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  1. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    So heres the thing. OTL the Crusader had slightly better armour and significantly more speed than the A10. Add to that OTL in 1940 the only tanks around or in the works were armed with the 2pdr. The decision to move forward with the crusader over other cruisers was completely justified and...
  2. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Well with LMS not building the covenanter anymore plenty of opportunity for plenty more of them.
  3. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    At times this forum is fantastic. I make the (slightly) bold claim that in TTL the Crusader has the potential to either get cancelled or very heavily modified to the point it is pretty much a new tank. Everyone else is engrossed in an in depth (and quite fascinating) discussion on diesel engines.
  4. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Nice update, you may have just butterflied the Crusader as well. If Vickers can get a look at a 6pdr and show a prototype 6pdr Valiant turret soonish, before the end of the year say, something Vickers would be more than capable of then that suddenly changes the dynamic of the UK tank...
  5. England Expects More....

    He was basically a one man band. He had no deputies or staff of any real sort so he had to basically take on everything. The stress of that combined with 14+ hour days would really wear you down and knock your immune system for six. At that point t something like flu will finish you off fairly fast
  6. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Couple of questions. To the engine people out there. Could Perkins make any improvements to the Lion in terms of power output etc? They're already going to have to make changes to it for mass production so in the process could it be improved? The 6pdr, does anyone know when it was ready to...
  7. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    That should have read "easily in a 3 man turret". I know I have been going on about how Britain was willing to accept less than Idea arrangement on it's tanks but normally only when their was no better way.
  8. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Have to agree that the best Britain can hope for is a more orderly withdrawal from France based on a more successful Arras. It is one thing to have more tanks, quite another to have the troops to both man and support them. The OTL battle of Arras was in reality more of a heavy raid given the...
  9. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    True, unless the HE round is loaded to a lower pressure than the AP round. If it was Royal Ordnance designing the gun that wouldn't happen but it isn't. the OTL Vickers 75mm HV used the US 75mm shell fired at a low velocity compared to the AP shell. This at least shows Vickers has the potential...
  10. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    I know, that doesn't mean expectations cant be exceeded. It would hardly be the first time in Human history that designers produced something that far exceeded the design requirements. The gun the Vickers team is designing is a parts gun. It is reusing a lot of parts from other guns including I...
  11. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    YAY no Covenanter. That is a big bonus to Britain and it's tank numbers. YAY 6pdr No, not 1500 Valiant's, it will likely be more. With Vickers helping to get production set up and with the better and quicker manufacturing methods the number of tanks will likely increase. YAY more Matilda II's...
  12. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    I would have thought so. By that point it will be to far gone to consider reviving. Much easier to get them building more Matilda II's This was something I picked up on as well. It has the potential to be a major problem that turns out to be a blessing in disguise. It looks like production of...
  13. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Will depend, if you use the same case as the 77mm (the 420R of the 3") then you could boot the pressure up as high if the barrel and breach will handle it.
  14. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    The gun in question is a new design for TTL. Its not entered production or even full development yet. I was assuming similar performance to the 77mm HV. That article would seem to confirm that as the rough ballpark for the gun.
  15. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    The filler difference realistically isn't that much of an issue. The real issue was the higher velocity of the round meant it often buried itself before exploding thus reducing its effect. If either shell went off in a fairly close area to the target in the open it was having a really bad time.
  16. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    The problem in France was that the high command and politicians had bottled it. Whilst the idea that a calais pocket may slow down the Germans makes some sense it is unlikely to much alter the whole bottle it situation. If Britain sits in the pocket the Britain is shirking and letting France...
  17. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    That's likely a big ask. The more likely scenario is to try and get everyone and everything out as soon as possible so they can be reorganised and sent back to help the fight in the south. A lodgement up north is good for tieing down some troops but most of it will likely be in artillery range...
  18. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    1, The fact Britain is likely going to be in a much better position regarding equipment means they are likely to rely far less heavily on American equipment. That means less exposure to the 75mm. 2, True, any requirement for fitting the Vickers into a tank is a long way off. Any requirement for...
  19. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Im a Brit as well, im also fully aware of the flaws of British tank doctrine and arms. If given the choice between the 6pdr and the 75mm I would choose the 75mm from the outset. I have never claimed the 75mm was a bad gun, I have taken exception to the attitudes of some members of this forum in...
  20. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    The thing is the timeline for Britain adopting the US 75mm makes no sense. TTL it is mid 1939 and Vickers are already looking at the design of the 77mm HV (well something likely very similar) so it could well be coming off production lines in late 40 or early 41. That's before the Sherman has...
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