Cromwell IV

Centaur armed with a 95 mm howitzer (with 51 rounds of ammunition). This is the only version of the Centaur known to have seen combat, in service with the Royal Marines Armoured Support Group. The vehicles were fitted with wading gear to get them ashore. Trunking waterproofed the engine inlets and covers were fitted to the guns. 114 produced.

Cromwell IV
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Leyland Motors Limited
Origin United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain)
Country Name Origin Year
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) 1943
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Leyland Motors Limited 1943 View
GENERAL DATA
Formal DesignationCruiser Tank Mk. VIII (A27M), Cromwell IV
Manufacturer(s)Leyland
Production Quantityn.a.Production PeriodOct. 1943-n.a.
TypeCruiser TankCrew5
Length /hull (m)6.35Barrel Overhang (m)n.a.
Width (m)2.91Height (m)2.49
Combat Weight (kg)28000Radio EquipmentNo. 19
FIREPOWER
Primary Armament75mm ROQF Mk. V or VAAmmunition Carried64
Traverse (degrees)Hydraulic (360°)Elevation (degrees)-12° to +20°
Traverse speed (360°)n.a.Sightn.a.
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm Besa MG (coaxial, bow)Ammunition Carried4950


MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS
Engine Make & ModelRolls-Royce MeteorTrack Linksn.a.
Type & DisplacementV12, 26.9 litersTrack Width35.6 cm
Horsepower (max.)600hp@2550rpmTrack Ground Contact373.4 cm
Power/Weight Ratio21.4 hp/tGround Pressure14.9 psi
Gearbox5 forward, 1 reverseGround Clearance (m)0.41
FuelGasoline (Petrol)Turning Radius (m)n.a.
Range on/off road (km)265/180Gradient (degrees)25°
Mileage (liters/100km)199 on/293 off roadVertical Obstacle (m)0.91
Fuel Capacity (liters)527Fording (m)1.22
Speed on/off road52/29 km/hTrench Crossing (m)2.29
ARMOR PROTECTION
Armor DetailFrontSideRearTop/Bottom
Hull57mm@67°(nose)32mm@90°32mm@90°8mm@0°
Superstructure30mm@23°(glacis)32mm@90°-20mm@0°
63mm@90°(driver)
Turret76mm@90°63mm@90°57mm@90°20mm@0°& 9°
Mantletn.a.---

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