3d History

British WW1 MkIV Tan

A British Mk IV Male Tank of World War One.
Crew: 8


Daimler 105 hp petrol engine

Width: 4.33 m (13 ft 9 in)


9.94 m (32 ft 6 in)


2.44 m (8 ft)


28.4 tonnes (28 tons.)

Max speed:

6.4 kph max (4 mph)

Armament: 2 x 6 pounder QF (Quick Firing) + 4 x 0.303" Hotchkiss machine guns

The Mark IV 'Male' tank was a development of the Mk I heavy tank having thicker armour, an external fuel tank at the rear to improve crew safety and rails above to carry an 'un-ditching' beam to be used in the all too common event of the tank becoming stuck in a trench. The design was intended to use an improved engine and transmission than used on the Mk I but due to production difficulties the MK IV entered service in May 1917 with the same engine.

The main armament of  two 6lb guns were mounted in sponsons on the side that could be pushed in to facilitate transport by rail. Just over a thousand Mk IV's were produced of which 420 were the Male variant (the Female had machine guns instead of the 6lb guns)


Some World War One footage from You Tube about tanks.