British and American Tanks of World War Two by Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis

By Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis

The whole Illustrated background of British, American and Commonwealth Tanks, 1939-1945 British and American Tanks of global warfare

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41 CENTAUR 61. Centaur IV (95mm howitzer) of Royal Marines at Normandy, June 1944. 63. Centaur AA Mk II. Note removal of hull machine gun. Radio was located in hull gunner's position. ·~tzer (Mk IV) Secondary: 1 or 2 x Besa 7·92 cal MG Armour thickness: Maximum 76mm Minimum 20mm Traverse: 360 0 • Elevation limits: Engine: Liberty V12 395hp Maximum speed: 27mph Maximum cross-country speed: l6mph (approx) Suspension type: Improved Christie Road radius: 165 miles Fording depth: 3ft Vertical obstacle: 3ft Trench crossing: 7ft 6in Ammunition stowage: 51 rounds 95mm (Mk IV) 64 rounds 6pdr (Mk I).

Additional orders in 1939-40 were placed with the LMS, Leyland, and English Electric (200). 33 CRUISER Mk IV and IVA 41. Cruiser Mk III reworked to Mk IV standard. 42. Cruiser Mk IVA with armour cover on mantlet. SPECIFICATION Designation: Tank, Cruiser, Mk IV or IVA (A13 Mk II) Crew: 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver) Battle weight: 33,0401b Dimensions: Length 19ft 9in Track width 10tin Height 8ft 6in Track centres/tread 6ft 11in Width 8ft 4in Armament: Main: 1 ,( 2pdr OQF (] >< 3· 7in howitzer in Mk IVCS) Secondary: ] >< Vickers MG (Mk IV) ] y Besa MG (Mk IVA) Armour thickness: Maximum 30mm Minimum6mm Traverse: 360°.

Medium Mk II of a training regiment in April 1940. THE Mediums Mk I and II, with their derivatives, were the standard Royal Tank Corps vehicles from 1923 until about 1938, when the new designs of cruiser and infantry tanks came into service. Built by Vickers they started to replace the old World War I vintage tanks in 1923 and deliveries were completed by 1928. The Medium Mk II was completely obsolete by the start of World War II, but was used for training in the first half of the war. In 1940, in addition, some were among the assorted collection of vehicles which made up the strength of armoured units after the loss of most of Britain's first line tanks in the withdrawal from France.

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