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Great Britain's Tank Mk V

Design

The Tank Mk V was the last of the rhomboid shaped tanks.

The commander of the Tank Mk V had a cupola located on top of the tank.

Driving

A epicyclic gearbox, which was used in the Whippet, was used.

The Tank Mk V was the first in the series that could be driven by just one man.

Variants

  • Tank Mk V:
  • Tank Mk V*: A 6' / 1.83 m section was added to increase the size of trenches it could cross.

Usage

World War I

Both the British and Americans used the Tank Mk V in World War I.

The Canadians used some Tank Mk Vs until the 1930s.

Specifications

  Tank Mk V
Crew 8
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 65,120 lb
29,600 kg
Length 26' 5"
8.05 m
Height 8' 8"
2.64 m
Width - over sponsons 13' 6"
4.11 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main - Left Sponson 1: 6 pdr
Main - Right Sponson 1: 6 pdr
MG 4: Hotchkiss MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main - Left Sponson  
Main - Right Sponson  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 6 - 14
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) 1: Ricardo
Cylinders  
Cooling  
Net HP 150
Transmission (type)  
Fuel (type) Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 4.6 mph
7.4 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 45 miles
72 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site