Matilda Infantry Tank 1938-45

By David Fletcher; Peter Sarson (Illustrator)
(Osprey Publishing, Paperback, 9781855324572, 48pp.)

Publication Date: January 27, 1994

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Description

The Matilda was the principal British infantry tank in the early years of World War II. It served with the BEF in France and later in North Africa, where it earned the title ‘Queen of the Desert’. Outclassed by increasingly powerful German anti-tank weapons, it still remained a power in the South-East Pacific, and was kept in service until the end of the war by Australian forces. In this title, David Fletcher deals with Marks I to V. Development and operational history are discussed, along with service in other countries, including Germany and Russia. Numerous variants are also covered, including the prototype ‘Hedgehog’ bunker-busting weapon.




About the Author

David Fletcher was born in 1942. He has written a number of books and articles on military subjects and is currently the librarian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 30 years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars.

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