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Male or female?

By xwang
This is not all about photography. From photographic point of view,it is a rather poor photo. It is blured. I tired my best at 1/6sec handheld. Grin
But I do want to show you what I was fascinated by this tank and what I learned in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. I'm not teachnical and I have no interested in weapons, but I was surprised to learn that tanks are divided into male and female. Female tank has four machine guns;Male tank has two machine guns and two 6 pounder guns(canons). This is the first tank in the world. The track system was invented in Lincolnshire in the early 1900's by Richard Hornsby from Grantham. The design was bought by an American company and named "Caterpillar tracks". That's all the information I could give to you, but the only thing that I forgot was to find out if this tank is male or female, and I have no clue by looking at it even I have learned the definition, so I'll leave it to you to decide:Male or female? Grin...Just for fun.

Tags: Photo journalism General Tank Humour and fun

Voters: SlowSong, rayme330, RonnieAG and 6 more

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SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
19 Aug 2012 3:02PM
Well we learn something every day. Smile Can't see any guns so couldn't tell you if it's a lady tank or a man tank, but good info.

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Aug 2012 4:36PM
Looks a fine crisp shot to me and what an interesting subject too, Jasmine, and your narrative is so informative too.
Amazing how tank design has advanced to what we see today.
xwang 8 56 8
19 Aug 2012 6:07PM
Thank you Ronnie. I tired motion blur sharpening on this one. It seems that small file looks better than Large one.
Thank you Chris.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 6:38PM
Fascination shot and info.
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 6:40PM
I'm fairly sure this is a female Mark 4, "F for Flirt II". The six-pounder guns of the males projected further from the sponsons (side projections).
There was a third 'gender' of tank with 6-pounders on one side and machine guns on the other side. Unsurprisingly it became known as a 'hermaphrodite'!!
Flirt II fought at the Battle of Cambrai in 1917.
I believe you have managed very well with the slow shutter speed, as your photograph is at least as clear as any other I can find of the same machine.
xwang 8 56 8
19 Aug 2012 9:43PM
Ah,ha.. we got an expert here.. thank you very much, Bill.
Thank you Chris, Ronnie and Lynne.
20 Aug 2012 9:47PM
A lovely image Jasmine and I think it is sharp. I agree with Bill that it is a female tank
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 5:27PM
I didnt know that thanks for sharing Jasmine. Fascinating. Looks like one from WW1. paul

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