Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Early models of the Cromwell were equipped with the QF 6-pounder (57 mm). This resulted in a number of Cromwells being built with Centaur hulls. An earlier requirement for a 17-pounder armed tank became more important when the Vickers HV 50 calibre 75mm gun failed to fit on Cromwell. The designs were received and examined in January 1941, with Nuffield's A24 being declared the winner on 17 January. This included the Cromwell method of track tensioning.[11]. The Schneider Cup, the most famous hydroplane race in the 1930s, was a sandbox where aircraft designers and engineers tried out engines and streamlined, aerodynamic fuselages to house them. A HE shell had been introduced for the 6-pounder, but it was described as being largely useless—the calibre of the gun was simply too small to carry a useful load of explosive. Private collection, Czech Republic. Centaur I. Hellenic Army Armor Museum, Athens, Greece. Introduction The Cromwell tank, officially Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Cromwell (A27M), was one of the series of cruiser tanks fielded by Britain in the Second World War.Named after the English Civil War leader Oliver Cromwell, the Cromwell was the first tank put into service by the British to combine high speed from a powerful and reliable engine (the Rolls-Royce Meteor), … Some saw service in the Korean War with the 7th RTR and the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars. Unfortunately, to reach this speed, it is necessary to give up on the heavy armor, which results in the susceptibility to being penetrated by any enemy encountered in … The armour on the Cromwell ranged from 8 mm up to 76 mm thick overall. A gun capable to knock out an enemy at over 3000m is an unnecessary added weight and expense on a tank destined to fight battles where 800m was the usual range. However, these vehicles were still essentially built like Centaurs, with weaker suspension springs and proper internal track adjustment features. This required a much larger turret ring, which in turn required the hull to be lengthened and an additional road wheel to be added to each side for a total of six. Starting with the Mark II, the Cromwell swapped the QF 6-pdr for the ROQF 75 mm (2.95 in) gun, which was an adaptation of the 6-pounder design to fire the ammunition of the US M3 75 mm (2.95 in) gun, including a better HE round for use in infantry support. It is unclear if it was granted its own number or also referred to as the A24. In running condition. The armour compared well with that of the Sherman, although the Cromwell did not share the Sherman's sloped glacis plate. 38 portable radios). The transmission was the new Merrit-Brown Z.5, which offered differential steering without clutching or braking, a major advance on previous designs. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Artist impression of a Cromwell, boxart, Airfix. Additional photos on Wikimedia Commons Type F hull: Swing-out hatches for the hull crewmen, extra stowage bins on the turret sides, fender bin on the driver’s side removed. [citation needed]. Power/Weight Ratio good Drive behind slow tank destoyers and heavy tanks and keep circling around them to avoid being hit while making easy shots into the back of the enemy. However, after August, the terrain once more favored mobility and speed, and the Cromwell showed all its qualities, despite a much less resolute opposition. Early Cromwell development led to the creation of the A24 Cavalier. The General Staff A27 included the Rolls Royce engine and, more importantly, the QF 6 pdr gun (57 mm/2.24 in), which was the best AT gun of the Allies at that time. Centaur IV. Hives offered to trade the Meteor for the W.2, an offer Wilks jumped at. In addition, 375 Centaur hulls were built to be fitted with an anti-aircraft gun turret; only 95 of these were completed. Cromwell Mark V CS. However, the 7th Armoured were not issued with Cromwells until 1944, when they returned to the U.K. to prepare for D-Day. The Cromwell's speed and low profile gave an advantage over the Sherman however, giving the tank the element of surprise and making return fire more difficult. “13th Mounted Rifle Regiment, 5th Polish Division” – there were no such unit or Division. Cromwell Tank at speed. [7] Cromwell had heavier grade suspension with longer suspension arms. when you say ‘The RR Meteor was an in-line V12 water-cooled gasoline engine ‘, is this is a mistake? They saw extensive action with the British Army, forming part of the 6th Airborne Division, 7th Armoured Division, 11th Armoured Division, Guards Armoured Division, and 1st (Polish) Armoured Division. The 75 mm could fire a more effective HE shell than the 6-pounder at the cost of a reduction in armour-piercing performance. Cromwell's shock absorbers and springs were improved