The Mark I was the world's first tank to enter combat. Born of the need to break the domination of trenches, barbed wire and machine guns over the battlefields of the Western Front, it was the first vehicle to be named "tank", a name chosen as an expedient to maintain secrecy and to disguise its true purpose. It was developed to be able to cross trenches, resist small-arms fire, travel over difficult terrain, carry supplies, and to capture fortified enemy positions.
The unusual rhomboidal shape was to give as long a track run as possible to allow for crossing the wide trenches prevalent on the Western Front battlefields. The heavy tanks were designated "male" or "female" according to the type of armament they carried in the sponsons fitted to their sides.
This little gem is a hand made aluminium model of "male" version of the Mark I tank. It is engraved by possibly the maker Sgt. Baylis and the date of 1914-1919. This model is almost to good to be simply called Trench Art. It is such an iconic object of an even more iconic machine. A true one-of-a-kind piece of history.