FUJ76007 British Valentine MK.III tank.

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               '' Valentine MK.III tank ''

The Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine was an infantry tank produced in the United Kingdom during the Second World War. More than 8,000 of the type were produced in 11 different marks plus various purpose-built variants, accounting for approximately a quarter of wartime British tank production. Over its lifetime it went from a riveted construction to entirely welded, and from a petrol powerplant to a safer, less ignitable, two stroke diesel engine produced by GMC. It was supplied to the USSR and built under license in Canada. Developed by Vickers, it proved to be both strong and reliable

The tank first saw combat during Operation Crusader in the North African desert, at which point it began to replace the Matilda. It was extensively used in the North African Campaign, earning a reputation as a reliable and well protected vehicle. The Valentine shared the common weakness of the British tanks of the period - its 2-pounder gun lacked high-explosive capability and soon became outdated as an anti-tank weapon too. The small size of the turret and of the turret ring made mounting larger guns a difficult task. Although versions with the 6-pounder and then with the Ordnance QF 75mm gun were developed, by the time they were available in significant numbers better tanks had reached the battlefield. Another weakness was small crew compartment and two-man turret. A larger turret with a loader position added was used in some of the 2-pounder armed versions, but the position had to be removed again in variants with larger guns.


Produktie historie
Designer Vickers Armstrongs
Designed 1938
Manufacturer Vickers Armstongs and others
Produced 1940–44
Number built 7,300
Weight about 16 long tons (16-17tonnes)
Length hull: 17 feet 9 inches (5.41 m)
Width 8 feet 8 inches (2.64 m)
Height 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m)
Crew Mk I,II, IV, VI - XI: 3 (Commander, gunner, driver)

Mk III, V: 4 (+ loader)

Armour 8-65 mm
Mk I-VII:QF 2-pounder
Mk I-VII, X, XI: 7.92 mm BESA machine gun 
Mk II, III, VI: AEC A190diesel
131–210hp (97–157 kW)
Suspension coil sprung three-wheel bogies
90 miles (140 km)
Speed 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)
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