INFANTRY TANK (A22-B) Churchill Mk. III

INFANTRY TANK (A22-B) Churchill Mk. III
Image: Churchill Mk. III (IWM)
YearDecember 1941
Vehicle TypeHeavy Infantry Tank
Origin & DesignerBritain/Various
Numbers Produced675
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader Hull Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament1 x OQF 6 pdr L/43 Mk. V Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-12.5° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (Powered)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightNo. 54 ML Mk. I
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 2in Smoke Mortars
Ammunition Carried84 x 57mm + 9.450 x 7.92mm & 600 x .303 + 30 x Smoke Rounds
Combat Weight39.574m
Ground Clearance0.51m
Fording Depth0.91m
Trench Crossing3.0m
Obstacle Clearance1.13m
Climbing Ability34°
RadioNo. 19 Set
ArmourHull Front: 89mm.
Hull Sides: 76mm.
Hull Rear: 50mm.
Hull Top: 19mm.
Hull Bottom: 16mm.
Gun Mantle: 86mm.
Turret Front: 86mm.
Turret Sides: 76mm.
Turret Rear: 76mm.
Turret Top: 19mm.
EngineTwo Bedford Twin-Six (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range259 km
Maximum Cross Country Range154 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed26 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed13 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesMajor improvements over the Mk. II these included a new 6 pdr gun, welded turret and catwalks added to the upper tracks.