Following the aftermath of the First World War it was obvious that the world would never be the same again. While this was not true for the vast majority of returning servicemen, who still found the rigidity of the class system and the inequality of society still very much in place for the army it was time for a radical change. The Mechanisation of War was here and there was no stopping it. Armies would have to modernise quickly and it was the German’s with their Panzer’s that did more so than the Britsh and their allies. No one believed there would be a second world war and the British point of view was that it was going to be a trench based conflict and more of the same sort of thing, so they prepared tanks that could deal with the war of attrition that hopefully wouldn’t come. With that in mind they produced the Medium Tank Mark 2 to be a little different. You can’t drive this particular tank but you can try a more modern version Tank Driving Experience by visiting armourgeddon and taking a look.
The Mark 2 was a step away from the heavily armoured massively gunned other tanks of the time. They were little more than mobile cannon at the end of the day whereas the Mark 2 was designed to give the army more flexibility and movement over the battlefield. Rather than have a fixed forward facing gun the Mark two featured a turret that could be rotated to aim at a specific target rather than mess about rotating the whole tank itself which made it vulnerable and also allowed the opposition plenty of time to get away. It was also armed with a vickers machine gun making it very effective against crowds which was handy due to the civil unrest of the General Strike and problems keeping order in the Empire as more and more countries decided they might like to try this independance thing out.
Originally it was thought to be a light tank but the introduction of others below its weight pushed it up the ladder of tank classification. They became the British Armies workhorse and some were even sold to Russia for their conflict against the Finns. However, they proved to be next to useless and a lot were captured. They were used from 1923 until 1935 when with the second world war impending it was clear they were completely out of date compared with the modern tank. This still didn’t stop the high command sending them over to France and North Africa after the supposedly up to date ones found themselves literally blown to pieces by the Panzers of the Wehrmacht. They were better than nothing, although the Eighth Army decided that burying them on the ground and using them as firing positions at Torbruk was a much better use for them. The tank designed to make the army more mobile on the battlefield ended up being static.