Medium Mark A Whippet – Review

OSPV207I have always been drawn to the more esoteric tanks when it comes to AFV. While most tread heads and rivet counters prefer Tigers, Panthers and Shermans, I on the other hand is more interested in Italian CV33, French FT17 and the Israeli M51 (Isherman).

For The Great War I find every tank interesting. There is the early FT17 with a young officer at the wheel by the name of Patton for one. The use of British Mark V used not only in The Great War but by both sides in the Russian Civil War is also worth studying. The Germans also made an appearance on the battlefield with their A7V, a true land cruiser with a crew of 18 moving across the battlefield at a stately 4 mph.

Yet the most interesting for me is a tank that in many ways a dead end, the Medium Mark A Whippet. With a crew of three and moving along at 8+mph (twice as fast as most other contemporary tanks) this was the tank that would exploit the breakout brought about by the artillery and British Heavy Tanks, or that was the plan for the 1919 Offensive.

This book, Medium Mark A Whippet, by David Fletcher from Osprey Publishing covers the history of this interesting and unique vehicle. The book covers design and use of this tank in great detail as these tanks were used in very few operations. We also see in this book the follow on Medium B, Medium C, Medium D and the experimental American Studebaker tank.

In this story we also see how the Medium Tank was designed to be used, along side cavalry. We also see the difficulties in having horse soldiers working along side mechanized units.

The information for the Studebaker tank is also a nice start for anyone interested in this possible and little known Medium Tank.

The only fault that I can report is the lack of a bibliography.  This is a book worth adding to your library if you are interested in The Great War, tanks or new technology. As it is also available as an eBook it is easy to add to your library.

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