Winnies winner. The Churchill Tank

So inspirational and so revered was the British war leader Winston Churchill that the army decided to name a make of tank after him. The Churchill was to become the mainstay of the British infantry throughout the duration of the second world war. Of you’d like to get an idea of what it’s like to drive a tank, not a Churchill I’m afraid then Tank driving days are the thing for you. Try to get an idea of what’s involved.

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It had something of a rocky start as it was made quickly, too quickly in fact so that it was seriously under matched against the German Panzers. There is an old saying that you fight the current war the way you should have fought the last one. This was true of the Churchill. The Allies expected a trench based protracted affair with armies pitch up against each other. The German Blitzkrieg tactics so changed that. Churchill actually joked that when they found out it was useless they named it after him. It was really to do with the fact that Churchill was the driving force behind the use and development of the tank in the First World war. The Churchill was designed to move over rocky and difficult ground like say the mess of no mans land. A radical change was needed.

The troops got that with the Mark Seven version. It was soon being shipped over to North Africa and even some were sent to the Soviets to help as they looked to mass produce the T-34 and by themselves some time. The real strength of the Churchill was its ability to cross pretty much any terrain thrown at it. The lack of trench warfare, but the preparation for it, did prove to be useful in the beaches and hedgerows and sunken roads of Normandy in France when the Allies were desperately trying to gain a foot hold in the country and establish the all important second front. One of the other success of the tank is that it was incredibly versatile. It was established early on that a multifunctional role was essential for the tank so that the Army could rely on it to perform several tasks without the need for lots of different vehicles. With wartime production at a premium the need to streamline production was essential to winning the war. The tank could build bridges, lay military roads, sweep for mines and have a its front guns replaced depending on the requirement and how well equipped the enemy they faced were. It could also have a rather unpleasant flame thrower added to clear away personnel.

Its to be assumed that, in the end Churchill was pleased with his tank namesake like him it was a contributing factor to the Allies success in World War two.