Image: Achilles (IWM)
YearOctober 1944
Vehicle TypeTank Destroyer
Origin & DesignerBritain/USA
Numbers Produced4.993
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Assistant Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 17 pdr L/55 OQF Mk. II Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-5° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightNo. 57 ML Mk. I
Secondary Armament1 x .50 Cal M2HB Heavy Machine Gun (AA Mount)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried50 x 76mm + 1000 x .50 Cal Rounds
Combat Weight29.600 kg
Ground Clearance0.43m
Fording Depth0.91m
Trench Crossing2.30m
Obstacle Clearance0.61m
Climbing Ability31°
RadioNo. 19 Set
ArmourHull Front: 51mm.
Hull Sides: 38mm.
Hull Rear: 38mm.
Hull Top: 19mm.
Hull Bottom: 13mm.
Gun Mantle: 57mm.
Turret Front: None.
Turret Sides: 25mm.
Turret Rear: 25mm.
Turret Top: 20mm.
EngineGeneral Motors 6046 (Diesel)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range320 km
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed27 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Achilles was the US designed M10 tank destroyer modified to carry the 17 pdr anti-tank gun, this replaced the usual 3in M7 gun. The 17 pdr packed a harder punch then the 3in and could engage the German Panther and Tiger tanks at ranges over a 1000m. It gave the British anti-tank batteries time to move and repel German tank attacks before standard towed guns could be brought into action. As with the Archer the Achilles was issued to anti-tank batteries of the Royal Artillery and saw action in North West Europe and Italy.