A.34, Cruiser Tank, Comet

(1943) United Kingdom - 1,186 built total

The A34 Comet, last British Cruiser Tank

The A34 Cruiser Tank Comet was a British tank that saw service during World War II and the Korean War. It was designed to replace the earlier Cromwell tank, which had proven inadequate in its role as a cruiser tank.

The Comet entered service in late 1944 and saw action in the European Theater of Operations, primarily in the British and Canadian sectors. It was armed with a 77mm HV (High Velocity) gun, which was capable of penetrating the armor of most German tanks at ranges of up to 2,000 meters. The Comet also had a coaxial machine gun and a hull-mounted machine gun for anti-infantry and anti-aircraft defense.

The Comet had a top speed of around 32 miles per hour and was powered by a Rolls-Royce Meteor engine. It had a crew of five, including a commander, gunner, loader, driver, and radio operator.

In addition to its primary role as a cruiser tank, the Comet was also used in a reconnaissance role, as it was fast and agile enough to perform this task effectively. It saw combat in the final months of the war in Europe, and was also used by the British during the Korean War, where it proved to be effective against North Korean and Chinese tanks.

Overall, the A34 Cruiser Tank Comet was a successful design that addressed the shortcomings of its predecessor and provided the British Army with an effective and versatile tank.

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Dimensions15.6 x 6.9 x 7 ft (4.77 x 2.05 x 2.13 m)
Total weight, battle ready4.5 tons (9000 lbs)
Crew4 (driver, gunner, commander, radio operator)
PropulsionMorris 6-cylinder petrol 96 hp (72 kW), 21.3 hp/ton
Suspension2x4 leaf springs
Speed (road)45 mph (73 km/h)
Range240 miles (380 km)
ArmamentMain: 0.55 (13.97 mm) in Boys Antitank rifle
Secondary: 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Bren LMG or 0.5 in (12.7 mm) Vickers HMG
Armor7 mm overall (0.3 in)
Total production99

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