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Great Britain's Carden-Loyd Tankette Mark VI

Design

Developed from a private venture by Major Gifford Le Q. Martel in Camberley.1 This tankette was designed to be a mobile MG platform.1

Mass production started in 1927 and by 1930, 270 had been delivered to the British Army.1

Sometimes carried the Stokes mortar.1

MG had limited traverse as it was intended to be transported by, not fired from, the vehicle.1 The tripod for the MG was mounted on the front of the hull.1

Some models towed the 37 mm howitzer or 20 mm Oerlikon antitank gun.1

A GS trailer was available to carry ammunition for the weapons.1

Exported to Czechoslovakia, France, Italy, Japan, Poland, and Russia where it influenced designs there.1 Canada and India also received them.1

Variants

  • Carden-Loyd Tankette Mk III: Had Horstmann suspension and towed the 94 mm howitzer.1 Royal Ordnance Factory produced them from 1933 to 1935.1

Specifications

  Carden-Loyd Tankette
Crew 21,2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 1.5 tons1,2
1,525 kg1
Length 8' 1"1,2
2.46 m1
Height 4'1,2
1.22 m1
Width 5' 7"2, 5' 9"1
1.75 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 7.7 mm (.303 cal) Vickers MG1
Vickers .303 MG2 OR
.5 MG2
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 5 - 91
6 - 92
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) Ford Model T1
Transmission  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 25 mph1, 28 mph2
40.2 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 90 miles1
144 km1
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. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
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