Saturday, 12 March 2016

More Pathe News

Two interesting clips which have recently been posted on the VBCW Forum. The first is called Battle of the Machines - Longer Version 1930


 It has some great pictures of loads of Vickers Medium IIs, from the Salisbury Plain Northland?Southland exercises. Clearly the crews preferred being on their tanks rather than in them where possible. No sign of lances with the cavalry. It is also particularly interesting to see the Carden Loyds with the QF 3.7" howitzer - it looks like two Carden Loyds per dun, one towing the gun on its tracked trailer, the other the crew in a tracked personnel trailer. It is particularly interesting to see the guns being loaded onto the tracked trailers for motorised towing - they seem able to get into/out of action very quickly.

The second is Tanks 1935


 This has interesting shots of two Medium Mark IIIs and is very helpful for vehicle markings etc. At c3.15 it has what seems to be an MG-only armed command Mark II, which I have never come across before.


  1. Nice finds there! As you say helpful for vehicle markings, especially as they changed substantially between 1930 and 1935. I'd also read that only one Medium III was accepted for service, so that is obviously not correct judging by this.

  2. I believed three built and possibly one of these had mild steel armour, but I'm not sure where i got this impression from - will need to check a few books. Sheer quantity has a quality all of its own doesn't it?