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Inside the Chieftain's Hatch: Crusader


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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Aug 03 2018 - 18:02

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_Tsavo_ #2 Posted Aug 03 2018 - 18:10

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"The case of measles this tank has developed"

 

Hahahahahaha.

 

Quality content as always, Mr. Chieftain.  



stalkervision #3 Posted Aug 03 2018 - 18:17

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Those are bolts to cover up where all the bullets entered it.

FrozenKemp #4 Posted Aug 03 2018 - 18:23

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Ok try 2... I mentioned in another thread that in one of the prototypes, the pistol port area had a SECOND bow machine gun, because of course the driver didn't have enough to do.  Can't seem to link a picture here though. 

 

Anyway, nice video, good way to start a long Canadian weekend here.  I am really looking forward to part 2!



Anlushac11 #5 Posted Aug 04 2018 - 20:20

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Since the Crusader used the 6lbr does any know if any effort was made to install the OQF 75mm in place of the 6lbr, even if only for testing purposes?

FrozenKemp #6 Posted Aug 06 2018 - 21:16

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View PostAnlushac11, on Aug 04 2018 - 14:20, said:

Since the Crusader used the 6lbr does any know if any effort was made to install the OQF 75mm in place of the 6lbr, even if only for testing purposes?

 

Interesting thought.  I guess since it worked in the Churchill it might have worked in the Crusader?  I have a copy of a technical history of the tank but I haven't got around to reading it yet. 

Beausabre #7 Posted Sep 10 2018 - 10:34

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Good question Anlushac11 , my impression is as follows

 

1. By the time the 75mm was ready, Crusaders were being replaced by Cromwells.  Given limited manufacturing and depot facilities, it was better to concentrate on the new vehicle rather than tie them up making/converting Crusaders

2. Space was so tight that the Mark III had only a 3 man crew - no loader to fit the larger gun, no bow gunner so that it could stow 65 rounds (vs 110 on the 2 pdr machines). While the gunner wasn't much of a loss, a two man turret is much less efficient than a three man one.

 

 



FrozenKemp #8 Posted Sep 21 2018 - 20:24

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I think Beausaber is right on both those points...

 

Also fwiw I was reminded that the Brits did use a Crusader tank for an initial test of the Meteor engine.  I can't remember what its top speed was, but it was VERY fast. 






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