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Great Britain's Infantry Tank Mk III, Valentine VIII

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Infantry Tank Mk III, Valentine Mk VIII:
Great Britain's Infantry Tank Mk III, Valentine Mk VIII
©IWM

Design

Same as the Valentine Mk III with 6 pdr. No coaxial machine gun. Turret crew reduced.

AEC diesel engine. 6 pdr in a two man turret.

Specifications

  Valentine Mk VIII
Crew  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 41,000 lb
Length 19' 4"
Height  
Width  
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament (mm)  
Main 6 pdr
Secondary  
MG .303" Bren MG, AA
Browning .30 cal MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG 1,575
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

Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP 131
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Diesel
Octane  
Capacity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
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 Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum, Tanks 1919-1939 The Inter War Period, 1966
  2. AFV 6: Valentine Mark III, B.T. White
  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
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