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Great Britain's Cruiser Mk II, A10; Cruiser Tank Mark II, A10 Mark IA

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Cruiser Mk II, A10:
Great Britain's Cruiser Mk II (A10)
Royal Armored Corps Tank Museum
Cruiser Mk II, A10, and Cruiser Mk III, A13
Cruiser Mk II, A10 and Cruiser Mk III, A13
©IWM
Cruiser Mk II, A10E1, prototype
Great Britain's Cruiser Mk II, A10E1, prototype
©IWM
Cruiser Mk ICS (left) and two Cruiser Mk IIAs, North Africa, 1940
Great Britain's Cruiser Mk ICS and Cruiser Mk IIAs, North Africa, 1940
©IWM
Cruiser Mk IIAs, Valentine, and Matilda IIs
Great Britain's Cruiser Mk IIAs, Valentine, and Matilda IIs
©IWM

Design

Sir John Carden of Vickers Armstrongs designed the Cruiser Mk II to be an infantry support version of the A9 in 1934. It was decided it needed to be slower and have thicker armor.

Turret

Twin "sub-turrets" were removed which allowed for more room for ammunition. It had the same turret and shaped hull, but it had additional armor bolted on the hull and turret. Gunner controlled the elevation of the gun with his shoulder.

Prototype

The first prototype appeared in 1936.

By 1937 it was determined that the A10 did not have heavy enough armor and was cancelled. In 1938 it brought back and 75 were ordered.

Production

Order for 100 was placed in 1938. First delivered in December 1939.

  • Cruiser Mk II: 13
    • Production: 1939 - 1941
  • Cruiser Mk IIA: 162
  • Cruiser Mk II CS: 30
  • Total: 170, 175, 220
    • Manufacturers: Vickers (10), Birmingham Railway (45), Carriage Co. (45), Metropolitan-Cammell (45), and Birmingham Railway Carriage Co. (75)
    • Production: ? - September 1940

Variants

  • A.10E1: Prototype.
  • Cruiser Mk II, A10: It was classified as a "heavy cruiser" but it suffered from poor performance in France.
  • Cruiser Mk IIA: Had Besa coaxial machine gun.
  • Cruiser Mk IIA CS: Close support. Had 3.7" (94 mm) howitzer installed in turret.
  • Anti-Mine?: Could push Anti-Mine Reconnaissance Caster Roller. Had four rollers on a frame.

Usage

The Cruiser Mk IIs were found to be too lightly armored and too slow.

France

31 Cruiser Mk IIs were sent to France with the 1st Armored Division.

North Africa

Cruiser Mk IIs were used in the Western Desert until late 1941.

Specifications

  Cruiser Mk II, A10
Crew Commander, loader, gunner, driver, hull MG.
5
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 31,696 lb
12.7 tons, 13.75 tons, 14 tons
13,970 kg
Length 18' 1", 18' 4"
5.51 m, 5.52 m
Height 8' 6", 8' 8.5"
2.654 m, 2.65 m
Width 8' 2.5", 8' 3.5", 8' 4"
2.527 m, 2.58 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 1' 6"
0.44 m
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 13.37 psi
0.94 (kg/cm2)
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2 pdr QFSA L/52
2 pdr (40 mm)
40 mm L/52
Secondary  
MG 1: MG
2: Besa MGs
MG - coaxial .303 cal Vickers
MG - hull 7.92 mm Besa
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 100
Secondary  
MG 4,050
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 4 - 30, 6 - 30, 15-30
6, 30, 50
Hull Front, Upper 22.1-30
Hull Front, Lower 22.1-30
Hull Sides, Upper 22.1
Hull Sides, Lower 22.1
Hull Rear 12
Hull Top 7
Hull Bottom 7
Turret Front 30
Turret Sides 26
Turret Rear 30
Turret Top 7
Engine (Make / Model) AEC Type A179
AEC
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 150, 150@2,200 rpm
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity 117 gallons
441 liters
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 16 mph, 16.15 mph
26 kph, 39.6 kph
Speed - Cross Country 8 mph
Range - Road 100 miles, 99.36 miles
160 km, 225 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius 26'
7.9 m
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 3'
0.91 m
Trench crossing 6'
Vertical obstacle 2'
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Triple wheel bogies on springs with Newton hydraulic shock absorbers.
Coil Springs.
Wheels each side 6
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 14"
267 mm
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 7' 3"
  Cruiser Tank Mark II, A10 Mark IA
Crew 5
Radio Wireless Set No. 9
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 13.75 tons
Length 18' 1"
5.51 m
Height 8' 6"
2.59 m
Width 8' 4"
2.54 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: 2 pdr (40 mm) OQF
Secondary  
MG  
MG - coaxial 1: 7.92 mm Besa MG
MG - hull 1: 7.92 mm Besa MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
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) AEC Type 179
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 150
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 16 mph
26 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 100 miles
161 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  Cruiser Mk IIA
Crew 4-5, 5
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 13.75 tons
13,970 kg
Length 18' 1"
5.51 m
Height 8' 6"
2.59 m
Width 8' 3.5", 8' 4"
2.54 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2 pdr
2 pdr QFSA L/52
Secondary  
MG Vickers MG
OR 2: Besa MG
MG - coaxial Besa MG
1: 7.92 mm Besa MG
MG - hull Besa
1: 7.92 mm Besa MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 22 - 30, 30
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) AEC
AEC Type A179
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 150
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 16 mph, 16.16 mph
26 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 100 miles
161 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  Cruiser Mk IIA CS
Crew  
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight  
Length  
Height  
Width  
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 3.7" howitzer
76.2 mm
Secondary  
MG  
MG - coaxial Besa
MG - hull Besa
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
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)  
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Capacity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

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