The MkVIII was the last of the rhomboid heavy tanks developed during World War One. It was a collaborative effort between the US, UK and France. With the UK providing the armour plate and guns while the US provided the engine and automotive parts. The tanks were to be assembled at a factory in France - all in time for the planned offensives of 1919.
But the war ended and orders for thousands shrank to hundreds and the French factory went unfinished. Some MkVIIIs did, however, see service with the US Army during the interwar period. In this video we explore the development and history of one of World War One's lesser known but most interesting tanks.
You can check out the accompanying article for this video here - http://armourersbench.com/2020/04/12/mkviii-international-heavy-tank
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