Crusader tank

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Tank, Cruiser, Mk VI, Crusader
A Crusader II tank.jpg
A Crusader II tank in the Western Desert, 2 October 1942. Image: Imperial War Museum, London.
Type Cruiser tank
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
In service 1941–1945
Wars Second World War
Production history
Designer Nuffield
Designed 1939/1940
Manufacturer Nuffield Mechanization & Aero Limited
Produced 1940–1943
Number built 5,300
Specifications
Weight 18.8 to 19.7 long tons (Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[". to Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[". t)
Length 20 ft 8.5 in (5.97 m)
Width 9 ft 1 in (2.77 m)
Height 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
Crew Mk III: 3 (Commander, gunner, driver)
Mk I, II: 4 or 5 (+ Loader, hull gunner)

Armour Mk I: 40 mm
Mk II: 49, III: 51
Main
armament
Mk I, II: QF 2 pdr (40 mm) 110 rounds
Mk III: QF 6 pdr (57 mm) 65 rounds
Secondary
armament
1 or 2 × Besa machine gun
4,950 rounds
Engine Nuffield Nuffield Liberty Mark II, III, or IV
27-litre V-12 petrol engine
340 bhp (254 kW) at 1,500 rpm
Power/weight 17.2–18 hp/tonne
Transmission Nuffield constant mesh
4-speed-and-reverse
Suspension Christie helical spring
Ground clearance 1 ft 4 in (0.41 m)
Fuel capacity 110 Imperial gallons in 3 fuel tanks (+30 auxiliary)
Operational
range
Bad rounding hereScript error mi (322 km) on roads
146 mi (Bad rounding hereScript error km) cross country
Speed Bad rounding hereScript error mph (42 km/h) (road)
Bad rounding hereScript error mph (24 km/h) (off-road)
Steering
system
Wilson epicyclic steering

Works Cited:

1. "Crusader tank." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 9 Nov 2013. Web. 25 Dec 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusader_tank>.