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Great Britain's Cruiser Mk VI, Crusader I, A15; Cruiser Tank Mark VI, Crusader Mark I

Design

The Crusader I was the original production vehicle.

Crew

The commander sat at the rear with the wireless equipment. He also had to be careful as he could have his head knocked off by the unstable hatch. The gunner was on the left and usually stood as they could more accurately aim the gun and use their weight on the elevating arm. On the right was the loader and he sat on top of the ammunition bin and was also responsible for the smoke discharger

Variants

  • Crusader I (Mk VI): .
  • Crusader I CS (Mk VI CS): With 3" howitzer.

Specifications

  Cruiser Mk VI, Crusader I;
Cruiser Tank Mark VI, Crusader Mark I
Crew Commander, gunner, driver, loader and hull gunner.3,4
51,3,4
Radio Wireless Set No. 111
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 18.8 tons3,7, 18.95 tons1, 19.95 tons2
42,450 lb4
19,255 kg2
Length 19' 8"1,2
5.99 m1,2
Height 7' 4"1
2.24 m1
Width 8' 6"1
2.64 m1
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2 pdr OQF4 L/522
1: 2 pdr3,5,6,7
1: 2 pdr (40 mm) OQF1
Secondary  
MG - coaxial 1: Besa MG3,7
1: 7.92 mm Besa MG1
MG - hull turret 1: Besa MG3
1: 7.92 mm Besa MG1
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 130
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 74, 403,4,6,7
Hull Front, Upper 40
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) Nuffield Liberty II7
Nuffield Liberty Mark III1
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders V-121
Capacity  
Net HP 3401,7
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline1
Octane  
Capacity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 27 mph1
44 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 100 miles1
161 km1
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 VI, Crusader I 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" Howitzer5
Secondary  
MG - coaxial  
MG - hull turret  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 65
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  

Sources:

  1. Western Allied Tanks 1939-45, David Porter, 2009
  2. The Illustrated Guide to Tanks of the World, George Forty, 2006
  3. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  4. British and American Tanks of World War Two, The Complete Illustrated History of British, American, and Commonwealth Tanks 1933-1945, Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis, 1969
  5. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  6. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  7. AFV #8, Crusader-Cruiser Mark VI, Major James Bingham
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site