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Cruiser Mk. III

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[Client Values; Actual values in
Specifically, the mismatch in crew values caused by commander's 10% crew skill bonus. Outside of a crew of 1 commander only, 100% crew is a fiction. The client values, given for 100% crew, will normally be taken into battle with 110% crew skill members aside from specific functions, causing their actual performance to deviate from the expected client value. These differences are taken into account in tooltip boxes.
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3,800  Credits Cost
140150 HP Hit Points
14.19/14.514.53/17 t Weight Limit
Crew
  1. Commander (Radio Operator)
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Loader
Mobility
340395 hp Engine Power
48/20 km/h Speed Limit
3235 deg/s Traverse
23.9627.19 hp/t Power/Wt Ratio
NoNo Pivot
Armor
14/14/14 mm Hull Armor
14/14/1414/12/14 mm Turret Armor
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30/800/15
Shell Cost
9//45/45/60 HP Damage
27//49/71/23 mm Penetration



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102.3 r/m 

Magazine-fed Gun

Burst Length: 5 rounds
Magazine Size: 40 rounds
Cycle Time: 0.14 s
Magazine Reload Times
Nominal: 18 s
50% Crew: 22.3 s
75% Crew: 19.47 s
100% Crew: 17.26 s
With Vents: 16.88 s
With Vents and BiA: 16.51 s

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24.27 r/m 

Magazine-fed Gun

Burst Length: 1 rounds
Magazine Size: 4 rounds
Cycle Time: 0.63 s
Magazine Reload Times
Nominal: 8 s
50% Crew: 9.91 s
75% Crew: 8.65 s
100% Crew: 7.67 s
With Vents: 7.5 s
With Vents and BiA: 7.34 s

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Rate of Fire






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139.41

Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (9 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 139.41
50% Crew: 114.93
75% Crew: 129.96
100% Crew: 144.72
With Vents: 142.2
With Vents and BiA: 144.99

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 460.44
50% Crew: 442.8
75% Crew: 453.6
100% Crew: 464.31
With Vents: 462.51
With Vents and BiA: 464.49

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340.65

Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (45 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 340.65
50% Crew: 288
75% Crew: 320.4
100% Crew: 351.45
With Vents: 346.5
With Vents and BiA: 352.35

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 478.35
50% Crew: 432.45
75% Crew: 460.8
100% Crew: 488.25
With Vents: 483.75
With Vents and BiA: 488.7

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Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 2 (45 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 340.65
50% Crew: 288
75% Crew: 320.4
100% Crew: 351.45
With Vents: 346.5
With Vents and BiA: 352.35

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 478.35
50% Crew: 432.45
75% Crew: 460.8
100% Crew: 488.25
With Vents: 483.75
With Vents and BiA: 488.7

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Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 3 (60 Damage):
With wholly penetrating hits

Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 454.2
50% Crew: 384
75% Crew: 427.2
100% Crew: 468.6
With Vents: 462
With Vents and BiA: 469.8

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 637.8
50% Crew: 576.6
75% Crew: 614.4
100% Crew: 651
With Vents: 645
With Vents and BiA: 651.6

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Damage Per Minute


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0.53 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.657 m
With 75% Crew: 0.573 m
With 100% Crew: 0.508 m
With BiA: 0.497 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.486 m
Maximum possible: 0.466 m

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0.48 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.595 m
With 75% Crew: 0.519 m
With 100% Crew: 0.46 m
With BiA: 0.45 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.44 m
Maximum possible: 0.422 m

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1.9 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.354 s
With 75% Crew: 2.055 s
With 100% Crew: 1.822 s
With GLD: 1.656 s
With BiA: 1.782 s
With BiA and Vents: 1.743 s
With both and GLD: 1.584 s
Maximum possible: 1.519 s

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1.9 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.354 s
With 75% Crew: 2.055 s
With 100% Crew: 1.822 s
With GLD: 1.656 s
With BiA: 1.782 s
With BiA and Vents: 1.743 s
With both and GLD: 1.584 s
Maximum possible: 1.519 s

For more details, see Crew or Equipment
Aim time
4642 deg/s Turret Traverse
360° Gun Arc
-15°/+20°-15°/+20° Elevation Arc
400120 rounds Ammo Capacity
General
2020 % Chance of Fire






