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Armadillo MkIII

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1941 - 1941
Quantity Produced55
Weightunknown
Crew5
M.G's small0
M.G's large(>10mm)1
Length0.00 mtr
Width0.00 mtr
Height0.00 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed0 mph
Max Cross Country Speed0 mph
Range Road0 miles
Range Cross Country0 miles
Fuel TypeUnknown
Fuel Capacity0 gal
Horse Power0 hp
Power/Weightunknown
General Information
The Armadillo Mark III was produced in Britain during 1941 and intended as a defense against the threat of invasion(Home Guard) or paratroop attacks on airfields(RAF).

Based on the standard Bedford 3 ton lorry chassis, it comprised a two layer wooden fighting compartment with a 6 inch gap containing a layer of gravel to protect from bullets with a driver's cab protected by mild steel plates.

For all intents and purposes it was a mobile pillbox.

Armour Details
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Top0mm@0° n/a
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Weapon Details
Lewis Gun
History

The lewis gun was designed by an American Colonel Isaac Lewis in 1911. The Birmingham Small Arms Company purchased a licence to manufacture the Lewis machine gun in England, which made Lewis very wealthy. Lewis and his factory moved to England before 1914, away from possible seizure in the event of a German invasion as it was originally based in Belgium. The Lewis gun used a horizontal pan magazine which held either 47 or 97 0.303 rounds. The gun was used by a large number of Countries during World War II, and in most Theatres of the War.

Manufactured1914 - 1945
Calibre7.70mm
LengthL/87
Rate of Fire500rpm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Quoted Penetration
 
Standard british .303 round - HPBT(MG) 7.70mm 0.01Kg   761M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.17 0.4 1.33
Penetration(mm) 11 9 5
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 90
 
Standard british .303 round -(MG) 7.70mm 0.01Kg   783M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.17 0.4 1.33
Penetration(mm) 11 9 5
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 90
37mm COW gun
History

The Coventry Ordnance Works designed this gun as an anti aircraft weapon during World War I, however it didn't go into production until late 1918.

It fired clips containing 5 rounds of shells, and was during World War II mounted on the Armadillo, a beach landing defence vehicle.

Manufactured1918 - 1942
Calibre37mm
LengthL/62
Rate of Fire90rpm
 
AP(AP) 37mm 0.65Kg   594M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.17 0.36 0.76 1.72 3 4.75 7.34 11.56
Penetration(mm) 30 29 27 24 21 17 14 10
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 77 29 8 2 0

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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