GWB-02 Medium Mark A Whippet Tank “Caesar II” A259
The Medium Mark A Whippet was a British tank of World War I. It was intended to complement the slower British heavy tanks by using its relative mobility and speed in exploiting any break in the enemy lines. Possibly the most successful British tank of World War I, the Whippet was responsible for more German casualties than any other British tank of the war. Whippets later took part in several of the British Army’s postwar actions, notably in Ireland and North Russia.
At Bapaume, on the 28 August 1918 the Whippet “Caeser II” was under the command of Lt C.H.Sewel , who was to be awarded the V.C. He dismounted from his tank to rescue the crew of another Whippet that had overturned and caught fire, he succeeded, but was killed in the process and awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his bravery.
There are five surviving Whippets today. A 259, Caesar II survives at Bovington Tank Museum, Dorset, Britain, UK.