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GB58_Cruiser_Mk_III (Stock)

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Totals
3800 Precio
140 Puntos de impacto
14.15 / 14.5 kgPeso
Crew
  1. Comandante
Armor
14/14/14Blindaje del chasis(frontal/laterales/trasero, mm)
14/14/14Blindaje de la torreta(frontal/laterales/trasero, mm)
Maneuver
340 CVPotencia del motor
48 km/hLímite de velocidad
40 grados/sVelocidad de rotación
Firepower
9 Daño de proyectil estándar
27 mmPerforación estándar del proyectil
18 Tiempo en completar carga
48 grados/sVelocidad de rotación torreta
Communication
320 mCampo de vista
350 mAlcance de radio
II
Cruiser Mk. III
3800
El vehículo se desarrolló actualizando extensamente dos prototipos del tanque Christie M1931 que el ejército británico había adquirido en 1936. El vehículo se diseñó como un tanque de avance rápido y de blindado ligero. El diseño modificado se consideró un éxito y fue la base de otros tanques de crucero. Se construyeron sesenta y cinco vehículos de ese tipo. Entraron en acción en Francia y África del Norte en 1940-1941.

Cruiser Mk. III

Stock

Nivel Torreta Peso (t) Blindaje de la torreta (frontal/laterales/trasero, mm) Velocidad de rotación de la torreta (gra/s) Alcance de visión (m)
turret I Cruiser Mk. III 2250 14/14/14 48 320
Nivel Cañón Peso (t) Penetración media (mm) Cadencia de tiro Dispersión a 100 m Tiempo en apuntar
gun I 15 mm Machine Gun BESA 70 27 9 102.38 0.53 1.9
Nivel Motor Peso (t) Potencia del motor (c.v.) Posibilidad de incendio tras disparo
engine III Nuffield Liberty Mk. II 383 340 20
Nivel Suspensión Peso (t) Límite de carga Velocidad de rotación (gra/s)
chassis I Cruiser Mk. III 4500 14.5 40
Nivel Radio Peso (t) Alcance de radio (m)
radio III WS No. 11 0 350
Nivel Torreta Peso (t) Blindaje de la torreta (frontal/laterales/trasero, mm) Velocidad de rotación de la torreta (gra/s) Alcance de visión (m)
turret I Cruiser Mk. III 2250 14/14/14 48 320
Nivel Cañón Peso (t) Penetración media (mm) Cadencia de tiro Dispersión a 100 m Tiempo en apuntar
gun III QF 2-pdr Mk. IX 130 64/121/23 45/45/60 24 0.4 2.3
Nivel Motor Peso (t) Potencia del motor (c.v.) Posibilidad de incendio tras disparo
engine IV Nuffield Liberty Mk. III 383 395 20
Nivel Suspensión Peso (t) Límite de carga Velocidad de rotación (gra/s)
chassis I Cruiser Mk. III 4500 14.5 40
Nivel Radio Peso (t) Alcance de radio (m)
radio V WS No. 9 0 375

Cruiser Mk III*

Health

Nivel Torreta Peso (t) Blindaje de la torreta (frontal/laterales/trasero, mm) Velocidad de rotación de la torreta (gra/s) Alcance de visión (m)
turret II Cruiser Mk. III* 2500 14/12/14 45 320
Nivel Cañón Peso (t) Penetración media (mm) Cadencia de tiro Dispersión a 100 m Tiempo en apuntar
gun IV 40 mm Pom-Pom 160 49/71/23 45/45/60 24.3 0.48 1.9
Nivel Motor Peso (t) Potencia del motor (c.v.) Posibilidad de incendio tras disparo
engine IV Nuffield Liberty Mk. III 383 395 20
Nivel Suspensión Peso (t) Límite de carga Velocidad de rotación (gra/s)
chassis II Cruiser Mk. III* 4500 17 42
Nivel Radio Peso (t) Alcance de radio (m)
radio VII WS No. 19 Mk. II 0 450

Cruiser Mk III**

Attack

Nivel Torreta Peso (t) Blindaje de la torreta (frontal/laterales/trasero, mm) Velocidad de rotación de la torreta (gra/s) Alcance de visión (m)
turret II Cruiser Mk. III* 2500 14/12/14 45 320
Nivel Cañón Peso (t) Penetración media (mm) Cadencia de tiro Dispersión a 100 m Tiempo en apuntar
gun III QF 2-pdr Mk. IX 130 64/121/23 45/45/60 24 0.4 1.9
Nivel Motor Peso (t) Potencia del motor (c.v.) Posibilidad de incendio tras disparo
engine IV Nuffield Liberty Mk. III 383 395 20
Nivel Suspensión Peso (t) Límite de carga Velocidad de rotación (gra/s)
chassis II Cruiser Mk. III* 4500 17 42
Nivel Radio Peso (t) Alcance de radio (m)
radio VII WS No. 19 Mk. II 0 450

