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Great Britain's Cruiser Mk VII, A24, Cavalier


Cruiser Mk VII, A 24, Cavalier, prototype:
Great Britain's Cruiser Mk VII, A24, Cavalier
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Nuffield designed a replacement for the Crusaders. These were going to be the Cromwell, however not enough of the new engines were available so Liberty engines were installed. The War Office ordered 500 before it had undergone trials.1

The design was rushed and problems were encountered.

Very rectangular hull and a roomy but angular turret.1


The co-driver operated the hull machine gun.4


  • Cruiser Mk VII, A24, Cavalier: 500
    • Production: 1941 - 1943


  • Cruiser Mk VII, A24, Cavalier:
  • Cavalier OP: In 1943 the gun replaced by dummy barrel.6,8 Extra radios installed and used as artillery observation post. Used in Northwest Europe.1,7
  • Cavalier ARV: Turrets replaced by A-frame jib.6,8 Used in Northwest Europe.1


Vehicles only used for training1 or gun tanks.6


  Cruiser Mk VII7, A247, Cavalier7
Crew Commander, gunner, loader, driver, co-driver.2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 59,360 lb2
26.5 tons3,6,8, 27 tons1,5
26,925 kg6,8, 27,432 kg1
Length 20' 10"1,2,3,6,8
6.35 m1,6,8
Height 8'1,2,3,6,8
2.428 m1, 2.44 m6,8
Width 9' 5.5"2,3, 9' 6"1,6,8
2.88 m1, 2.9 m6,8
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Main 6 pdr OQF2,6,8
6 pdr (57 mm)1,4
6 pdr3
MG 1 or 2: 7.92 mm Besa MG1,2,6
1 or 2: 7.92 mm / 0.312" Besa MG8
1 or 2: MG3
MG - coaxial 1: 7.92 mm Besa MG4
MG - hull 1: MG4
Side arms  
Main 642
MG 4,9502
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 20 - 761,3, 202, 762,6,8
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) Nuffield Liberty1,2,4,6,8
Bore / stroke  
Cylinders 124, V-126,8
Net HP 3406,8, 3954
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering Wilson epicyclic4
Steering ratio  
Electrical system  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline6
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Traverse 360°2
Speed - Road 24 mph2,3,4,6,8, 24.22 mph1
39 kph1,6,8
Speed - Cross Country 14 mph2
Range - Road 164.57 miles1, 165 miles2,6,8
266 km6,8
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 3'2
Trench crossing 7' 6"2
Vertical obstacle 3'2
Suspension (Type) Improved Christie1,2
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Width 14"2,4
Number of links  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 8' 1.75"2


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