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Historian David Fletcher MBE presents the thirty-eighth Tank Chat about the Churchill tank,  the last infantry tank design of the war and one of the most successful British tank designs of the Second World War. This tank is also the last Churchill VII of the production line (sometimes called the Heavy Churchill); it went directly to The Tank Museum, Bovington from the factory, and in terms of mileage, is virtually brand new.

Best known for its heavy armour,  Churchill tank was one of the heaviest Allied tanks of the war. It is important to note that, despite its weaknesses, the Churchill had a significant advantage that was apparent throughout its career. Due to its multiple bogie suspension, it could cross terrain obstacles that most other tanks of its era could not.

The Churchill tank was rushed in to production during the early years of the Second World War. They saw service from the 1942 Dieppe raid, through to North Africa, Italy and Europe.

Churchill VII was the second major redesign from previous models, it used the 75mm gun, was wider, and carried much more armour, even thicker than a Tiger I, giving it the ability to withstand massive amounts of punishment. This version of the Churchill first saw service in the Battle of Normandy, and in total served with three Royal Armoured Corps regiments in western Europe, one in Italy

As some Youtubers have said in their comments on this video, David Fletcher is the perfect presenter for such material. He is the archetypal older British gentleman and is a rock star. I'm totally agree with these statments. HE IS SIMPLY GREAT!!


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