320 m 

With 50% Crew: 251.4 m
With 75% Crew: 285.7 m
With 100% Crew: 320 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 336.2 m
With Coated Optics: 352 m
With Binocular Telescope: 400 m
Maximum possible: 458.1 m

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320 m 

With 50% Crew: 251.4 m
With 75% Crew: 285.7 m
With 100% Crew: 320 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 336.2 m
With Coated Optics: 352 m
With Binocular Telescope: 400 m
Maximum possible: 458.1 m

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View Range


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350 m 

With 50% Crew: 275 m
With 75% Crew: 312.5 m
With 100% Crew: 350 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 420 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 385 m
Maximum possible: 503.6 m

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350 m 

With 50% Crew: 275 m
With 75% Crew: 312.5 m
With 100% Crew: 350 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 420 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 385 m
Maximum possible: 503.6 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment
Signal Range
Values are Stock - click for Top


II

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The Cruiser Mk. III is a British tier 2 light tank.

The vehicle was developed on the basis of the M1931 Christie tanks, purchased by the British Army in 1936. The vehicle was intended to be a fast, lightly-armored breakthrough tank. The modified design was deemed successful and became the basis for other cruiser tanks. A total of 65 vehicles were built. They saw combat in France and North Africa in 1940–1941.

The Cruiser Mk. III leads to the Cruiser Mk. IV.

Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables

Modules

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Guns

Tier Gun Penetration
(mm)
Damage
(HP)
Rate of fire
(rounds/minute)
Dispersion
(m/100m)
Aiming time
(s)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

I 15 mm Machine Gun BESA 27 9 102.38 0.53 1.7 70 1900
III QF 2-pdr Mk. IX 64/121/23 45/45/60 24 0.4 1.9 130 6000
IV 40 mm Pom-Pom 49/71/23 45/45/60 24.3 0.48 1.9 160 20000

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Turrets

Tier Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear)
(mm)
Turret Traverse Speed
(deg/s)
View Range
(m)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

I Cruiser Mk. III 14/14/14 46 320 2250 120
II Cruiser Mk. III* 14/12/14 42 320 2500 500

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Engines

Tier Engine Engine Power
(hp)
Chance of Fire on Impact
(%)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

IV Nuffield Liberty Mk. III 395 20 383 11500
III Nuffield Liberty Mk. II 340 20 383 500

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Suspensions

Tier Suspension Load Limit
(т)
Traverse Speed
(гр/сек)
Rmin Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

I Cruiser Mk. III 14.5 32 B/2 4500 330
II Cruiser Mk. III* 17 35 B/2 4500 610

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Radios

Tier Radio Signal Range
(м)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

III WS No. 11 350 40 600


Compatible Equipment

Light Spall Liner Camouflage Net Coated Optics Experimental Optics Wear-Resistant Gun Laying Drive Venting System Extended Spare Parts Kit Enhanced Gun Laying Drive Enhanced Christie Suspension Improved Ventilation Class 1 Binocular Telescope Toolbox 

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher Natural Cover Optical Calibration Aim Tuning Experienced Firefighters 100-octane Gasoline 105-octane Gasoline Manual Fire Extinguisher Vent Purge Large First Aid Kit Large Repair Kit Duty Comes First Shell Organizer Focus on Target Pudding and Tea Increased Focus Small First Aid Kit Small Repair Kit Gearbox Intricacy Steady Hand Pre-Battle Maintenance Combat Course 


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Good power/weight ratio
  • Upgraded turret provides spaced armor
  • High view range
  • Excellent choice of guns
  • Extreme gun depression, one of the best in the game


Cons:


  • Weak armour and below average HP
  • Horrifyingly poor hull traverse at high speed
  • Vulnerable to ammo rack damage from frontal shots, as ammo rack is located in the front
  • Slow aiming speed for the pom-pom gun
  • Auto cannons and HE shells are very effective against this tank


Performance

Stock, this tank turns poorly at high speed, similar to the USSR A-20. However, once you're going in the right direction you will reach top speed rather quickly thanks to the tanks engine power. With this tank you have to choose between two really good guns: On the one hand you have the Ordnance QF 2-Pounder Mark IX with probably the best mix of accuracy, penetration and damage that you can find in a tier 2 tank, able to penetrate all tanks up to tier IV from the front, with good alpha damage. This is one of the few non-tank destroyer mounted cannons that can consistently penetrate the H35's frontal armor plating, making this cannon a good counter to heavily armored enemy tanks. On the other hand you can use the semi-automatic 40mm Pom Pom gun which has a 4 shot magazine with devastating effect against close targets. The 40mm Pom-Pom can 1-drum kill almost every opponent at tier II, all Tier II-III tank destroyers, artillery up to tier IV and has adequate penetration against the targets that the Cruiser Mark III will meet.