against Cavalier, and increased to four (compared with Centaur's three). Cromwell Cruiser Tank, oficiálně Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Cromwell (A27M) byl britský křižníkový tank vyráběný od roku 1941 podle požadavku generálního štábu.. Cromwell patřil k tomu lepšímu, co průmysl Velké Británie během druhé světové války zkonstruoval a vyrobil. The 75mm HV had been intended to rectify this, but prior to entering service it was found to be too large to fit in the Cromwell turret. Designs were submitted in early 1941. Crowmell, face view, Bovington Tank Museum. But it was too little too late and the Comet did not change the face of events. While this would lead to less anti-tank performance, this was considered a reasonable trade-off in exchange for the rapid introduction of the HE rounds. The official handover of the Meteor and W.2 took place on 1 January 1943. This became the 77 mm HV with only slightly lower performance than the base 17-pounder. Named after the English Civil War leader Oliver Cromwell, the Cromwell was the first tank put into service by the British to combine high speed from a powerful and reliable engine (the Rolls-Royce Meteor), and reasonable armour. Hives called a meeting with his counterpart at Rover, Spencer Wilks, and the two met late in 1942 at the Swan and Royal pub in Clitheroe. Cromwell Mk.IV, Type F hull, 1st Regiment, Czech Independent Armoured Brigade Group, Dunkirk, May 1945. The earlier introduction of US M3 Grant and M4 Sherman tanks placed a dual purpose 75 mm gun into British and Commonwealth service. I have seen a lot of pictures online and in books with Cromwells and other British tanks without any auxiliary armament. Is it confirmed that the Cromwell VII had the add on armour? A Cromwell Mark VI, the close support version equipped with a 95 mm (3.74 in) howitzer. Design also commenced on a 17-pounder armed version under specification A30, leading to parallel development of the A30 Challenger. Only 200 were so converted. Centaur Dozer. Design had three priorities:[6]. Isle of Wight Military Museum, Hampshire, England. In June 1944, the Cromwell saw action for the first time, during Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy. This gun was effective against … Fuel consumption (on “pool” 67 octane petrol) per gallon ranged from 0.5 (off-road) to 1.5 miles (road) for a total 110 gallons of internal capacity. Centaur VII. Cromwell IV. [17] Cromwell and Centaur both have a flat rear armour plate, with exhaust venting to the top immediately behind the engine deck. Hull types applied to all variants. Was there a shortage of BESAs? [9] A similar test in November demonstrated the Cromwell was improving, while the underpowered Centaur fared no better than in the first test. Is there any more info on that israeli cromwell in the gallery? It had already been arranged that Centaur production would be phased out when Meteor engine production increased. Not restored in bad condition. On all-welded vehicles built by BRC&W, the weight saved by the welding allowed for the fitting of additional appliqué armour plates on the nose, vertical driver's plate and turret front, increasing the maximum thickness there to 102 mm. Most were used for training, although a few notable exceptions were used in action. By the time this weapon was ready, a number of other changes had been worked into the tank design, producing the Comet, which replaced both the Cromwell and Challenger. The tracks were driven by sprocketed wheels at the rear and tension adjusted at the front idler, this being standard British practice. Like the Shermans, the Cromwell needed to maneuver in order to get a better angle, which was even easier because of their excellent mobility. The Cromwell was developed in 1941–1942 by BRC&W. A compromise was achieved with a reduction in British tank production during 1943 and 1944, with an increase in consumption of Sherman tanks, the remainder being delivered in parts as spares. There were no track return rollers. The Cromwell Mk.III was essentially a re-engineered Centaur with a Rolls-Royce Meteor engine. The gunner operated both the main gun and the 7.92 mm (0.31 in) Besa machine gun and had his own periscope and main visor. Increases in Cromwell's design weight from 24 to 27 tons resulted in a reworking of the suspension during the design process, which was not reflected on Centaur. Vauxhall produced two Cromwell pilot models—with a turret similar to that of the Churchill—in the expectation that they would build Cromwells once production of Churchill was terminated in 1943, but Churchill production was extended and Vauxhall withdrew from the Cromwell programme.