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badwargamer10 Jan 2021 12:38 p.m. PST

Hi I'm hoping that some of you with a bigger library than myself can assist with when following query.
I'm trying to put a list together of the names on the Matilda 1s in the 4th and 7th BEF. I know they either begin with D or G but can't find a comprehensive list anywhere.

khanscom10 Jan 2021 3:07 p.m. PST

Osprey's New Vanguard volume on the Matilda has a profile of MkI of 4th RTR "Derwent". Photos also of 4th RTR "Dreadnought" and "Dolphin".

khanscom10 Jan 2021 3:12 p.m. PST

A photo in Chamberlain and Ellis "British and American Tanks of WWII" shows a MkI with serial T8106 (partially obscured but probably this #) marked "Demon". Probably from 4th RTR.

badwargamer11 Jan 2021 1:20 a.m. PST

Thanks for the names so far. I did find a link to a site but it was defunct and not on the waymarked engine. So I'm guessing there is a record somewhere! Happy with any odd names. I have twelve tanks to label so if I can get twelve it will be good!

badwargamer11 Jan 2021 2:11 a.m. PST

This is what I have so far.

4th RTR beginning with D

DEMON
DRASTIC
DEOCH
DERWENT
DREADNOUGHT
DOLPHIN
DRAKE
DUCK
DAFFODIL
DYNOSAUR

7TH RTR
GROUSE
GOSSIP
GLENLYON
GIGGLE

Not a bad start. As I said I only have to paint twelve tanks. I think I'd like to have six of each regiment if possible….but he more names the better to choose from, and it may help others looking for the same info. I have seen a model matilda 2 painted up as DRAKE, which is either a mistake or the name was recycled…probably the former.

King Monkey11 Jan 2021 4:58 a.m. PST

4th RTR:
Derwent
Demon " B Coy"
Devil "B Coy"
Duck "A Coy"
Dennis "B Coy"
Dreadnaught
Destroyer
Dundee
Donovan
Dynamite
Drastic "B Coy"
Dolphin
Dowager
Daffodil
Dahlia
Daisy "C Coy"
Daring
Dauntless
Dazzle
Defender
Deoch "B Coy"
Determined
Dingo "C Coy"
Discovery "C Coy"
Dorothy
Drake
Dromedary
Duchess
Durham "A Coy"
Dynosaur "C Coy"

King Monkey11 Jan 2021 5:03 a.m. PST

7th RTR:

Giggle "A Coy"
Grouse
Gort "B Coy"
Glenlyon "D Coy"
Glasgow "D Coy"
Giraffe
Gourock "D Coy"
Gnat
Gossip
Galashiels
Gairloch
Ghurka
Gallant
Gamelin
Garbo "B Coy"
Glenorchy "D Coy"
Glenstrae
Goliath
Grumble "A Coy"

All taken from Armor camouflage & markings of the British Expeditionary Force France 1939 – 1940 Part 1: 1st Army Tank Brigade by Robert Geregory

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badwargamer11 Jan 2021 5:22 a.m. PST

Wow that's fantastic. I was hoping it was in a book somewhere. Thanks so much for that!

jdpintex11 Jan 2021 7:55 a.m. PST

Great looking reference. Not sure that it's worth $100 USD though.

King Monkey11 Jan 2021 7:59 a.m. PST

Only set me back 25 quid or so

Legion 411 Jan 2021 8:36 a.m. PST

thumbs up

Griefbringer12 Jan 2021 3:26 a.m. PST

Quite a variety in the names!

Not sure I would want to ride into battle in a tank named Giggle or Gossip, though. Actually, I am not sure that I would want to ride into battle in a Matilda I tank in the first place, though by 1940 standards they had moderately good armour protection.

emckinney12 Jan 2021 2:21 p.m. PST

"though by 1940 standards they had moderately good armour protection."

Uh, you do realize that they were essentially little blocks of iron with a lawnmower engine crammed in?

60mm of hull armor all-round, the front heavily sloped. Turret 65mm all-round. Laughs at the German 37mm guns.

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