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Britain's Bedford Cockatrice

Design

The Cockatrice was designed for airfield defense by the Lagonda Company in 1940.1

Body

Bedford used riveted construction on Cockatrice's body.1

Chassis

The Cockatrice's chassis was built from Bedford QL 4x4s.1

Crew

The driver and the engine were at the front.1

Armament

The flame thrower was mounted on the roof in a small turret.1 The flame thrower used 8 gallons / 36.4 liters of fuel per minute.1 The range of the flame thrower was about 300' / 91.4 m.1

At the rear of the Cockatrice was a position for twin Vickers K guns.1

Production

The first Cockatrices appeared in early 1941.1

  • Bedford Cockatrice: 601
  • Heavy Cockatrice: 61

Variants

  • Bedford Cockatrice: Used Bedford QL 4x4 chassis.1
  • Heavy Cockatrice: Built on the AEC's 6x6 chassis.1

Usage

The early Cockatrices were used by the Royal Navy to defend their airfields.1

The Royal Air Force (RAF) used the Heavy Cockatrice as they felt the Bedford Cockatrice was too small.1

Specifications

  Bedford Cockatrice
Crew 31
Physical Characteristics  
Weight  
Length 19' 6"1
5.94 m1
Height 8' 6"1
2.59 m1
Width 7' 5"1
2.26 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main Flame thrower1
Secondary  
MG 2: Vickers K MG1
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 111
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Bedford1
Cylinders 61
Net HP 721
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline1
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 30 mph1
48 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 230 miles1
370 km1
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  

Sources:

  1. World Encyclopedia of Armored Fighting Vehicles, Jack Livesey, 2006
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site