Globe War One: The Legend of &#39Musical Box&#39


The Medium Mark A Whippet Tank was an allied tank of Planet War A person. Its design and objective was to exploit the armour of the heavier allied tanks and use its pace and mobility to get a tactical gain on the battlefield.

The Whippet Tank is regarded as to be the most prosperous British tank, and some would say most productive allied tank of the Initial Entire world War. In particular, the Whippet was that successful, the tank was employed in post-war conflicts in Russia and Ireland.

Pursuing considerable trials of the tank, the Whippet was authorized in 1917, and the initially tanks remaining the creation line in October 1917 and delivered to F Battalion of the Tank Corps

The Whippet, because of to its velocity and size was intended for speedy hard hitting injuries.

The Whippets baptism of fire arrived in March 1918 as the Germans launched Kaiserschlacht, a past ditch offensive built to eventually crack as a result of allied traces. The Whippets&#39 most notable action was through the Amiens offensive in August 1918.

While the Whippet&#39s had offered by themselves, the cooperation of tanks and cavalry on the battlefield broke down. Although advancing the Whippets could not maintain rate with the cavalry and when the Whippets were being attacked, the cavalry could not guidance them. Tanks of the 6th struggle collected at Marcelcave in the night of the to start with day of battle. From the authentic compliment of 48 tanks, 40 ended up nevertheless in jogging get. Whilst accounting for the losses, Whippet variety 344 named &#39Musical Box&#39 was missing. The tale of this tank and its crew is the finest single tank action of the entire war.

The crew of Whippet amount 344 underneath the command of Lt. CB Arnold performed the finest mechanical cavalry demand of the war. Shifting off at zero hour on the 8th August with the relaxation of the troops throughout that sector, they handed the railway at Villiers-Bretonneux and someway turned detached from the major force. Arnold became conscious of a pressure of Mark V tanks and Australian Infantry below fire from German artillery. Arnold attacked devoid of hesitation, to start with passing in front of the German guns and then to the rear peppering the gun positions with device gun hearth. The timely attack by Arnold allowed the Australian infantry to move ahead. For the next 9 several hours Arnold and his crew attacked German rear positions, infantry, and wagons. They dispersed a complete fight of infantry in a camp among Bayonvillers and Harbonnieres, destroyed an observation balloon and a transportation column of the German 225.Division.

Pursuing unremitting assault upon the Germans, the circumstances inside Arnold&#39s Whippet turned so difficult that the crew made use of their mouthpieces of their gasmasks for respiration. The destruction of &#39Musical Box&#39 arrived when the Germans cornered Arnold&#39s tank and established it ablaze with artillery hearth. Baling out of the burning wreck, the driver was shot and Arnold and the remaining crewman had been taken prisoner.


Resource by Simon McShannon