Cruiser Mk IVA / IVA C.S.

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Date Added: Friday, 16th April, 2004
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The Cruiser Mk IV was essentially an uparmoured version of the Mk III and went into production in 1939. Additional armour on the nose, glacis and turret front as well as spaced armour plating on the turret sides and rear increased the weight by over 1200 lb. However, because of the high power-to-weight ratio of the basic design, there was no loss of performance.

Cruiser Tanks Mk IV A had an armour bassis of 6-30mm and were armed with a 2pdr. The Vickers m.g. of the Mk IV was replaced with a 7.92mm. Besa and production started in January 1939 alongside that of the Mk. IV. The Mk IV A was also available in limited numbers as a Close Support tank with the OQF 3in. howitzer Mk 1. (L/25) replacing the 2pdr. They had a crew of 4 and a top speed governed to 30 m.p.h.

Cruisers Mk IV and IV A served with the 1st Armoured Division in France in 1940 and with the 7th Armoured Division in the Western Desert in 1940/41. It is not known whether any of the C.S. tanks went to France.

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