[12]. The frame was of riveted construction, though welding was used later. This included the development of new fan drives and inlet louvres, which can be seen on the Cromwell engine deck. BRC&W developed an alternative ratchet mechanism based on the Valentine tank, and this was incorporated into the A27M Cromwell design, also enabling the tank to accept wider 15.5 in (390 mm) tracks. Cromwell Mark IV, 1st Royal Tank Regiment, 7th Armoured Division, Germany, May 1945. There was a porthole for spent rounds on the rear faces, that could also be used as a pistol port. The Meteor engine, in its first version, developed 540 hp at 2,250 maximum rpm, limited by a governor built into the magnetos to avoid reaching speeds that the suspensions could no longer manage without damage. That month, new names were given to all three designs; the original A24 Cromwell I became the Cavalier, the Liberty powered A27L Cromwell II became Centaur, and the Meteor powered A27M kept the name Cromwell. The team formed under the direction of W. A. Robotham at Clan Foundry near Belper, north of Derby. The Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Cromwell (A27M), and the related Centaur (A27L) tank, were one of the most successful series of cruiser tanks fielded by Britain in the Second World War. This Cromwell hull was a spare parts donor for the restoration of the Cromwell nicknamed "Faust". Cromwell Mark I, early 1944, Great Britain. Some tanks were captured by the Chinese and one tank was knocked out by a Centurion tank of the 8th Hussars. The RR Meteor was an V12 water-cooled gasoline engine that was heavily adapted by Chief Engineer W.A. In mid-1941, Leyland changed its mind, concerned about cooling problems. The method of track tensioning is a commonly noted difference. A solution to both their problems was offered by Ernest Hives, a Rolls board member, who had met Whittle and was fascinated by the jet engine (Rolls-Royce's major product was piston aero engines). The Greek Army received 52 Centaur I tanks from the British in 1946. The Cromwell was developed in 1941–1942 by BRC&W. Development of the Cromwell and Centaur dates to 1940, as the Crusader tank was being readied for service. Only 341 were produced. A total of 1,070 vehicles were mass-produced from late 1943 through 1945. Centaur Dozer T185462. The Cromwell was fast for a tank of its size and weight, up to 40mph on road. Several British firms besides Leyland contributed to the production of the Cromwell and Centaur, including LMS Railway, Morris Motors, Metro-Cammell, Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company and English Electric. Though I haven’t read it myself, I’ve been told that in the war memoir “Troop Leader: A Tank Commander’s Story” by Bill Bellamy there is mention of a training version of the Cromwell. I normally make locomotives and i would like to do something different. The FV4101 Charioteer (1950) was a Cold War recycling of the hull, fitted with a new turret housing the 20-pdr (84 mm/3.3 inch) gun, first intended for the Army Reserve Territorial units. Intended as just another version of Cromwell, the new A34 version eventually needed significant re-engineering leading to production of the A34 Comet, which used a high velocity gun firing 17-pounder ammunition from a gun by a smaller cartridge down a shorter barrel. Rolls was at this time having trouble meeting demand for the Merlin, let alone the Meteor. The Centaurs saw limited service in the war because battles were fought mainly on mountainous areas, but proved useful in supporting infantry units and in defence of inhabited areas. Indeed, Rolls-Royce was famous for the legendary quietness of its engines, so carefully hand-built that practically no vibrations were felt, hence the name of its luxury sedans and coupés (Shadow, Ghost, Cloud). A wreck with no turret. Fifty-two Centaur I tanks were donated in early 1946 to the Greek Army, during the opening stages of the Greek Civil War but they were kept in storage due to the lack of trained personnel. Whittle had, during the same period, contacted Rolls for help delivering some of the required parts that Rover proved unable to produce. Cromwell Tanks were used by Czechoslovakia and Israel. Some variants were produced with 14-inch-wide (360 mm) tracks; later, 15.5-inch tracks were used. The Merlin engine is a legend. Kubinka Tank Museum, Russia. This gun and its ammunition were designed specifically to fit in a turret that a reworked Cromwell-sized design could carry. Mounted on a plinth in the town. Using the new armour-piercing discarding sabot round, which became available in quantity in early 1944, this gun could penetrate over 100 mm of steel armour at ranges on the order of 1,000 yards (910 m), making it effective against all but the most heavily armoured tanks. III to downgrade the performance to a suitable level for tank use, reversed the direction of engine rotation to match tank transmissions, and fitted the resulting engine to a Leyland-built Crusader. The next step was to install a 17-pdr (76.2 