Crusader II

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 Crusader II was a fully tracked all-terrain vehicle designed for military operations. Crusader II, 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 II tank for purposes of identification and reference. For more detailed information about this armored fighting vehicle, refer to Crusader II.

Crusader II
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Nuffields
Production Period 1940 - 1942
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 1942 5300 View
GENERAL DATA
Formal DesignationCruiser Tank Mk. VI Crusader Mk. II (A15)
Manufacturer(s)Nuffields
Production Quantity53001Production Period1940-42
TypeMedium/Cruiser TankCrew4 or 52
Length /hull (m)5.97Barrel Overhang (m)n.a.
Width (m)2.77Height (m)2.24
Combat Weight (kg)19300Radio Equipmentn.a.
FIREPOWER
Primary Armament40mm 2-pounder Mk. IAmmunition Carried130
Traverse (degrees)Hydraulic (360°)Elevation (degrees)-15° to 20°
Traverse speed (360°)10 sec.Sightn.a.
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm Besa MG
(coaxial)
Ammunition Carried4500

MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS
Engine Make & ModelNuffield Liberty Mk. IIITrack Linksn.a.
Type & DisplacementV12, 27.0 litersTrack Width24.6 cm
Horsepower (max.)340hp@1500rpmTrack Ground Contactn.a.
Power/Weight Ratio17.6 hp/tGround Pressure15.5 psi
Gearbox4 forward, 1 reverseGround Clearance (m)0.41
FuelGasoline (Petrol)Turning Radius (m)9.0
Range on/off road (km)322Gradient (degrees)n.a.
Mileage (liters/100km)155 on roadVertical Obstacle (m)n.a.
Fuel Capacity (liters)500Fording (m)1.0
Speed on/off road43 km/hTrench Crossing (m)n.a.
ARMOR PROTECTION
Armor DetailFrontSideRearTop/Bottom
Hull32&20mm@28&60°12+14mm@90°27mm@90°10mm@0°(front)
6mm@0°(rear)
Superstructure12&9mm@10&30°
(glacis)
-14mm@45°7mm@0°
32mm@50°
Turret30mm@80°23mm@50°30mm@65°12mm@0°&10°
20mm@70°
Mantlet49mm@81°---
NOTES
1Mk. I, II and III inclusive production from May 1940 to October 1943
2Auxiliary bow MG Turret was removed in the field eliminating the auxiliary turret gunner position
Cr, TWWII, PzT1, George R. Bradford


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