Image: Comet (IWM)
YearSeptember 1944
Vehicle TypeMedium Tank
Origin & DesignerBritain/Leyland
Numbers Produced1.186
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Hull Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament1 x OQF 77mm L/55 HV Mk. II Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-12° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (24 Seconds Powered)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightNo. 57
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm Besa Machine Gun (Coaxial).
1 x 7.92mm Besa Machine Gun (Bow).
1 x .303 Bren Machine Gun (AA Mount).
Smoke Discharger2 x Six Barrelled dischargers
Ammunition Carried61 x 77mm Rounds + 5.175 x 7.92mm & 600 x .303 + 12 x Smoke Rounds
Combat Weight33.225 kg
Ground Clearance0.40m
Fording Depth1.0m
Trench Crossing2.44m
Obstacle Clearance0.90m
Climbing Ability31°
RadioNo. 19 Set
ArmourHull Front: 74mm.
Hull Sides: 32mm.
Hull Rear: 25mm.
Hull Top: 14mm.
Hull Bottom: 14mm.
Gun Mantlet: 102mm.
Turret Front: 102mm.
Turret Sides: 64mm.
Turret Rear: 57mm.
Turret Top: 25mm.
EngineRolls Royce Meteor (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range198 km
Maximum Cross Country Range119 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed47 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed26 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Comet arrived too late to make a difference in the campaign in Europe, the first formation to receive the new tanks was the 11th armoured division in late 1944, it did see action in the Rhine battles in Spring 1945. The vehicle itself was the best British tank to date mounting a 77mm Hv gun which could knockout the German heavy tanks at a decent range. The Comet went on to serve in Korea before being replaced by the Centurion in 1958 as a main battle tank.