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German A7V tank - Frank Mitchell MC pictured?

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Readers of the Daily Mail may have seen this colourised image of an A7V in today's paperA7V tank.jpgi

 

The picture is listed as being taken in may 1918; I wonder if it might have been taken closer to the capture of the tank in April 1918. It was presumably one of the three which were engaged on 24 April near Cachy,

  

Amongst the British officers seem to be wearing Tank Corp capbadges and the officer in the rear centre bears a resemblance to Frank Mitchell whose Mark IV that engaged (and drove off) three A7V on 24 April . there is black and white photo of Frank on the back of his book Tank Warfare but it is not good enough to allow a positive identification.

 

My questions are therefore - has anyone seen this photo which includes the names of British and French officers   ?

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There is a Frank Mitchell photograph here. Not sure if it is the Frank Mitchell.

David

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Here is the IWM's B&W version of the photo:

 

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205028723

 

 

No names though.

 

 

Steve.

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David - that Mitchell picture is taken from the rear cover of his book and is well known

 

Steve - thanks for the image from the IWM

 

Most kind both 

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ID: 5   Posted (edited)

Hello!

Unfortunately I can´t say anything about the men, but to the tank.

It´s the 542 "Elfriede".

She belonged to the Abteilung (detachement) 2 in early april 1918.

She was engaged near Villers-Brettoneux on april 24, where she fell in her right side after slipped into a sandpit.

The french salvaged her on may, 15. and was inspected by french and british officers on may 18 in Saleux

After used as a target in Bourron Ground, in october she was shown at the Place de la Concorde.

Probably scrapped in 1919

Edited by The Prussian

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Thanks for the information about Elfriede - much appreciated

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