to the US as part of reverse Lend-Lease scrap shipments in 1943 and diverted from Brooklyn, N.Y. to the museum in 1944” (source: R. Smart, N. Baumgardner via AVFNDB). It was apparently recovered, as a hulk devoid of all usable parts, on its way to a steel mill. Even now there are clear indications of battle damage, including four small calibre hits and penetrations of the skirting plates on the right-hand side. In addition there is a large penetration of the upper left-hand side of the turret mantlet and this strike is likely to be what put the vehicle out of action. A contemporary photograph of a recaptured Matilda shows exactly the same distinctive damage marks on the right-hand side so it clearly depicts the same tank; it is marked with the War Department number T10099 so that identifies this vehicle.
The information that this Matilda was lost in the area of Sidi Rezegh and Halfaya Pass in November 1941 implies that it took part in Operation Crusader, which ran from 18 November to 30 December 1941. The aim of this operation… [edited for space]… It is clear that many Allied tank units were involved in Operation Crusader, however only 4RTR, 7RTR, 42RTR and 44RTR were equipped with Matildas so if it was captured in November 1941 then it is probable that this tank had been in action with one of these units.
An alternative explanation is that this tank was one of a dozen or so Matildas that were left behind Axis lines at the end of Operation Battleaxe (June 1941) and were put into service by the Germans. This could explain why the photograph of it on recapture shows it not in a bunker position, but instead with its engine bay open as though it had broken down in use.
In either case by 1941 the Matilda was starting to be replaced by the Valentine. The last major supply of Matildas to North Africa consisted of 135 vehicles transported on a convoy codenamed ‘Tiger’ that arrived in Alexandria on 12th May 1941. These vehicles were used to equip 4RTR and 7RTR. From photographic evidence, the WD number for this Matilda, T10099, is high compared to other Matildas in service at the time (which were typically of the form T6xxx and T7xxx) so it is credible that it arrived on this convoy and served with either 4RTR or 7RTR.


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June 2007

Front view, photo taken by Mark Pellegrini
1: Front view, photo taken by Mark Pellegrini

Taken: 12 June 2007
Contributor: Wikimedia
Photo ID: 3539
Added: 21 July 2010
Filename: Dig_Mati...
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Right view, photo taken by Mark Pellegrini
2: Right view, photo taken by Mark Pellegrini

Taken: 12 June 2007
Contributor: Wikimedia
Photo ID: 3540
Added: 21 July 2010
Filename: Dig_Mati...
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Right view, photo taken by Mark Pellegrini - damage highlighted
3: Right view, photo taken by Mark Pellegrini - damage high...

Taken: 12 June 2007
Contributor: Wikimedia
Photo ID: 3541
Added: 22 July 2010
Filename: Dig_Mati...
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July 1983

Front right view
4: Front right view

Taken: 9 July 1983
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 919
Added: 13 December 2008
Filename: Scan_Mat...
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Front left view
5: Front left view

Taken: 9 July 1983
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 920
Added: 13 December 2008
Filename: Scan_Mat...
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October 1942

“A German manned Matilda which has returned to British hands the hard way. The panel covering the transmission compartment is open and one of the radiators has been raised”, caption by David Fletcher, Matilda Infantry Tank 1938-45, photo from Beute.narod.ru
6: “A German manned Matilda which has returned to British h...

Taken: October 1942
Contributor: CRFU
Photo ID: 3542
Added: 22 July 2010
Filename: Scan_Mat...
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Right view, damage highlighted
7: Right view, damage highlighted

Taken: October 1942
Contributor: CRFU
Photo ID: 3543
Added: 22 July 2010
Filename: Scan_Mat...
Views: 487
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