The German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen was Germany’s first tank and a direct result after seeing the limited success of the British’s Mark I tank during the operations around Flers-Courcelette in the Somme during the 15th of September 1916. The first prototype was completed in 1917 and an order for 100 vehicles was placed later that year. The vehicle was well armed, but suffered from poor mobility when moving across off-road conditions, most likely due to its poor ground clearance and shape, as well mechanical breakdowns.
Roughly 20 A7V were ever built and during March 1918 they contributed to the very first tank on tank combat in history when they went up against British Mark IV’s. Some captured A7V’s were later used by Poland.
Armament: x1 57mm Main Gun & x6 (or 7) 7.92mm MG
Armour: 30mm steel (frontal)
Crew: Up to x18
Dimensions: Length 8m / Width 3.05m / Height 3.3m
Weight: 30 tonne
Engine: x2 100hp Daimer-Benz 4-cylinder petrol
Top Road Speed: 12.8km/h
Operational Range: 40km +