Image: Churchill Crocodile (IWM)
YearOctober 1943
Vehicle TypeHeavy Flame-Thrower Tank
Origin & DesignerBritain/ REME
Numbers Produced800
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Hull Flame Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament1 x OQF 75mm L/36.5 Mk. V Gun & 1 x Flame-Thrower
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 Sight2.49m
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm Besa & 1 x .303 Bren Machine Guns
Smoke Discharger2 x 2in Bomb Throwers
Ammunition Carried84 x 75mm & 4.500 x 7.92mm + 600 x .303 & 30 x Smoke Rounds.
Flame-Thrower Trailer: 1.800 Litres of Fuel.
Combat WeightAFV: 40.600 kg
Fuel Trailer: 6.500 kg
Ground Clearance0.51m
Fording Depth1.02m
Trench Crossing3.05m
Obstacle Clearance1.13m
Climbing Ability34°
RadioNo. 19 Set
ArmourHull Front: 152mm
Hull Sides: 57mm
Hull Rear: 50mm
Hull Top: 25mm
Hull Bottom: 19mm
Gun Mantle: 152mm
Turret Front: 152mm
Turret Sides: 95mm
Turret Rear: 95mm
Turret Top: 20mm
Fuel Trailer: 12mm
EngineTwo Bedford Twin Six (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range228 km
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed21 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed12 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Churchill Crocodile had a flame-thrower installed in place of the hull machine gun, this was fed by an armoured trailer towed by the tank and this could be jettisoned if hit. The Thrower could shoot a jet of flame up to 150m. The Crocodile was issued to specialist formations and served in Northern Europe with the 31st armoured brigade and Italy with the 25th assault brigade. Crocodiles also served in Korea with the 29th brigade.