asked the Secretary of State for War when the German Mark IV tank, equipped with a 76-mm. gun, firing a 14-pound shell, with effective range of 3,000, was first used against our forces in Egypt and Libya?
The hon. Member is doubtless referring to the 7·5 cm. gun which has been the main armament of the German Mark IV tank since the beginning of the war. An improved version of this gun was fitted to a proportion of these tanks and was encountered in action for the first time in September of last year.