Cruiser Mk II
|Primary Role||Cruiser Tank|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Cruiser Mk II (A10) tanks were designed by Sir John Carden of British manufacturer Vickers in 1934 based on the A9 design. The main armaments consisted of a 40-mm QF 2-pounder gun per tank, mounted on turrets, each supported by a coaxial machine gun and at times a second machine gun. Production began in Jul 1938, and the first examples entered service in Dec 1939. A number them were assigned to the British Expeditionary Force in France, and during the Desert War a few of them were put in use in North Africa, participating in the battle of Tobruk of 1941. Their performance left something to be desired, but they were generally regarded as reliable. Sixty used tanks were sent the Greece and fought against the Axis invasion, but most of them were eventually lost to breakdowns, particularly with damaged tracks. Overall, 175 Cruiser Mk II tanks were built; 120 of them were built by Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company, 45 by Metropolitan-Cammell, and 10 by Vickers.
Last Major Revision: Jan 2008
|Machinery||One AEC Type A179 6-cyl gasoline engine rated at 150hp|
|Suspension||Triple wheel bogie with coil spring|
|Armament||1x40mm QF 2pdr gun (100 rounds), 2x7.7mm Vickers or 2x7.92mm Besa machine guns|
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