Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

QLD: Evening Lecture - Presenters Jeff Hopkins-Weise and Greg Czechura "The First World War German Tank Mephisto, and the 26th Battalion: War, Technology and Remembrance"

  • 24 Apr 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks Brisbane


  • RUSIQ Members and Guests

RUSIQ  Evening Lecture

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 1800hrs,  RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane

“The First World War German Tank Mephisto, and the 26thBattalion:

War, Technology and Remembrance”

The fascinating story of the evolution of Armoured Fighting Vehicles, prior to and during the First World War, and the use of “Tanks” by the Allies to try to break the stalemate on the Western Front.

At the capture of Villers-Bretonneaux on 24 April 1918, one of the successful German A7V tanks was “Mephisto”

Abandoned in a shell hole by its crew, it soon excited the interest of members of the 26thBatt AIF, who saw it as a worthy prize to take back to Australia. A complicated and dangerous “special operation” was successfully mounted to recover this unique “War Prize”

Almost 100 years later, Mephisto is one of our most unique reminders of the service and sacrifices of Australian troops on the Western Front.


Jeff Hopkins-Weise is a free lance historian and curator with a strong bent for military history. He is the author of several books on Australian and New Zealand military history.

Greg Czechura is a Senior Information Officer/Research Author at the Queensland Museum. He is best known for his work on natural history, especially birds, amphibians and reptiles. He is also keenly interested in military history.

Jeff and Greg are about to publish a “definitive” work on Mephisto; having previously written a Guide for the Queensland Museum, entitled: “A7V Mephisto: the last German First World War Tank.”   

To registerto attend this lecture, please phone  Mr Bob Hume  0409 49 82 11, or email to by close of business, Monday, 23 April 2018

Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security

The costis $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)

Please note: Registration is essential for Catering and Security purposes.

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