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The Infantry Tank Mark II (sometimes referred to as Matilda II, Matilda senior, by General Staff Specification A12, Waltzing Matilda, or simply an 'I' tank) was a British infantry tank of the Second World War. It served from the start of the war to its end and became particularly associated with the North Africa Campaign. It was replaced in service by the Infantry Tank Mk III Valentine tank. With its heavy armour the Matilda II was an excellent infantry support tank, but with somewhat limited speed and armament. When the earlier Infantry Tank Mark I which was also known as "Matilda" was removed from service the Infantry Tank Mk II became known simply as the "Matilda".

Matilda II in The War That Came EarlyEdit

While the upgraded Matilda II could match Panzer IIIs and IVs, it proved to be seriously outclassed by the Tiger Tank. In their first encounter, Matildas could not get close enough to be able to penetrate the Tiger's armour and were methodically destroyed by its lethal 88mm main gun.[1]


  1. Two Fronts, pgs. 289-290.

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