mm/3 in), the only gun that could take on any German tank at the time. The vehicle made famous by the British 7th Armoured Division, who had been dubbed the Desert Rats for their exploits in North Africa. There is a mistake in the unit name of the 7th coloured Cromwell above. In running condition. By far, it was the most common version of the Cromwell. Refitting the design of the A24 Cromwell for the Meteor engine was not acceptable to Nuffield, and hence a new specification of tank was created working with Leyland, the A27 Cromwell. It gave the Cromwell superb manoeuvrability, with only the German Tiger I, using a similar design, able to match it. Cromwell IV. Robotham, despite his young age, was made Chief Engineer of Tank Design and joined the Tank board. Odd question, not really about the Cromwell. Nuffield submitted the A24, heavily based on its Crusader design and powered by its version of the Liberty engine, a V-12 design dating the late days of World War I and now thoroughly outdated. Here is one from Normandy, 1944. The Cromwell on Wikipedia A hull in the Rex & Rod Cadman Collection, UK. A bulkhead with access doors separated the front compartment from the central fighting compartment. The cooling system drew air in through the top of each side and the roof. Santa Margarida da Coutada, Portugal. Centaur VII. The Cromwell was developed in 1941–1942 by BRC&W. Once the Vickers 75 mm HV gun was seen to be too big for the Cromwell turret, work was begun in December 1942 on the Ordnance QF 75 mm (a development of the 6-pounder that fired US ammunition) for fitting to British tanks. Specialized CS (Close Support) version armed with 95 mm (3.74 in) howitzer and carrying with smoke and HE rounds. The Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Cromwell (A27M) was the most important British produced tank during the campaign in north-western Europe in 1944-45 by which time it had evolved into a reliable if somewhat under-gunned tank that performed well in the 'great swan' across France. The Rolls Royce was a wonderfully engineered piece of machinery but needed much more maintenance than the Sherman engines. Cromwell IV. This was something that previous models armed with the 2-pounder couldn’t do, not even the so-called “CS” versions armed with a 95 mm (3.74 in) gun, mostly reserved for smoke rounds. Later Cromwell development led to the creation of the competing Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Centaur (A27L) design. The gearbox had five forward and one reverse gears. Combinations of mark and type were applied by different manufacturers.[27]. Centaur Dozer. Such over design and waste contributed to not only the rarity of the tank but also the impact of losing one. Cromwell VI upgraded to the standard of the Mark VII. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Dennis Roberts Collection, UK. In the same timeframe, Leyland and Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon (BRC&W) produced an improved version of the Liberty engine, with the intervention of the General Staff. I thought in-line and V12 were different engine configurations. The evolution to A27M increased the weight slightly, but fitting a 600 hp engine almost doubled the power-to-weight ratio and created a very fast tank. Reliability was a discovery for British crews, accustomed to previous generations of Cruisers equipped with the Liberty engine. Unrestored wreck. The Cromwell was developed from the A24 Cruiser Tank Mk. Unrestored in bad condition. Cromwell crews in North-West Europe succeeded in outflanking the heavier and more sluggish German tanks with superior speed, manoeuvrability and reliability. Cromwell was the fastest British tank to serve in the Second World War, with a top speed of 40 mph (64 km/h). Tank Mark VIII Centaur in the Musée des Blindés, France, Background: British armoured fighting vehicle production during World War II, Tanks in the British Army, Design splits, and production commences: A24, A27L, A27M, Possible cancellation, and armaments trouble, Tanks of comparable role, performance, and era. The hull frame consisted of riveted beams, but later production versions resorted to welding. Hot gasses were exhausted to the rear louvers. It was shown indeed that the pilot tanks could easily reach 75 km/h (47 mph), something unheard of for a British tank, but the Christie suspension (later reinforced by adding more tension) simply could not cope with these speeds. The production model design was finalised on 2 February 1944 when Leyland released specifications for what they called the "Battle Cromwell". Around 17 Centaurs and 9 Centaur Dozers exist in various states. Robotham at the development division in Belper, starting with the Merlin III as a base. The Centaur managed only 8,492 mi (13,667 km) due to constant breakdown, and required 742 hours, or 0.087 hours per mile.