single-jml.php Vickers Mk.VI A - The American Heritage Museum header.php
content-jml.php

Vickers Mk.VI A

Additional Images
Specs
  • Crew 3
  • Engine Meadows ESTE 6 cyl, 88 hp.
  • Range 130 miles
  • Speed 35 mph road / 25 mph off-road
  • Armor .55 in.
  • Armament 15mm Vickers mg, 7.92 Vickers mg
Media

At the start of WWII, Vickers Mk.VI series tanks were the primary tank of the British Army. Like most pre-war designs, the Vickers Mk.VI was lightly armored and armed with only machine guns – much like its direct German adversary, the Panzer 1.

As a result, combat operations soon proved disastrous against equally fast and far better armed German tanks like the Panzer II and the Czech-built Panzer 38(t). In 1940, of the 400 Vickers VI tanks sent in support of French forces against the German invasion, only 6 made it out of France. However, in North Africa, the Vickers VIs had a better showing. In 1940, during “Operation Compass” against Italian forces in Egypt, 200 Mk.VIs formed the backbone of the British armor, together with 75 Cruisers and 45 Matildas that drove Mussolini’s forces back to the northern tip of Libya.

The Vickers Mk.VI served with the British Army during the Battle of France, North Africa, and in the Far east. The Vickers Mk.VI at the American Heritage Museum is the only one on public display in the United States. It is on display across from the Panzer 1 tank in the War Clouds exhibit.

 

footer.php

MUSEUM OPEN

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. We are following State of MA COVID-19 visitor capacity limits as of March 1st to 50% of maximum museum capacity, allowing up to 500 persons inside the building at any given time and all sanitizing protocols as outlined by the state.