“Mephisto” A7V goes on display in Canberra

6654296-3x2-700x467According to ABC (Australia), Mephisto, a unique weapon of war and the only surviving German A7V tank from World War I, has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as part of centenary commemorations.  Panzerkampfwagen 506, known as Mephisto, was part of the initial German tank detachment which participated in the first German tank attack at St Quentin in France.  In its second and final battle at Villers-Bretonneux, the Mephisto tank was disabled and abandoned on the battlefield.  Now the rare tank has been moved temporarily to Canberra to mark the 100th anniversary of significant WWI battles.


  1. Indeed Mephisto is the only surviving A7V, any others are replicas. It’s on loan to the AWM from the Queensland Museum. It was restored by the Queensland Rail Yards (Ipswich) after it suffered from water inundation during the 2011 Brisbane floods.


  2. Im sending my GF there this weekend… Thank god she loves WW I history. I’ll have her get some good pics. Thanks for posting this.


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