Compatible Equipment

Antifragmentación pequeño
Red de camuflaje
Óptica recubierta
Cierre de retícula mejorado
Suspensión Christie mejorada
Ventilación mejorada clase 1
Telescopio binocular
Caja de herramientas

Compatible Consumables

Extintor automático de incendios
Gasolina de 100 octanos
Gasolina de 105 octanos
Extintor manual de incendios
Botiquín de primeros auxilios grande
Kit de reparación grande
Pudding y té
Botiquín de primeros auxilios pequeño
Kit de reparación pequeño

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Good power/weight ratio
  • Upgraded turret provides spaced armor
  • High view range
  • Excellent choice of guns
  • Very high gun depression


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 T18s 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. Beware of the T18, as its 75mm AT Howitzer M1A1 can one-shot this tank everywhere. The T18 can be penetrated by shooting the sloped upper glacis of the tank, but avoid the casemate as it can deflect some shots from the 40mm.

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, especially from the T18's nasty 75mm AT Howitzer M1A1.

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.


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


UK
Light Tanks IICruiser Mk. I IICruiser Mk. III IIICruiser Mk. IV IIICruiser Mk. II IVValentine IVCovenanter VCrusader
Medium Tanks IVickers Medium Mk. I IIVickers Medium Mk. II IIIVickers Medium Mk. III IVMatilda VMatilda Black Prince VICromwell VICromwell Knight VIIComet VIIICenturion Mk. I IXCenturion Mk. 7/1 XFV4202
Heavy Tanks VChurchill I VExcelsior VIChurchill VII VITOG II* VIIBlack Prince VIIICaernarvon IXConqueror XFV215b
Tank Destroyers IIUniversal Carrier 2-pdr IIIValentine AT IVAlecto VAT 2 VIChurchill Gun Carrier VIAT 8 VIIAT 15A VIIAT 7 VIIIAT 15 IXTortoise XFV215b (183)
Self-Propelled Artillery IILoyd Gun Carriage IIISexton II IIISexton I IVBirch Gun VBishop VIFV304 VIICrusader 5.5-in. SP VIIIFV207 IXFV3805 XConqueror Gun Carriage
Light Tanks
USA IT1 Cunningham IIM2 Light Tank IIT1E6-X IIT1E6-X1 IIT2 Light Tank IIT7 Combat Car IIIM22 Locust IIIM3 Stuart IIIMTLS-1G14 IVM5 Stuart VM24 Chaffee VIT21 VIT37 VIIM41 Walker Bulldog VIIT71 VIIIM41B Brazilian Bulldog VIIIT49
UK IICruiser Mk. I IICruiser Mk. III IIICruiser Mk. IV IIICruiser Mk. II IVValentine IVCovenanter VCrusader
Germany ILeichttraktor IIPz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) IIPz.Kpfw. 35 (t) IIPz.Kpfw. I IIPz.Kpfw. II IIIPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) IIIPz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J IIIPz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G IIIT-15 IVPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) n.A. IVPz.Kpfw. II Luchs VVK 16.02 Leopard VIVK 28.01 VIIAufklärungspanzer Panther VIIISpähpanzer Ru 251
France IRenault FT IID1 IIHotchkiss H35 IIIAMX 38 IVAMX 40 VELC AMX VIAMX 12t VIF224 AMX Chaffee VIIAMX 13 75 VIIIAMX 13 90
USSR IMS-1 IIBT-2 IIT-26 IIT-60 IITetrarch IIIBT-7 IIIBT-SV IIIM3 Light IIIT-127 IIIT-46 IIIT-70 IVA-20 IVT-50 IVT-80 IVValentine II VIMT-25 VIILTTB VIIIT-54 ltwt.
China IRenault NC-31 IIVickers Mk. E Type B IIIType 2597 Chi-Ha IVM5A1 Stuart VI59-16 VIType 64 VIIWZ-131 VIIIWZ-132
Japan IRenault Otsu IIType 95 Ha-Go IIIType 98 Ke-Ni IVType 5 Ke-Ho
Czechoslovakia
Sweden