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Inf Tank Mk III (Valentine III)

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1941
Quantity Produced0
Weightunknown
Crew4
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)0
Length5.46 mtr
Width2.65 mtr
Height2.31 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed15 mph
Max Cross Country Speed8 mph
Range Road90 miles
Range Cross Country0 miles
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Capacity0 gal
Horse Power131 hp
Power/Weightunknown
General Information
The Infantry tank MkIII the Valentine was a redesigned A10 to provide an infantry support tank which could move slowly with the infantry to provide AT and machine gun support.

The rear AEC diesel engine produced about 150hp and drove 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 armour was good for this size of vehicle. The Valentine III had a larger turret to accomodate a extra crew member.

Armour Details
Turret
Front65mm@0°(65mm)
Side60mm@0°(60mm)
Rear60mm@0°(60mm)
Top10mm@90°(10 mm)
Superstructure
Front30mm@68°(80mm)
Side60mm@0°(60mm)
Rear60mm@0°(60mm)
Top10mm@90°(10 mm)
Hull
Front60mm@21°(64mm)
Side60mm@0°(60mm)
Rear60mm@0°(60mm)
Top10mm@90°(10 mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 65 mm - Minimum 10 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
 
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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