[9]. [dubious – discuss] At the same time, Cromwell with the Meteor engine and a HV weapon was shown to have superior power and armament, while US efforts to produce the Sherman replacement, the T20 Medium Tank, were not receiving sufficient attention. Vojenské Museum, Králíky, Czech Republic. Is it a dummy gun? This gave a significant reduction in armour penetration compared to newer 6-pounder APDS ammunition, which was becoming available, but added the ability to fire High Explosive shells, which were more capable against other targets, such as anti-tank guns. Six prototypes of the Cromwell were ordered for the spring of 1942. This variant allegedly had thinner armor of mild-steel construction (and interestingly, due to the reduced weight, a greater top speed than combat variants). However, development delays meant a first model, the A24 Cavalier, then known as “Cromwell I”, was produced. Cromwell Vw upgraded to the Cromwell VII standard or built as such from the start. To remove the supercharger and make the engine operate on standard fuel; To improve the cooling system such that the larger output engine could be cooled in the same space. The resulting system for a Meteor-powered tank delivered both the necessary cooling performance, and reduced the power lost in driving the cooling system from 90 hp to 30 hp. A30 Challenger. [18] This speed was extremely beneficial in both attack and defence, outmanoeuvring opponents. The Cromwell is arguably the best known, most produced and most successful of the cruisers lineage started in 1936, at least until the arrival of the Comet in late 1944. In early 1942, Rolls-Royce was chosen to develop the engine, as the Nuffield V12 showed its age, lack of power and reliability. Rex & Rod Cadman Collection, UK. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Centaur VII. This was not entirely accidental; British tank policy of the time suggested that different models of the same tank, carrying different specialised weapons, was a better solution to this problem than a single weapon that attempted to do all things. The first major production version, it also comprised Centaur Is and IIIs upgraded with the latest Meteor engine. Cromwell IV. The Meteor engine delivered 540 hp at 2,250 rpm giving the Cromwell speed as well as manoeuvrability. The Cromwell and Centaur were given additional time to work out these problems. Yad la-Shiryon Museum, Latrun, Israel. This prototype had increased track width and the hull machine gun was removed to increase storage. From it emerged the driver’s visor, a thick glass block protected by an opening “gate” (right-hand side), and a ball mount for the hull Besa machine-gun on the left-hand side. Cromwell Mk.IV, 3rd Welsh Guards Armoured Division, Germany, April 1945 Meanwhile, Rover was having troubles developing Frank Whittle's Power Jets W.2 jet engine design due to increasing animosity between the engineers at Power Jets and Rover. Cromwell IV. Tamamiyle İngiliz tophanelerinde üretilen, iki parçalı namlusu bulunan, yüksek hızlı ve makul bir zırha sahip bir tanktı. Centaur IV. The dual purpose 75 mm main gun fired the same ammunition as the US 75 mm gun as used on the Sherman, and was also fitted to the Churchill, it had around the same HE and armour-piercing capabilities as the 75 mm equipped Sherman tank. While Leyland continued with the Liberty under A27L, the Tank Board continued with the Meteor engine by placing an order directly with Rolls-Royce. Its genesis goes back to 1941, and the choice of the gun and engine proved to be crucial matters. Companies contracted to build the tanks included English Electric, Harland and Wolff, John Fowler & Co., LMS Railway, Metro-Cammell, Morris Motors and Ruston-Bucyrus.[3]. At the same time as negotiations with the US, problems were being encountered with the use of the Vickers 75 mm HV gun in the Cromwell, with a larger turret ring being required. Centaur VII T217875. With engine power doubled, it soon became apparent that the additional stresses placed on the Crusader components required significant re-work to increase reliability. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. A total of 1,070 vehicles were mass-produced from late 1943 through 1945. 19 Low Power radios and kept their main gun. A Centaur Mk.III, for comparison. It was built by Nuffield and rushed out mostly with Crusader components, although the hull, turret design, drivetrain and general configuration were new. Wreck of Centaur VII stored outside with other tank wrecks. Currently just a restored hull with no turret. The Centaur IV Close Support version with a 95 mm howitzer saw service in small numbers as part of the Royal Marine Armoured Support Group on D-Day. Later vehicles fitted an all-round view cupola for the commander to identify and track targets. While the armoured regiments of the latter two divisions were equipped with M4 Shermans, the armoured regiments of the 7th Armoured Division were equipped with Cromwells. In addition, a 2 inch (51 mm) “bomb thrower” angled to fire forward was fitted into the turret top, with thirty smoke grenades carried. