From The Tank Museum: Exclusive Haynes Manuals Reprinted

Photo Credit: The Tank Museum
Photo Credit: The Tank Museum

The Matilda Haynes Manual, published by Haynes exclusively for The Tank Museum, shares an insight into the design, construction, and combat use of the Matilda Infantry Tank from 1937 onwards.

Known by many as Queen of the Desert, the first chapter tells the remarkable story of how the Matilda was born and regarded by the Italians and Germans as a bogey-tank that was nearly impossible to destroy.

As the book continues, it covers the infantry tank concept and the A11 followed by the design and development and then the Matilda at war.

Cover of Matilda tank enthusiast's manual
Photo Credit: The Tank Museum

Trevor Johnson, Retail Development & Visitor Services Manager says, “we are delighted to be working in partnership with Haynes, to bring out this comprehensive guide to the Matilda, packed with images and illustrations.

“The title also covers The Tank Museum’s own incredible journey restoring an eighty-year-old Matilda to pristine, a job not for the faint hearted”.

Overhead view of a Matilda tank
Photo Credit: The Tank Museum

In 2015, The Tank Museum began restoring their Matilda II, a project which was completed in 2018. The manual covers this in detail, sharing specifics on the condition assessment, disassembly process, paint, electrical systems, and much more.

The Matilda Haynes Manual is available to buy from The Tank Museum Online Shop for £16.99.
In addition to the Matilda, The Tank Museum also have a limited amount of other exclusive Haynes Manuals.

back cover of Matilda manual
Photo Credit: The Tank Museum

The rare titles include the Sherman, Churchill, Tiger, and Great War Tank and all give insight to the history, development, production, and role of the most feared battle tanks of the first and second world war.

All of the Haynes Manuals, plus many more are available to buy from The Tank Museum Shop.

About the Tank Museum

The Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset holds the national collection of tanks and brings the story of tanks and tank crews to life.

With over 300 tanks from 26 nations, The Tank Museum holds the finest and most historically significant collection of fighting armor in the world. These range from the world’s first ever tank, Little Willie, through to the British Army’s current Main Battle Tank, Challenger 2.

Nine powerful exhibitions tell the story of armored warfare spanning over 100 years of history. As you explore the Museum’s seven large halls, you come face to face with tanks and hear incredible true stories from the last century.