Image: Sexton (IWM)
YearJune 1943
Vehicle TypeSelf-Propelled Gun/Howitzer
Origin & DesignerCanadian/Montreal Locomotive Company
Numbers Produced2.026
Crew6 (Commander, Gunner, Gun Layer, Loader, Radio Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 25 pounder L/28 OQF Mk. II Gun/Howitzer
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-9° to +40°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse15° Right & 25° Left
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightNo. 29
Secondary Armament1 x .303 Bren Light Machine Gun (Bow).
1 x .303 Bren Light Machine Gun (AA Mount).
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried112 x 87.6mm Rounds & 1.150 x .303 Rounds
Combat Weight25.855 kg
Ground Clearance0.43m
Fording Depth1.01m
Trench Crossing1.91m
Obstacle Clearance0.61m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioNo. 19 Set
ArmourHull Front: 64mm.
Hull Sides: 38mm.
Hull Rear: 38mm.
Hull Top: 25mm.
Hull Bottom: 12mm.
Compartment Top: Open.
EngineContinental R-975 C1 (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range290 km
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed32 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
VariantsMk. I: Built on the Ram chassis, 125 produced.
Sexton GPO: which was a Sexton with the gun removed and used as a command vehicle containing extra radios, map tables and intercoms, the GPO stands for Gun Position Officer.
NotesThe Sexton was a self-propelled 25 pdr mounted on a Canadian tank, which was built on the chassis of two vehicles, these were the Ram which was built of the chassis of the US M3 tank and called Ram Mk. I and the Grizzly built on the chassis of the US M4 tank called Ram Mk. II, the Mk. II was the main variant and over 2000 were built. The Sexton first saw action in Italy in 1944 and later in Northern Europe, it served in armoured artillery regiments and was kept in service by the British until 1956.