Britain feverishly rushed to contrive to survive early during WWII after their disastrous Dunkirk defeat producing heavy Churchill tanks to help defend their homeland against imminent invasion by Hitler’s Blitzkrieg German forces.
The Churchill tank weighs in at 39 tons with front armor up to 102mm thick making it able to take a lot of hits however, it still is light enough to move although not very fast because it was designed as an infantry support tank moving at their pace unlike lighter more agile German tanks it was fielded up against.
When initially coming off the assembly line this tank had multitudes of teething problems breaking down a lot moreover, it also was armed with an inadequate 6-pdr QF Mark III main gun.
My research found that the Churchill was a replacement for the old obsolete Matilda II, infantry Tank Mk.II, also a very heavy tank able withstand any anti-tank gun in service, almost invulnerable to everything however, its small size prevented any feasible mods to upgrade its gun, a fatal flaw.
I found this interesting, ferocious looking, sample tank nestled amongst many famous tanks of both former foes and friends when visiting the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
I say sample because its appearance is a bit different from other depicted Churchills I have seen however, since it is in Canada and our military once did use some, including those in the ill-fated Dieppe Raid, and modified some perhaps, this is one of them.
Since I don’t recall reading the description plaque about this war machine I assume it may be a late model Mark VII variant.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SURVIVE”.