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Cruiser Mk I (A9)

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1938
Quantity Produced125
Weightunknown
Crew6
M.G's small3
M.G's large(>10mm)0
Length5.92 mtr
Width2.56 mtr
Height2.56 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed25 mph
Max Cross Country Speed15 mph
Range Road150 miles
Range Cross Country0 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacity86 gal
Horse Power150 hp
Power/Weightunknown
General Information
The Cruiser tank MkI was designed by Vickers in 1936 to provide a fast cruiser type tank which could move fast with a small gun.

The rear AEC 150hp enginedrove the track over 3 top idlers, around the front idler and back via 2 distinctive 3 wheel bogies.

The turret had power traverse with a 2pdr A/T gun. The vehicle also had two auxillliary machine gun turrets housing Vickers machine guns.

Armour Details
Turret
Front14mm@20°(15mm)
Side12mm@20°(13mm)
Rear14mm@20°(15mm)
Top4mm@90°(4 mm)
Superstructure
Front14mm@45°(20mm)
Side10mm@0°(10mm)
Rear10mm@0°(10mm)
Top5mm@90°(5 mm)
Hull
Front14mm@30°(16mm)
Side10mm@0°(10mm)
Rear10mm@0°(10mm)
Top5mm@90°(5 mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 16 mm - Minimum 5 mm


Weapon Details
Ordnance Q.F. 2pdr
History

Used both as an Anti Tank gun and as a Tank gun the 2pdr was first used by the Belgians in 1939 with the majority of the British guns were captured by the Germans at Dunkirk and given their designation of 4.0 cm Pak 192(e) or 4.0 cm Pak 154(b).

Manufactured1936 - 1944
Calibre40mm
LengthL/50
Rate of Fire22rpm
Rounds Carried 100
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Quoted Penetration
 
AP(AP) 40mm 1.08Kg   792M/Sec 53mm@455m
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.13 0.27 0.56 1.26 2.17 3.37 5.06 7.58
Penetration(mm) 58 56 53 47 41 35 29 23
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 93 60 25 6 2

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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