This picture commemorating the final crew of the Deborah D51 – a British WW1 female MkIV tank – was commissioned as a gift for Philippe Gorczynski, the man who was instrumental in the rediscovery and excavation of the tank in 1998, which had lain buried for 81 years.
The tank was taking part in the Cambrai operations in the village of Flesquières on 20th November 1917 when she was hit by five German shells, tragically killing five of her crew members. Her commander, Frank Heap, was later awarded the Military Cross for guiding his two remaining crew members to safety from behind enemy lines.
For more information about the crew members of the Deborah D51 visit Philippe’s website.
This picture, with Philippe’s kind permission is now available to buy as a limited edition print through my online shop. For every print sold a donation will be made to the funding of a purpose-built museum in which the tank will be preserved and protected, as befits her Historical French Monument status.