Compared to the Cruiser Mark I, while both tanks use the same weapons (besides the Mark III's stock 15mm machine gun), the Mark III has much better speed and mobility whereas the Mark I has even better gun handling. As a result, the Mark III plays more as a flanker while the Mark I is more suited to sniping.

Note that the 40mm Pom Pom has a ridiculously quick clip refire rate of 96rpm between shells, meaning that the entire clip's worth of 180 damage can be emptied in 1 second.

While it doesn't have much in the way of armour, it has very good gun depression, allowing it to easily hull down in hilly terrain. The second turret has spaced armour on the sides, and helps absorb HE damage.

One interesting thing to note is that every British radio, all the way up to tier 10, has the same weight. So, radio upgrades will never factor into any weight capacity considerations you may have when it comes to your British tanks.


Early Research

All guns can be mounted on the tank, even while stock, so first on the list is a gun upgrade. After that you should go for suspension and engine to slightly improve your hull traverse. After that's done, you may choose to research the upgraded turret, which provides faster aim times, or move up a Tier.


Suggested Equipment


Improved VentilationEnhanced Suspension Camouflage Net 


Gallery

Historical Info

Cruiser, Mk III also known by its General Staff specification number A13 Mark I was a British cruiser tank of the Second World War. It was the first British cruiser tank to use the Christie suspension system which gave higher speeds and better cross-country performance, previous models of cruiser tanks having used triple wheeled bogie suspension.

Development history

Orders for the Mk I and Mk II Cruiser tanks were restricted, since the British Army had decided to produce a more advanced and faster cruiser tank which would incorporate the Christie suspension designed by American inventor J. Walter Christie and have better armour. In 1936, General Martel, a pioneer in tank design who had published works on armoured warfare and pioneered the lightly armoured "tankette" to enhance infantry mobility, became Assistant Director of Mechanization at the War Office. Later that year Martel witnessed demonstrations of Soviet tank designs including the BT tank, which had been influenced by Christie's work. He urged the adoption of a tank that would use the suspension system and also follow Christie's practice of using a lightweight aircraft engine such as the Liberty Engine. The government authorized purchase and licensing of a Christie design via the Nuffield Organization rather than contact the Soviet authorities.

The vehicle obtained from Christie became the basis of the Cruiser Mk III (A13). It had to be extensively redesigned by Morris Commercial Cars as it was too small and had several faults Christie had not addressed. A new company Nuffield Mechanization & Aero Limited was formed for the development and production of the design. At a meeting of the General Staff, an official specification was determined. This included 30 mm (1.2 in) armour, a 2 pdr gun, road speed of 30 mph. A subsequent review of the specification by Martel and Hobart approved 30mm armour all round provided cross-country speed could be kept at 25 mph. Pending the delivery of the A13, an interim design was approved - of the A7, A9 and A10, the A9 was selected.

The first prototype (the A13-E1) was delivered in 1937. Following testing of the two prototypes, the A13 was ordered into production and a total of 65 were manufactured. The Mk III weighed 14 long tons (14,200 kg) had a crew of 4, a 340 hp engine which gave a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h) and was armed with a 2 pounder gun and a machine gun. However, when it was introduced into service in 1937, the Army still lacked a formal tank division. Sixty five were built, the original order being for 50. The order was completed by mid 1939.

Combat history

Like most British cruisers, the A 13 was fast but under armoured and proved unreliable mechanically. Most were lost in the French campaign in 1940, but a few were used in Greece and the North African campaign in 1940-41. The basic design was used for the Cruiser Mk IV. As part of the British Expeditionary Force sent to France, the Cruiser Mark II equipped units in the 1st Armoured Division. In the Western Desert 1940-1941 (Libya) they were in the units of the 7th Armoured Division.


Historical Gallery


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