Image: Archer (IWM)
YearOctober 1944
Vehicle TypeTank Destroyer
Origin & DesignerBritain/Vickers
Numbers Produced655
Crew4 (Commander, Gunner, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 17 pdr L/55 OQF Mk. II Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-7° to +15°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse44° (Manual)
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightNo. 43
Secondary Armament1 x .303in Bren Light Machine Gun (AA Mount)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried52 x 76mm + 720 x .303in Rounds
Combat Weight16.300 kg
Ground Clearance0.41m
Fording Depth0.91m
Trench Crossing2.36m
Obstacle Clearance0.84m
Climbing Ability32°
RadioNo. 18 WT CSL 126/14 Set
ArmourHull Front: 20mm.
Hull Sides: 20mm.
Hull Rear: 14mm.
Hull Top: 10mm.
Hull Bottom: 10mm.
Gun Mantle: 20mm.
Turret Front: 20mm.
Turret Sides: 20mm.
Turret Rear: 20mm.
Turret Top: Open.
EngineGMC Type 6-71M (Diesel)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range145 km
Maximum Cross Country Range121 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed32 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed16 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesBased on the Valentine chassis the Archer mounted a rear facing 17 pdr anti-tank gun, this allowed the hard hitting 17 pdr to adopt a hit and run style tactics with the vehicle ready to change position once it had fired. The Archer was issued to anti-tank batteries of the Royal Artillery and saw action in North West Europe and Italy.