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Type Tankette
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Production history
Designer Sir Giffard Le Quesne Martel
Manufacturer Morris Motors[1]
Produced 1927
Number built 8
Variants 1-man and 2-man variants
Weight 2.25 long tons (2.29 t)[2]
Crew 1-2 depending on model

Armour 0.3 in (7.6 mm)[3]
3-pounder 47mm cannon[4]
Four x Vickers machine guns[4]
Engine Morris Motor
16 bhp
Speed 30 mph (48 km/h) on road

The Morris-Martel was a British inter-war tankette developed from prototypes designed by Lieutenant-General Sir Giffard Le Quesne Martel. Intended for reconnaissance, eight were constructed for the Experimental Mechanized Force and were tested against experimental models of the Carden Loyd tankette - built by John Carden and Vivian Loyd as a response to Martel's work - on Salisbury plain in 1927.[5] The project was abandoned after testing with the Carden Loyd design chosen instead,[6] however during its short existence the tankette attracted "quite a lot of publicity" and was a pioneer of the tankette concept.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ford (1997) p. 25.
  2. American Defense Preparedness Association (1930). "Morris-Martel Tank". pp. 27. 
  3. American Defense Preparedness Association (1931). "Morris-Martel Tank". pp. 27. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Forty (1984) p. 42.
  5. Harris (1995) p. 210.
  6. "CROSSLEY MILITARY VEHICLES AFTER WW1". CROSSLEY MOTORS LTD. http://www.crossley-motors.org.uk/history/military.html. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  • Harris, J. P. (1995). Men, Ideas, and Tanks: British Military Thought and Armoured Forces, 1903-1939. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719048141. 
  • Ford, Roger (1997). The world's great tanks: from 1916 to the present day. Barnes & Noble. ISBN 0760705933. 
  • Forty, George (1984). A photo history of tanks in two world wars. Blandford Press. ISBN 0713712163. 

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