Mephisto – The Last German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen

It seems Mephisto is back in the news these days

Deano's Travels

I recently revisited the always impressive Australian War Memorial in Canberra, which is currently exhibiting an interesting and very rare piece of World War One history. Wander into the ground floor of the large ANZAC Hall and you will be confronted by the mighty Mephisto, the only surviving A7V Sturmpanzerwagen (armoured assault vehicle) Imperial German World War One tank (Mephisto was designated Number 506). The size of the tank is the first thing that will strike you.

German World War One A7V Sturmpanzerwagen Mephisto at the Australian War Memorial German World War One A7V Sturmpanzerwagen Mephisto at the Australian War Memorial (photo taken during my January 2016 visit)

Despite British and French tanks becoming more common on the battlefield from 1916 to mid 1917, this weapon seemed to be an afterthought to German war planners. The German High Command were doubtful of their usefulness and capability on the battlefield until they saw well-coordinated and successful British advances in 1917 with…

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