The Infantry Tank Mark II, best known as the Matilda, was a British infantry tank of the Second World War. A total of 409 Matilda IIs were supplied by Britain to the Australian army between 1942 and 1944. The Australian 4th Armoured Brigade used them against Japanese forces in the South West Pacific Area, first in the Huon Peninsula campaign in October 1943. Matilda II tanks remained in action until the last day of the war in the Wewak, Bougainville and Borneo campaigns, which made the Matilda the only British tank to remain in service throughout the war. Designer M Bergman


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