EXCAVATOR giants JCB helped TV personality Guy Martin to engineer an Armistice Day tribute to the role of tanks during World War One.
The truck mechanic came up with the idea of producing a replica of a Mark IV tank to mark the centenary of a battle in which the machine was first deployed.
And he turned to engineers and welders at JCB to help turn his dream into reality in time for the special anniversary.
Now the story of the tank and its modern-day recreation will be told in a Channel Four documentary to be screened on Sunday, November 19 (8pm).
Staff at the company rose to the challenge in double-quick time with the profile parts cut, rolled and bent into shape at the JCB Heavy Products factory in Uttoxeter before being welded together at the Rocester headquarters.
The huge team effort ensured the tank could take part in a moving tribute in Northern France on Armistice Day – Saturday, November 11.
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