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#1 09-09-2018 02:02:50

Markus
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Registered: 24-10-2014
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Sole Surviving German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen - Mephisto

As part of the events to recognise the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI, in November this year the Queensland Museum
(here in sunny Brisbane Australia) will be opening the new ANZAC Legacy Gallery.

The centerpiece of the Gallery will be ‘Mephisto’ the only surviving German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen.  The tank
was captured near Villers-Bretonneux in France in 1918 by members of the 26th Battalion AIF.

Mephisto has been displayed at the Queensland Museum since 1919; and for a short time more recently at the  Australian War Memorial in Canberra.   

Mephisto recently underwent extensive conservation work and during this evidence of its use in battle was found.  This includes on the underside
of the tank a bullet strike mark, where it is believed an Allied soldier fired a round from a trench as the tank passed overhead!

Anyway, here are some photos wink  Regards Markus

The vehicle in France in 1918.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto_2.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto_old.jpg

Arriving in Brisbane in 1919.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto_arrives_brisbane.jpg

Examination of the impact of rounds by Qld Police Forensics - so the complete history can be accurately recounted!
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto_bullets.jpg

Undergoing restoration work.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto_undergoing_restoration.jpg

Some shots since restoration.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto_5.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto_front.jpg http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto_symbol.jpg

http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto_-_rear.jpg

Mephisto being carefully brought back into the Qld Museum earlier in 2018 in preparation for opening of the new ANZAC Legacy Gallery.
http://afrikakorps.forumcrea.com/img/avatars/afrikakorps/big/2587_mephisto-3.jpg

And the technical details:

MEPHISTO SPECIFICATIONS
• Weight: 33.4 tonnes (73,700 lbs)
• Length: 8 metres (26 ft 3in)
• Width: 3.2m (10ft 5in)
• Height: 3.3m (10ft 10in)
• Range: 40km (25 miles)
• Speed: 16 km/h (10mph) – with ‘tail wind’
• Armour: 10-30mm
• Crew: 18

Source: http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/About+Us/Media … 5NNUYV4KX1

Some further information on this vehicle can be found on Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mephisto_(tank)

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#2 09-09-2018 09:38:27

KeithTurner
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Re: Sole Surviving German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen - Mephisto

Marcus thank you for posting this interesting thread...

Enjoy the hobby, Keith

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#3 09-09-2018 15:53:06

Rebbaron55
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Re: Sole Surviving German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen - Mephisto

Awesome! Especially love the individual marking of the Devil and his surf board like British Mk4 tank?! Thank you for posting!   Barron

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#4 10-09-2018 00:15:40

Markus
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From: Australia
Registered: 24-10-2014
Posts: 594

Re: Sole Surviving German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen - Mephisto

Thanks Keith and Barron for the comments.  Yes Barron surf's up!   I'm going to take a visit when the new display is open in November.

I'll take the camera with me wink

Regards Markus

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#5 07-10-2018 08:39:54

msteve21
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From: Australia
Registered: 05-12-2011
Posts: 580

Re: Sole Surviving German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen - Mephisto

I saw the ‘Mephisto’ when it was on display last year at the Australi8an War Memorial, amazing piece of Militia

Look forward to seeing you pics Markus when the new display is opened

MSteve


Collector of DAK & Panzer Militia
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