Fosters were an agricultural machinery manufacturer in Lincoln, their Traction Engines and threshing machines were world-renowned and had worked with Hornsby's of Grantham on the development of tracked vehicles. Foster’s heavy Daimler tractors were already being used to move howitzer guns and other heavy equipment to and on the battlefield.
The Lincoln number 1 - This machine was developed in August 1915 and known as "Little Willie" after Sir William Tritton.
Mother - Officially named "His Majesty's Landship Centipede". It first ran on 12th January 1916, it was tested at Burton Park near Lincoln and Hatfield, Hertfordshire. It is the predecessor of all British heavy tanks.
Tanks were in full production in Lincoln by 1916, the original designs being improved as expertise and experience of using them grew, much of the production was outsourced to other engineering companies who had greater capacity, although Fosters were called upon to build tanks in World War II.
Mark II & III - Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commander in Chief, placed an order for 1,000 tanks. These were delivered between January and March 1917.
|Mk IV Tank|
Tanks fitted with machine guns were known as "female", those armed with six-pounder guns "males"
|Daphne at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life|
Article originally posted on Wordpress 15-08-2013