The Germans captured over 170 working MKIV tanks until the end of 1918. Thats why they had to built designated workshops for them [800x556]


No. Their very own A7V had been a construction that is completly different maybe not really better. In accordance with Wiki the A7V was really quite "mobile" but lacked the MKIVs capability to cross trenches. Noises ...



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  • No. Their own A7V was a completly different construction and not really better. According to Wiki the A7V was actually quite "mobile" but lacked the MKIVs ability to cross trenches.
  • Sounds like the problem German tanks had in WWII, except instead of trenches it was the smaller bridges throughout Europe due to their weight.
  • Late War German Tanks, main those even bigger than the Tiger I had these problems.
  • even tigers had difficulty
  • Yes, but a majority of bridge vs massive for the 60+ ton tanks.
  • yeah, it could only cross trenches of 2m width.
  • the development of the A7V began before they had captured any tank, although from front line reports they correctly derived the steering mechanism. the crazy part: they only built 23 A7Vs including the prototypes.
  • why did they manage to capture so many? did they break down and get abandoned? was it easy to swarm them and kill the occupants? were they just used badly and thus easy to overwhelm? or was it easy to disable them without totally destroying them?
  • It is a mix of tactics and mechanical failure. Gases would build up in the crew compartment which would poison the crew, As well fire inside the compartment would make the crew flee. Also broken drive sets or tracks would also leave tanks stranded behind German lines (after they counter attacked). Lastly Commanders didn't really understand the proper use of tanks, so the combined arms approach that was used in the second world war, hadn't even been though of yet.
  • This is interesting. I didn't think there were a great number of tanks in service during WW1. Seems like the number was far greater than I imagined.
  • The western front stretched 400 miles with 2 million German troops alone stationed there, 1 million German troops were transferred from the east and used during the 1918 spring offensive. Yeah, there were a lot of tanks, planes, artillery to support those men
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