The Tank Factory – British Military Vehicle Development and the Chobham Establishment

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Technical lecture
29 October 2020 19:30 - 20:30
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The United Kingdom invented the tank and was responsible for campaign-winning tactics, yet by the start of World War II had fallen well behind other nations in the design and build of armored vehicles. William Suttie tells the history of tank design from a government perspective and how the situation during World War 2  resulted in the formation of the Fighting Vehicles Research and Development Establishment at Chertsey which developed world leading vehicles and technologies throughout the Cold War.

This lecture has been arranged and will be hosted by the IMechE Germany Group (in conjunction with the IMechE events team).

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The Tank Factory (workcast link)


William Suttie worked as a scientist for the UK Ministry of Defence for over thirty years, mainly working on military vehicle research and technology. He started work at the Military Vehicles Research and Engineering Establishment in 1978 and worked there until it closed in 2002.


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