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Inf Tank Mk III (Valentine IX)

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1943
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 Speed0 mph
Range Road0 miles
Range Cross Country0 miles
Fuel TypeUnknown
Fuel Capacity0 gal
Horse Power165 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 GMC 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 6pdr A/T gun. The armour was good for this size of vehicle. The Valentine IX was the up gunned Valentine V which had a larger turret to accomodate a extra crew member, and had the GMC engine.

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. 6pdr 7cwt MKII MKIV
History

The 6pdr Mk II—differed from the pre-production Mk I in having a shorter L/43 barrel, because of shortage of suitable lathes. The subsequent Mk IV was fitted with an L/50 barrel, with muzzle brake.

Manufactured1942 - 1945
Calibre57mm
LengthL/43
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Quoted Penetration
 
AP(AP) 57mm 2.84Kg   900M/Sec 68mm@915m
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.11 0.23 0.48 1.03 1.69 2.47 3.42 4.61
Penetration(mm) 86 84 81 75 69 63 56 50
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 98 81 48 25 8

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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