Cruiser Mk IV
|Primary Role||Cruiser Tank|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Tank, Cruiser, Mk IV (A13 Mk II) tanks began as Mk III cruiser tanks fitted with extra pieces of armor on the turrets, but they soon had their own complete armor rework. As Mk IV cruiser tanks became the standard cruiser tanks in the British Army in 1940, some Mk III predecessors were converted to Mk IV standards. A number of them saw action with the 1st Armoured Division of the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1940, but they did not perform well in this short campaign, and most of them would be either destroyed in action or left behind in France. Starting in Oct 1940, they were shipped to North Africa, where they would see action in the early stages of the Desert War; they were described as reliable, but the Mk IV cruiser tanks had difficulties dealing with newer models of German tanks. They would be retired by late 1941.
Last Major Revision: Nov 2012
A13 Mk II
|Machinery||One Nuffield Liberty V-12 gasoline engine rated at 340hp|
|Armament||1x40mm QF 2pdr gun (87 rounds), 1x7.7mm Vickers machine gun|
|Speed||23 km/h off-road; 48 km/h on-road|
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