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. The Cromwell is a British tier 6 medium tank. Private collection, Czech Republic. The Cromwell's armament was changed from the 6-pounder to the dual purpose 75mm. Cromwell's cooling system was a new design and put through over nine months of testing in a variety of configurations. Tank Encyclopedia's Creator, webmaster and illustrator since 2010. Centaur IV. It had a mixed reception by crews, being faster, with a lower profile and thicker frontal armour plate than the Sherman tank, but also being smaller and more cramped. A single mark could cover up to four types, and a type up to six marks making classification complex. Musée des Blindés, Saumur, France. To add some more confusion, production hulls varied over time and factory adjustments. Adrian Barrell Collection, UK. A30 Cruiser Tank, called Challenger. The photograph was taken in the low ground between the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the Teutobergerwald. The Cromwell is arguably the best known, most produced and most successful of the cruisers lineage started in 1936, at least until the arrival of the Comet in late 1944. There are also a few chassis of indeterminate origin which might be either Centaur or Cromwells. The driver had a one-piece hatch opening to the right and two built-in day periscopes. The engine compartment drew cooling air in through the top of each side and the roof and exhausted it to the rear. As with previous Christie-suspension cruiser tanks, there were no track return rollers, the track being supported instead on the tops of the road wheels, known as the "slack-track" design. In all, 3066 A27M Cromwell were built, but when adding the A27L (950), the entire A27 class was 4016 tanks strong. The engine is just a variant of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine which powered aircraft like the Supermarine Spit… In April 1948, the Centaurs were organised in three Centaur tank companies initially numbered II, IX and XI, but a year later were renumbered 381, 382, 383 and temporarily attached to Reconnaissance Regiments 391, 392, and 393. Centaur Dozer. The A27L, or Cromwell II (for “Leyland”), is almost considered a clone of the A27M, with everything in common but the engine. The A27Ms were already available in the beginning of 1944, but none left the British soil. In fact, with the introduction of Shermans in British service in North Africa at the end of 1942, a consensus was reached about the use of guns firing powerful HE shells against infantry. A virtual duplicate of the Centaur I with the early V12 Meteor engine and 6 pdr (57 mm/2.24 in) gun. Smržovka private tank museum, Czech Republic. The production of Cromwell tanks was ended in 1945. These arrived four months late, and by this time the design was already outdated. [11] A number of Centaurs were also re-purposed as combat engineering vehicles, such as an armoured bulldozer. The latter had access to ammunition racks and had his own No.35 telescope and a one-piece hatch. To maintain the capability to take on Axis tanks, production was to be split: Noting the problems with the medium velocity 75 mm dual purpose weapon, Vickers had already commenced development of a high velocity 75 mm gun that would fire American 75 mm ammunition but at a much higher velocity. A hull and a dozer hull owned by Staman International Trading, Nijverdal, Netherlands. Cromwell Mark IV with hull Type F, 1st RTR, 7th Armoured Division, Germany, 1945. This was unveiled in September 2014 for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the city in 1944. Cromwell IV. This ROQF 75 mm (2.95 in) gun, though able to fire a useful HE shell, was not as effective against armor as the 6-pounder or the Ordnance QF 17 pounder gun. Rex & Rod Cadman Collection, Kent, England. These were fitted with a dummy wooden gun, so as not to appear different to the enemy and attract hostile fire. [16] Centaur under Leyland continued without this development. By the end of 1944, British engineers upgraded the Cromwell, which was at last given a new turret able to house the 17 pdr. Eventually, Meadows was contracted, but by then the manufacturer also declined the order, due to over-capacity. The cooling system, for example, was way better than on the Cavalier. 30 percent with a high velocity weapon: either, Engine compartment armour reduced to save weight, Engine deck redesigned for ease of access to radiators, Driver and hull gunner side opening escape doors, 2 turret bins replacing the removed lockers, Cromwell I. 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