Crusader I

Cruiser Tank Mk. VI Crusader Mk. II (A15) was an armored vehicle (tank, AFV or armoured fighting vehicle) in combat use during the Second World War (World War II or WWII) in various theaters. The Cruiser Tank Mark VI was a fully tracked all-terrain vehicle designed for military operations. Crusader I, also known as the A15, was produced and deployed by the British Army of the United Kingdom (Great Britain) and allied Commonwealth armed forces. The technical drawing (plan, layout or profile) shows the general appearance characteristics of the specified model (version) of the Crusader tank for purposes of identification and reference. For more detailed information about this armored fighting vehicle, refer to Crusader I.

Crusader I
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Nuffields
Production Period 1940 - 1943
Origin United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain)
Country Name Origin Year
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) 1940
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Nuffields 1940 1943 5300 View
GENERAL DATA
Formal DesignationCruiser Tank Mk. I, Crusader Mk. I (A15)
Manufacturer(s)Nuffields
Production Quantity5300*Production Period1940
TypeMedium/Cruiser TankCrew5
Length /hull (m)5.97Barrel Overhang (m)n.a.
Width (m)2.77Height (m)2.24
Combat Weight (kg)19100Radio Equipmentn.a.
FIREPOWER
Primary Armament40mm 2-pounder Mk. IAmmunition Carried110
Traverse (degrees)Hydraulic (360°)Elevation (degrees)-20° to +25°
Traverse speed (360°)10 sec.Sightn.a.
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm Besa MG
(coaxial, auxiliary turret)
Ammunition Carried4500
1 x 7.7mm .303 Bren MG (loose)600

MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS
Engine Make & ModelNuffield Liberty Mk. IITrack Linksn.a.
Type & DisplacementV12, 27 litersTrack Widthn.a.
Horsepower (max.)340hp@1500rpmTrack Ground Contactn.a.
Power/Weight Ratio17.8 hp/tGround Pressuren.a.
Gearbox4 forward, 1 reverseGround Clearance (m)n.a.
FuelGasoline (Petrol)Turning Radius (m)n.a.
Range on/off road (km)322Gradient (degrees)n.a.
Mileage (litres/100km)155 on roadVertical Obstacle (m)n.a.
Fuel Capacity (litres)500Fording (m)n.a.
Speed on/off road43 km/hTrench Crossing (m)n.a.
ARMOR PROTECTION
Armor DetailFrontSideRearTop/Bottom
Hull26mm@52°(nose)14+13mm@90°27mm@90°10mm@0°(front)
6mm@0°(rear)
Superstructure14mm@10°(glacis)-14mm@45°7mm@0°
14+26mm@81°
Turret20mm@90°19mm@50°24mm@65°9mm@10°
Mantlet39mm@81°---

NOTES
*Mk. I, II and III inclusive production from May 1940 to October 1943
Cr, TWWII, George R. Bradford


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