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Inf Tank Mk II (Matilda III C.S.)

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1940
Quantity Produced0
Weightunknown
Crew4
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)0
Length5.69 mtr
Width2.62 mtr
Height2.46 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed15 mph
Max Cross Country Speed8 mph
Range Road101 miles
Range Cross Country62 miles
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Capacity56 gal
Horse Power190 hp
Power/Weightunknown
General Information
The Matilda III was a complete new design to replace the Matilda I Infantry tank, which had been superceeded by advances in tank designs.

The power was provided by two rear mounted Leyland 190hp diesel engines driving the track across 4 return rollers to the front idler, then back by 11 small road wheels.

The turret was of a shaped design which held the 3 inch howitzer.

Armour Details
Turret
Front75mm@11°(76mm)
Side75mm@0°(75mm)
Rear75mm@0°(75mm)
Top20mm@90°(20 mm)
Superstructure
Front48mm@67°(123mm)
Side70mm@30°(81mm)
Rear55mm@25°(61mm)
Top20mm@90°(20 mm)
Hull
Front78mm@10°(79mm)
Side65mm@0°(65mm)
Rear55mm@25°(61mm)
Top20mm@90°(20 mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 81 mm - Minimum 20 mm


Weapon Details
Ordnance Q.F. 3inch Howitzer
Manufacturedunknown - 1945
Calibre76.20mm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Quoted Penetration
 
AP(AP) 76.20mm 7.65Kg   650M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.16 0.32 0.65 1.38 2.19 3.12 4.17 5.39
Penetration(mm) 94 92 90 85 80 75 70 65
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 90 60 25 15 6

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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