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|460368 HP Hit Points|
|17.69/17.711.53/0 t Weight Limit|
- Commander (Radio Operator)
|135165 hp Engine Power|
|24/10 km/h Speed Limit|
|2020 deg/s Traverse|
|7.6314.31 hp/t Power/Wt Ratio|
|60/50/60 mm Hull Armor|
|280//280// HP Damage|
|22//22// mm Penetration|
|r/m 6.82 r/m 6.82 Rate of Fire|
▲1058.4 Damage Per Minute
With 50% Crew: 0.842 m
With 50% Crew: 0.842 m
|s 4.5 s 4.5 Aim time|
|2020 deg/s Gun Traverse Speed|
|8° Gun Arc|
|-5°/+15°-5°/+15° Elevation Arc|
|5555 rounds Ammo Capacity|
|Expression error: Unexpected * operator.15 % Chance of Fire|
|m 250 m 250 View Range|
|m 400 m 550 Signal Range|
Developed on the basis of the Valentine tank. The standard turret was replaced by a stationary box-shaped cabin that featured a 25-pounder howitzer. Due to the low gun elevation angle (15 deg), the maximum firing range was only 5,800 m, which is only half as long as its firing range in the towed state. The SPG saw combat in North Africa, Sicily, and South Italy. According to various sources, a total of 80–100 vehicles were produced.
The Bishop feels like a major leap back after the versatility of the Birch Gun; you no longer have a full traversible gun mount, but are forced to deal with a very narrow gun traverse; it has a pitiful range for both guns; and it has a fatally tall silhouette. Its saving grace, however, is better protection than its predecessors, being based on the hull of a Valentine, and its second gun is reasonably better than the 25-pounder. Play the Bishop like an SU-5; move up with the rear lines of your team, and bombard targets of opportunity. Even if you are spotted, you can survive a decent amount of fire while retreating.
The Bishop leads to the FV304.
Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables
|Rate of fire
|IV||Q.F. 25-Pr. Gun/How.||22||280||6.82||0.68||4.5||510||28500|
|Q.F. 4.5-in. Howitzer||28||450||4.65||0.72||4.5||43000|
|Chance of Fire on Impact
|IV||GMC 6004 6-71S||138||15||991||9000|
|V||GMC 6004 6-71A||165||15||991||11000|
|Valentine Mk. II||0||0||4500|
|VII||WS No. 19 Mk. II||450||40||21000|
|VI||WS No. 19 Mk. I||400||40||15000|
|VIII||WS No. 19 Mk. III||550||40||22000|
Pros and Cons
- Good aim time
- Decent rate of fire
- Decent armor for artillery
- Very accurate for artillery
- Good armour, able to bounce many low tier guns, being on a Valentine chassis
- Poor alpha for stock gun
- Superstructure is not as well-armoured as the hull
- Slow and sluggish
- Low shell velocity, even for arty
- Shell travels at a relatively low arc
The Bishop's poor range is actually due to the poor gun elevation than the gun's actual range. This also has the other effect of its shells travelling in a low arc, thus lowering damage. Thus, one way to get around these is to either move up with the team, or find an upward slope to position yourself. Having a high silhouette sometimes discourages the former, so it depends on how much risk the player is willing to take.
The Bishop was a British self-propelled artillery vehicle based on the Valentine tank. A result of a rushed attempt to create a self-propelled gun armed with the 25 Pounder gun-howitzer, the vehicle had numerous problems, was produced in limited numbers and was soon replaced by better designs.
The rapid manoeuvre warfare practiced in the North African Campaign led to a requirement for a self-propelled artillery vehicle armed with the 25 pounder gun-howitzer. In June 1941 the development was entrusted to the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company. A prototype was ready for trials by August and 100 were ordered by November 1941. The result was a vehicle designated Ordnance QF 25-pdr on Carrier Valentine 25-pdr Mk 1 and universally known as Bishop. The Bishop was based on the Valentine II hull, with the turret replaced by a fixed boxy superstructure with large rear doors. Into this superstructure the 25 pounder gun-howitzer was fitted. As a consequence of the gun mounting the resulting vehicle had very high silhouette, a disadvantage in desert warfare. The maximum elevation for the gun was limited to 15 degrees, lowering the range considerably to about 6,400 yards (about half that of the gun on its wheeled carriage), the maximum depression was 5 degrees and traverse 8 degrees. In addition to the main armament the vehicle could carry a Bren light machine gun. By July 1942 80 Bishops had been built, and as the last 20 were being built an order for a further 50 was placed, with an option for a further 200, but the tender was abandoned in favour of the American M7 105 mm SP gun.
Combat historyThe Bishop first saw action during the Second Battle of El Alamein in North Africa and remained in service during the early part of the Italian Campaign. Due to the aforementioned limitations, compounding the Valentine's characteristic slow speed, the Bishop was poorly received almost universally. In order to compensate for insufficient elevation, crews would often build large ramps out of the earth - running the Bishop onto these tilted the whole vehicle back effectively gaining extra elevation for the gun and increasing its maximum range. It was replaced in service by the M7 Priest (105 mm) and Sexton (25-pounder) when those became available in sufficient numbers, and surviving Bishops were diverted for artillery use.
|USA||IIT1 HMC • IIIT18 HMC • IIIM7 Priest • IVT82 HMC • IVM37 • VM41 HMC • VIM44 • VIIM12 • VIIIM40/M43 • IXM53/M55 • XT92 HMC|
|UK||IILoyd Gun Carriage • IIISexton II • IIISexton I • IVBirch Gun • VBishop • VIFV304 • VIICrusader 5.5-in. SP • VIIIFV207 • IXFV3805 • XConqueror Gun Carriage|
|Germany||IIG.Pz. Mk. VI (e) • IIISturmpanzer I Bison • IIIWespe • IVPz.Sfl. IVb • IVSturmpanzer II • VGrille • VIHummel • VIIG.W. Panther • VIIIG.W. Tiger (P) • IXG.W. Tiger • XG.W. E 100|
|France||IIRenault FT 75 BS • IIILorraine 39L AM • IVAMX 105 AM mle. 47 • VAMX 13 105 AM mle. 50 • V105 leFH18B2 • VIAMX 13 F3 AM • VIILorraine 155 mle. 50 • VIIILorraine 155 mle. 51 • IXBat.-Châtillon 155 55 • XBat.-Châtillon 155 58|
|USSR||IISU-18 • IIISU-26 • IVSU-5 • VSU-122A • VISU-8 • VIIS-51 • VIISU-14-1 • VIIISU-14-2 • IX212A • XObject 261|