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

By Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis

The full Illustrated historical past of British, American and Commonwealth Tanks, 1939-1945 British and American Tanks of global warfare

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Standard production Avenger; note the open-topped turret. The turret had a mild steel canopy (incorporating hatches) for crew protection. By the time the pilot model A30 SP was ready in 1944, the M 10 was coming into service with British "tank destroyer" battalions, and priority was being given to Comet tank production. An order for about 230 Avengers was not fulfilled until 1946 and the type briefly equipped two SP artillery battalions after the war. DEVELOPMENT of the 17pdr anti-tank gun started in late 1941 and it was approved for production by mid 1942, by which time the first pilot model of the A30 Challenger was nearing completion as an adaptation on the A27 design to take this new weapon.

The Cromwell was numerically the most important British-built cruiser tank of World War II, forming the main equipment of British armoured divisions in 1944-45 together with the American-built M4 Sherman. However, even with a 75mm gun it was still, by 1944 standards, inferior to contemporary German tanks like the Panther and late-model PzKw IVs. With its Meteor engine it was the fastest and most powerful of British tank designs until that period, but physical limitations (mainly the narrowness of the hull) prevented its being upgunned further and considerable redesign was necessary to turn it into a vehicle capable of carrying the very desirable 17pdr gun armament -see the Challenger and Comet for further details.

Cromwell I; this particular vehicle is one ofthirty pre-production Cromwells in mild steel for training and trials. 44 74. Cromwell IV with CIRD. This vehicle has a D type hull with co-driver's escape door only in hull. 70. Cromwell IV. This is a late production vehicle with F type hull which had escape doors (seen open) for driver and co-driver. 71. Cromwell VI was the close support variant with 95mm howitzer. 75. Cromwell II used as a test vehicle for trial installation of applique armour to hull front and turret.

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