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UNIQUE ID 1041: MARK IV HEAVY TANK

Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln, Britain

(Location: Transport Gallery)


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Unique ID: 1041
Added to Database: October 2009
Last Edited: 20 March 2012
Type (ID): Mark IV (3715)
Model (ID): Mark IV (3715)
Location Category (ID): Museum of Lincolnshire Life (3580)
Location (ID): Transport Gallery (3581)
Serial Number:
Registration: T179: “T179” originally painted on rear hull sides (now “2179”).
Name: “FLIRT II” painted on glacis.
Other Identification: “F 4” and a ‘four of hearts’ playing card symbol painted on forward sides.
Collection Reference: E1949.326. (Accession 32649, Entry 1949.1039) – Bovington.
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
Wikipedia – Ruston
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage and Wagon Company Limited, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Britain (Primary manufacturer late 1916-late 1917)
2: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Dates unknown)
3: Ruston Gas Turbine Company – Lincoln, England (Restoration – dates unknown)
4: Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, East Midlands, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

The original ‘Flirt II’ was used on three occasions during the Battle of Cambrai. On 20 November 1917 it was the fourth tank of Number 1 section, 16th Company, Sixth (or F) Battalion. Both 16th and 18th Company detrained at the railhead known as New Heudicourt and advanced through Gouzeaucourt and crossed the Blue and Brown lines before returning to the Battalion Rallying Point near La Vacquuerie. The following day the surviving tanks were ordered to Marcoing, on the St Quentin Canal. F4 was late in starting due to a mechanical fault but got away in due course and appears to have crossed the canal before becoming involved in an incident near Flot Farm which resulted in the unditching of another tank. At the end of this day it again went back to the rallying point. Nothing more happened until the evening of the 26th when twenty tanks, including seventeen from F Battalion (one of which was Flirt II) were prepared for action against Bourlon Village on the following day. During that action F4 attempted to tow F13 ‘Falcon II’ but in doing so stripped some gears and was also disabled. With the enemy closing in the crew were forced to abandon the tank, taking their Lewis guns with them, and make their way on foot to the rallying point. During the subsequent fighting Flirt II received a considerable amount of damage, particularly on the left side in rear of the sponson. Even so it was earmarked to be towed away by its German captors. What became of it after that is unclear. Given the state of the hull and some of the gears it seems unlikely that it was restored to running order by the Germans and the chances are that it was cannibalised for spares to keep other tanks going. This tank was marked as Flirt II when it was displayed at the front of the Bovington Tank Museum but whether it was the real Flirt II is unclear, though it is difficult to know why it was given that name if it was not; nonetheless its identity remains open. (Source: Bovington Museum Vehicle Record).
This Mark IV Female was donated by the Bovington Tank Museum to the City of Lincoln. It was restored by Ruston Gas Turbine Company Limited, previously Fosters, the original manufacturers of the tank.


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September 2009

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2124
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040855...
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Front left view
2: Front left view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2125
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040857...
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Left view
3: Left view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2126
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040858...
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Rear left view
4: Rear left view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2127
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040863...
Views: 94
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Rear view
5: Rear view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2128
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040862...
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Rear right view
6: Rear right view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2129
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040864...
Views: 103
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Front right view
7: Front right view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2130
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040868...
Views: 96
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Front view
8: Front view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2131
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040867...
Views: 91
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Front left view
9: Front left view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2132
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040856...
Views: 88
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Close-up of glacis plate
10: Close-up of glacis plate

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2133
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040870...
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Upper rear left view
11: Upper rear left view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2134
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040879...
Views: 89
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Upper rear left view
12: Upper rear left view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2135
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040882...
Views: 87
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Upper front left view
13: Upper front left view

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2136
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040883...
Views: 93
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Lower front left view, photo taken by J. Larkum
14: Lower front left view, photo taken by J. Larkum

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2137
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040892...
Views: 98
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Interior view, showing opposite sponson
15: Interior view, showing opposite sponson

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2138
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040893...
Views: 92
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Interior view, looking forward
16: Interior view, looking forward

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2139
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040897...
Views: 93
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Interior view, looking rearward
17: Interior view, looking rearward

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2140
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040895...
Views: 84
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View through rear door
18: View through rear door

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2141
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040898...
Views: 78
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Markings on sides
19: Markings on sides

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2142
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040871...
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Identification number
20: Identification number

Taken: 27 September 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2143
Added: 1 October 2009
Filename: P1040873...
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July 2006

Rear left view, taken by Jon Bennett
21: Rear left view, taken by Jon Bennett

Taken: 2 July 2006
Contributor: Flickr
Photo ID: 2144
Added: 3 October 2009
Filename: 18012059...
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October 1982

Front right view
22: Front right view

Taken: 26 October 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6689
Added: 6 February 2012
Filename: Scan_Mar...
Views: 120
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