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Inf Tank Mk II (Matilda III)

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The Inf Tank Mk II was designed in 1937, manufactured by Vulcan Foundry based on the existing fully tracked Matilda and was in use from 1941 to 1943.

Photo of Inf Tank Mk II (Matilda  III)
Inf Tank Mk II(Matilda  III) scale illustration

General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1941 - 1943
Quantity Produced2987
Weight26.5 tonne
Crew4
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
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/Weight7 hp/tonne
General Information
The Inf Tank Mk II was designed in 1937, manufactured by Vulcan Foundry based on the existing fully tracked Matilda and was in use from 1941 to 1943.

The vehicle was powered by Leyland 'Diesel 190HP' diesel powerplant producing 190 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 15 mph with a range of about 101 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was good providing a max speed of about 8 mph and a range of about 62 miles.

It was armed with 1 light machine gun. Its main armament consisted of an Ordnance Q.F. 2pdr which could penetrate 59 mm of flat plate at 400 metres

The Matilda III was a complete new design to replace the Matilda I Infantry tank, which had been superceeded by advances in tank designs.

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



Weapon Details
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Ordnance Q.F. 2pdr Blank
photo of Ordnance Q.F. 2pdr from Wikipedia
History
Used both as an Anti Tank gun and as a Tank gun the 2pdr was first used in Belgium in 1939. 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). However the 2pdr manufacture was continued but was slowly replaced by the 6pdr from 1942.
Manufactured1936 - 1944
Calibre40mm
LengthL/50
Rate of Fire22 rpm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
AP(AP)
40mm 1.08Kg 792M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 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@30°) 64 58 51 41 33 25 19 13
Penetration(mm@0°) 74 67 59 48 39 30 22 16
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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