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Matilda Infantry Tank
Illustrated by Peter Sarson

Infantry Tank Mark II, Matilda Mark III, Griffin, No.4 Independent Troop, Malta Tank Squadron, Royal Tank Regiment; 1942

The tank detachment on Malta adopted a curious camouflage scheme dictated by local conditions. Much of the island being exposed and bare the most common feature was the stone walling that lined the roads and surrounded the fields, so the vehicles were painted to blend in with this. Other markings were entirely absent except for individual tank names which they seem to have retained from their previous service. At least three Matildas are know to have served on Malta.

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