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Soft cover. Stationery Office, Ships with Tracking Number! Same goes for the Centurion, whose long career speaks volumes about the quality of this machine. A separate speech deserves the armament. The first models of British tanks in service had small cannons, but very good in anti-tank role against armor of the time; sinned very much against soft targets capacity because of reduced caliber. Unlike Americans, however, the British were aware as well of the Germans the importance of initial high-speed guns to contrast similar means, but unlike Germany weighed considerably the lack of development of a national medium.
The British in fact developed some excellent anti-tank weapons, starting with the 2 pdr. In principle it was equivalent to 7. The crucial difference is that the British did not have a Panther on where to put this powerful cannon and this weighed virtually throughout the war. As we know, a temporary solution was found by installing the 17 pdr. The weapon was indeed powerful, but had had to find compromises like reduce to two the number of men in the tower with all the problems that objective; also it was always American tank hull, with all its limitations.
To conclude the discussion on guns, and to understand how the Brits in this field are absolutely at the forefront, suffice it to say that immediately after the end of the war they developed the Ordnance QF 20 pounder whose actual diameter is curiously reported with confusion switching from It was inspired by the 8. It was the only Western field gun that can reasonably be right of the front plate of the vehicle less than meters though.
The Great Tank Scandal - British Armour in the Second World War Part 1.
Due to this medium, and just from the 20 pdr. Not only that, but the British were for a long time the only to have equipped their MBT a powerful mm gun, the L11 of the Chieftain. Ultimately , however , one of the big problems that plagued British armored forces was its own commanders. For a long time remained extremely traditionalists , especially in desert warfare , often thinking of using their own means as the old cavalry.
And indeed many units that were equipped with armoured vehicles not long before were Cavalry units , with all the traditions that they brought back. However, when we analyze the performance of Allied armored units , beyond the quality or otherwise of their means - very important thing - or their commanders, should consider that when it went into action in droves they did under conditions very different from those that were found before the Germans in - First of all, often the terrain was unfavorable Italy , Normandy , but especially the opponent who stood in front of it was very good , tempered by years of war and was the one who had applied for the first time the concepts of modern mechanized warfare ; therefore also knew how to deal with it being on the defensive.
The same concept of mechanized war , that in every country , when it was adopted , was declined in a different way , was no longer simply a novelty as it had been against France in Poland is a special case.
While of course the German forces were not those dirty Red Army The weapon was indeed powerful, but had had to find compromises like reduce to two the number of men in the tower with all the problems that objective ; also it was always American tank hull, with all its limitations. I based on specialized magazines in the industry I don't know if what you say is right or it is wrong what they write the magazines of the Council at work.
The British diden't have a good tank until after the war, most crews hated the Cromwell becouse of the very small hatches that made it almost impossible to get out when the tank was hit, and by this time the German tanks were already 3 steps ahead of the British in tank design. The Tiger 1 was vulnerable to the British and Soviet 57mm tank and anti-tank guns. The M4 Medium tank Sherman to the British was not designed to engage enemy tanks as per American doctrine that was a job for the Tank Destroyers so for most of the war this tank was equipped with a medium velocity 75mm gun based on the French Mle field gun of World War 1 fame.
This combination was inadequate against the Tiger, Panther and the later Jagdpanzer's in terms of penetrating the armor but could still do severe damage or put a tank out of action by disabling the engine or running gear. The British fitted some of their Sherman's initially 1 in 4, later 2 of 2 with the Pounder Typically a tank platoon Troop in the British Army would have 1 or 2 tanks armed with the high velocity gun, the remainder keeping the 75mm which was better against every target that wasn't a Tiger or Panther.
If a German cat was encountered the 75mm armed tanks would flush it out while those with the high velocity anti-tank guns took up flanking positions to kill it. In British independent Armoured Brigades in NW Europe at least 1 Churchill tank in each Troop retained a 6-Pdr 57mm gun while the others had the 75mm gun firing American ammunition as the 6-Pdr had a better anti-tank performance.
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ShadowTiger69, on 18 May - AM, said: The British diden't have a good tank until after the war, most crews hated the Cromwell becouse of the very small hatches that made it almost impossible to get out when the tank was hit, and by this time the German tanks were already 3 steps ahead of the British in tank design. ShadowTiger69, on 18 May - AM, said: The M4 Medium tank Sherman to the British was not designed to engage enemy tanks as per American doctrine that was a job for the Tank Destroyers so for most of the war this tank was equipped with a medium velocity 75mm gun based on the French Mle field gun of World War 1 fame.
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