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Great Britain's Cruiser Mk VI, Crusader II, A15

Design

Same as the Crusader Mk I but without machine gun turret. Extra armor on turret and hull.

Variants

  • Crusader II (Cruiser Mk VIA):
  • Crusader II CS (Mk VIA CS): With 76.2 mm / 3" howitzer.8

Specifications

  Cruiser Mk VI, Crusader II
Crew Commander, gunner, driver, loader and hull gunner.2,4,7
43,6, 52,4,7
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 42,450 lb4
18.8 tons3,6, 18.95 tons1, 19 tons2
19,255 kg1
Length 19' 7.5"2, 19' 8"1
5.98 m3, 5.99 m1
With fuel tank: 20' 8.5"2
Height 7' 4"2
2.24 m3
Width 2.77 m3
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.41 m3
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 14.65 psi2
1.09 (kg/cm2)3
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 40 mm L/523
2 pdr OQF4 L/521
2 pdr QFSA6
OF 2 pdr Mk IX or X2
Secondary  
MG MG3
MG - coaxially 1: 7.92 mm Besa MG2,6
MG - auxiliary turret 1: 7.92 mm Besa MG2
Side arms 2" bomb thrower2
.303 Bren light MG2
Quantity  
Main 1102, 1303
Secondary  
MG 4,5002, 4,9503
Side arms Bomb: 262
Bren: 6002
Armor Thickness (mm) 74, 7 - 496, 492,4,7, 508
Hull Front, Upper 49, 20-403
30@30°2
Hull Front, Lower 20@60°2
Hull Sides, Upper 14+143
Inner: 142
Outer: 142
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 14-283
28@11°2
Hull Top 72,3
Hull Bottom 102, 6.4-10.43
Turret Front 493
49@7°2
Turret Sides 23.53
24@45°2
Turret Rear 20-30.73
30@32°2
Turret Top 122,3
Engine (Make / Model) Nuffield3
Nuffield Liberty Mark III2,6
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water2,3
Cylinders 123, V-122
Net HP 3406, 340@1,500 rpm2,3
Power to weight ratio 17.9 hp/ton2
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Mechanisations and Aero Ltd constant mesh2
4 forward, 1 reverse2,3
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline2,3
Octane  
Capacity Main: 110 gallons2
Auxiliary: 30 gallons2
455 liters3
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 26.3 mph6, 27.5 mph2
41.8 kph3
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 100 miles6, 200 miles2
160 km3
Range - Cross Country 146 miles2
Turning radius 9 m3
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 3' 3"2
1 m3
Trench crossing 7' 6"2
Vertical obstacle 2' 6"2
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Christie3
Christie Type2
Wheels each side 52,3
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length 11' 4"2
Width 10.7"2
246 mm3
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire Tread Rubber3
Track centers/tread 7' 6.75"2
  Cruiser Mk VI, Crusader II CS
Crew  
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  
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  
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. The Illustrated Guide to Tanks of the World, George Forty, 2006
  2. AFV #8: Crusader-Cruiser Mark VI, Major James Bingham
  3. Panzer Truppen The Complete Guide to the Creation and Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force 1943-1945, Thomas L. Jentz, 1996
  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 Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum, 1956
  7. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  8. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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