The Mark IV was built from 1917 in the workshops of the Foster Company in Lincoln; it is an improved version of the Mark II.
Weight: 26.5 tons
Length: 8.5 meters
Width: 3.2 meters
Height: 2.49 meters
Engine: Daimler 105 hp.
Fuel consumption: somewhat less than one gallon to the mile
Speed: between half and 5 km (3.1 miles) per hour according to where situated
Armament: Female tank: 5 Lewis machine guns
Crew: 8 men: a driver, a crew commander/front machine gunner, 2 gunners (cannons), 2 rear machine gunners, 2 speed regulators/ ammunition suppliers
Clearing of obstacles:
Height: about 1.35 meters
Width: about 3 meters
Range: a maximum of 38 km.
Named Deborah (D 51 Evil) it is a Mark IV female weighing 28 tons. Constructed at Lincoln, it was shipped and took part in the Battle of Cambrai (November 20 – December 6).
The main entrance is a double door located under the four lateral towers. The tank tracks are covering the sides and the gas reservoir is outside to reduce the fire risk. A eight-man crew could fit inside. The tank was commanded by Second Lieutenant F.G.Heap.
Drafted in October 1916, the fabrication process started in march-april 1917. The mass use of tanks during the Battle of Cambrai is part of the strategy of General Julian Byng, commander of the British Third Army.
Those tanks were going to be used to penetrate the Hindenburg Line which was apparently impregnable. Despite the success of the first days of fighting - the tanks caused confusion and considerable damage among the defending German forces - the German Army struck back on November 30th. A vicious counterattack inevitably followed and tragically Deborah took a direct hit from five German shells which killed five of her eight-man crew. They were buried locally in Flesquières Hill British Cemetery. All the territories regained were lost again.