There are no confirmed and based on documents info about purchase and delivery od Matilda A11 tank to Poland before WWII. Old reliable publications don't mention about A11 at all. Many new monographies and articles were published in recent years but still there are no info about Matilda tank. It doesn't mean that this tank was not delivered but I would be very careful with claims that Poland received such tank.
axiswarlordhcv wrote:Following is an excerpt from Militaria No 277 - Polska 1939, Vol I.
Bibliography published by this book is outdated in part about Polish tanks. But more important is that Polish text and English translation are slightly different. Below is the same paragraph in Polish and in English and it's clear that English text is shorter and less detailed
Part underlined with red is about low speed and weak armament of tested French tanks. Matilda A11 was slower and was armed with machine gun only and it's clear that this tank was inferior when compared with Renault R35 and Hotchkiss R35. I can't explain why anyone would like to waste time and test tank worse than tanks already considered to be poor.
axiswarlordhcv wrote:Capt'd Matilda I in Poland Image (another different view of #834) below:
I'm sorry but this particular tank was part of BEF and is clearly visible on this photo:
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