Image: Matilda Scorpion Mk. I (IWM)
Vehicle TypeFlail Tank
Origin & DesignerBritain/South Africa
Numbers Produced24
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Flail Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x OQF 2 pdr L/50 Mk IX Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-15° to +20°
Turret Traverse360°
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm Besa Machine Gun (Coaxial)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried93 x 40mm & 2.925 x 7.92mm Rounds
Combat Weight26.500 kg (Without Flail Device)
Ground Clearance0.48m
Fording Depth0.91m
Trench Crossing2.13m
Obstacle Clearance0.61m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioNo. 19 Set
ArmourHull Front: 78mm.
Hull Sides: 70mm.
Hull Rear: 55mm.
Hull Top: 20mm.
Hull Bottom: 20mm.
Gun Mantlet: 75mm.
Turret Front: 75mm.
Turret Sides: 75mm.
Turret Rear: 75mm.
Turret Top: 20mm.
EngineLeyland E148 (Diesel)
Transmission6 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range257 km
Maximum Cross Country Range129 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed25 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed15 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
VariantsMk. II:
Year: 1943.
Total: 32.
Notes: Main armament removed and controls moved inside tank.
NotesMain armament removed and controls moved inside tank.
Notes: The Matilda Scorpion was a Matilda Infantry tank fitted with a mine clearing frail. The frail was designed by a South African officer called Maj. A. S. Du Toit which beat a path through mine fields by revolving chains. The device was manned by a crew member positioned in an armoured box attached to the side of the hull of the tank. Later variants moved this device into the turret compartment by removing the main gun. The first Matilda frails saw action at the second Battle of El Alamein in 1942 and went on to serve in the rest of the North African campaign. The Matilda Scorpion was withdrawn from duty in 1943.