Image: Centurion Mk. II (IWM)
Vehicle TypeMedium Tank
Origin & DesignerBritain/Vickers
Numbers Produced100
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Radio Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x OQF 3 pdr L/32 Mk. I Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-7° to +16°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Secondary Armament1 x .303 Vickers Machine Gun (Coaxial)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried95 x 47mm & 5.000 x .303 Rounds
Combat Weight13.500 kg
Ground Clearance0.45m
Fording Depth1.20m
Trench Crossing2.0m
Obstacle Clearance1.20m
Climbing Ability45°
RadioNo. 14 Set
ArmourHull Front: 8mm.
Hull Sides: 8mm.
Hull Rear: 8mm.
Hull Top: 6.35mm.
Hull Bottom: mm.
Gun Mantle: 8mm.
Turret Front: 8mm.
Turret Sides: 6.5mm.
Turret Rear: 6.5mm.
Turret Top: 6.5mm.
EngineArmstrong-Siddeley V-8 (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range193 km
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed24 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed16 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
VariantsMk. II*: 56 had their Hotchkiss machine guns replaced with a single Vickers machine gun
Mk. IIA: 20 new vehicles built in 1930 with minor improvements
Mk. II**: 44 Mk. IIs brought up to II* standard
Mk. IIA*: 20 Mk. IIAs brought up to II** standard
NotesThe Vickers medium was the first British tank to have a fully traversable turret giving the main gun a 360° field of fire. They equipped the medium tank regiments and served until 1936 were they were used for training, some however saw action in the early phase of the desert war in WW2.