Cambrai november 2017, a suprise with 'female' Sponsons!
When we start talking about a 'Male' and 'Female' tank, most people already get a smile on their face. The male with his 'big guns' and the female with the machine guns, so with their 'rattling sound'. Our Damon 2 is of course male, but when we went to Cambrai in 2017 we needed the female version. But what exactly had to change in the tank to change the 'gender'? Those are the "Sponsons"... those projections on either side. The Female Sponges as in this drawing is much narrower and less robust than the male. With the help of some tank experts, Richard Pullen& Peter May from Lincoln we could also name our tank 'Deborah'. They have made wooden Female sponsons for our tank in England so that they are quickly removable and if we rent the tank we can work with these portable sponsons.(Bron tekening 2 sponsons) We drove the tank into the shed of Philippe Gorzynscki in Flèsquire without sponsons to surprise him afterwards! Then we went out with the tank on the Hindenburg Linie, where the big tank battle happened!