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Britain
Beaverette MKIII (Beaverbug)

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The Beaverette MKIII was designed in 1940, manufactured by Standard Cars based on the existing 4 x 2 drive commercial car and was in use from 1941 to 1945.


General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1941 - 1945
Quantity Produced0
Weight2 tonne
Crew3
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length3.60 mtr
Width1.70 mtr
Height2.10 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed35 mph
Max Cross Country Speed7 mph
Range Road180 miles
Range Cross Country36 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power45 hp
Power/Weight22 hp/tonne
General Information
The Beaverette MKIII was designed in 1940, manufactured by Standard Cars based on the existing 4 x 2 drive commercial car and was in use from 1941 to 1945.

The vehicle was powered by Standard '4-cyl petrol' petrol powerplant producing 45 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 35 mph with a range of about 180 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was poor providing a max speed of about 7 mph and a range of about 36 miles.

It was armed with 1 light machine gun , a Bren Gun. This vehicle was based on a Standard commercial car chassis which was shortened to which armour of 11mm of steel backed by 3 inches of wooden planks was attached.

The mark III had all round armour armoured top and was armed with a Bren gun or twin Vickers machine guns in a turret.

Lord Beaverbrook who was the Minister of Aircraft Production ordered these vehicles which then became known as Beaverette

Armour Details
Turret
Front9mm@(9mm)
Side9mm@(9mm)
Rear9mm@(9mm)
Top5mm@(INFmm)
Superstructure
Front9mm@(9mm)
Side9mm@(9mm)
Rear9mm@(9mm)
Top5mm@(INFmm)
Hull
Front9mm@(9mm)
Side9mm@(9mm)
Rear9mm@(9mm)
Top5mm@(INFmm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 9 mm - Minimum INF mm



Weapon Details
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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 Fire500 rpm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
Standard british .303 round(AP)
7.70mm 0.017Kg 783M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.15
Penetration(mm@30°) 4
Penetration(mm@0°) 5
Hit Probability(%) 98


 
Standard british .303 round - HPBT(MG)
7.70mm 0.01Kg 761M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.17
Penetration(mm@30°) 1
Penetration(mm@0°) 2
Hit Probability(%) 98

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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