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AEC Armoured Car Mark III

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1944
Quantity Produced205
Weightunknown
Crew4
M.G's small2
M.G's large(>10mm)0
Length5.23 mtr
Width2.77 mtr
Height2.56 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed40 mph
Max Cross Country Speed0 mph
Range Road250 miles
Range Cross Country0 miles
Fuel TypeUnknown
Fuel Capacity0 gal
Horse Power158 hp
Power/Weightunknown
General Information
The AEC Mk I was based on the four wheel drive Matador Artillery tractor and developed in 1941.

The vehicle was designed to take the Valentine MkII turret with the Ordnance Q.F. 2pdr gun and 2 machine guns, but the MkIII was uprated to use the Ordnance Q.F. 75mm gun for the close support role and had thicker armour.

Armour Details
Turret
Front65mm@0°(65mm)
Side60mm@0°(60mm)
Rear60mm@0°(60mm)
Top10mm@90°(10 mm)
Superstructure
Front30mm@45°(42mm)
Side30mm@0°(30mm)
Rear15mm@45°(21mm)
Top10mm@90°(10 mm)
Hull
Front30mm@45°(42mm)
Side30mm@0°(30mm)
Rear15mm@45°(21mm)
Top16mm@90°(16 mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 65 mm - Minimum 16 mm


Weapon Details
Bren Gun
History

The Bren gun was licenced from the Czechoslovak ZB vz.27 light machine gun which was designed and manufactured in Brno from 1935. It fired the standard British .303 rifle round.

Manufactured1930 - 2004
Calibre7.70mm
LengthL/82
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
BESA Heavy Machine Gun
History

Developed by BSA from the Czechoslovak ZB vz.60 heavy machine gun. It was mostly used as the main armament of the Light Tank Mk VIC and Armoured cars such as the Humber Mk I to Mk III.

Manufactured1940 - 1949
Calibre15mm
LengthL/97
Rate of Fire450rpm
 
AP(AP) 15mm 0.07Kg   915M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.12 0.25 0.61 1.93 7
Penetration(mm) 29 27 22 14 5
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 69 3
Ordnance Q.F. 75mm
History

This was a temporary fix to the problem of 6pdr guns not having a powerful enough HE shell. It was created by boring out the British 57mm 6pdr to take the American 75mm AP/HE shells, which reduced the Anti Tank performance but provided HE support.

Manufactured1943 - 1945
Calibre75mm
LengthL/32
Rounds Carried 45
 
AP(AP) 75mm 6.58Kg   618M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.16 0.33 0.68 1.45 2.31 3.29 4.41 5.71
Penetration(mm) 79 78 76 71 67 63 59 54
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 88 54 25 15 3

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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