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"British Matilda tanks" Artist unknown, Post-1942. Watercolour, gouache and pencil on board.

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British Matilda tanks

"British Matilda tanks" Artist unknown, Post-1942

Catalogue ref: INF 3/1565Links to the Catalogue


Concept art of British Matilda tanks rolling through the Western Desert (which the Allies invaded in late1942), whilst a German Panzer Mk III (with soldier surrendering) goes up in flames. Of interest are the coloured pennants flying from the tank turrets, which were used to denote commanders' vehicles and also different troops within armoured squadrons and regiments when wireless communication was still rudimentary.

The image was used in at least two posters: ‘Back them up' INF 13/123Links to the Catalogue (Piece 25), and ‘Thank you Sierra Leone'