Planes, tanks, ships and strategic agility in the theatre of war.
The Memorial’s Mark IV Female tank (serial number 4643) was shipped directly to Australia from the Coventry workshops in Glasgow and arrived in June 1918. From September it was the central feature of War Loan rallies in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. As a fundraising tool it travelled around Australia and thrilled audiences with practical demonstrations that included climbing steep mounds, navigating out of deep holes, and crashing through thick brick walls, fences, and purpose-built structures.
"I met a young man who’d been in the back of a Bushmaster [armoured vehicle] that had blown up. The Bushmaster is the big armoured four-wheel drive vehicle that’s saving a lot of Australian lives, but even so the explosion caused every single young man inside that vehicle to suffer from concussion and one of them was blown out of the gun turret and landed in front of the vehicle among possibly more hidden explosive devices."
Curator: Assistant Curators of Military Heraldry and Technology at the Australian War Memorial.