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British Heavy Tanks and Prototypes - WWII and Post War


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British A45 - FV200 serie - (1947 initial concept)

Information from several websites on internet

Next variants were proposed - all vehicles were based on the FV200 chassis

FV201 - the Universal Tank
FV202 - AVRE (T)
FV203 - AVRE (L)
FV204 - Universal Flail
FV205 - SPMedium Anti-Tank Mounting
FV206 - SP Medium Artillery
FV207 - SP Heavy Artillery
FV208 - Universal Bridgelayer
FV209 - Universal ARV
FV210 - Tractor Heavy Artillery
FV212 - Assault Personnel Carrier
FV213 - Beach armoured recovery vehicle
FV214 - Conqueror Mk 1 or MK2
FV215A - Heavy armoured vehicle, Royal Engineers
FV215B - SPG heavy, 183mm anti-tank gun
FV216 - Tank, heavy, Royal Engineers, flail
FV217 - SPG medium, No 1, 120mm anti-tank gun
FV219 - Conqueror ARV Mk 1
FV221 - Caernarvon MK 1
FV221 - Caernarvon Mk 2
FV222 - Conqueror ARV Mk 2
FV223 - Bridgelayer ARK


A45 with 17 pounder gun and Centurion MKIII turret- (Prototype)

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The A45 has the hull following the shape of A41 Centurion but with vertical hull sides and four new suspension units per side. The prototype would be ready by mid 1946.
The A45 use a remote operated .30 mg on the front left track guard


FV214 - Conqueror with 120mm gun in new turret

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Remaining example from Belgian Warmuseum

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Pictures built Cromwell Models kit

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FV215b - Nightmare on tracks - (with a auto-loading 183mm gun)

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FV4005 - Conway armed with 183mm Autoloader Gun

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The FV215b is a prototype variant of the FV 214, or its other name, the conqueror. The 183mm was first tested on the FV 4005 Conway, but after tests failed the gun would attempted to be mounted on the conqueror as the FV215b. There is very little information around, and you would be better off looking at the Conway to figure out the performance of the gun. The only one of these that was ever built was a full sized mock up.
Now for after some more digging we run into a problem. Although the FV215b is capable of full turret traverse it actually would have to use a limited traverse. The reason being that the gun was so large that it would have tipped over when turning the turret around. Also it will have to be nerfed in armor, speed or both to make up for carrying such a big gun. The conqueror itself possessed 178mm of frontal armor (which when including the angle worked out to be 350mm of turret armor and 260mm for the Glacis against KE. Now the conqueror also had a 12hp/tonne (compared to the centurion's 13). So nerfs would have to happen for a tank with that level of armor and a 183mm gun to take its place in the game. The gun on the FV215b also would be insane. The damage an armor piercing (the premium ones) 180mm round from the B-1-P in this game does 1100. This essentially means that the 183mm could one or two shot any tank in the game. To top it off chances are that this gun will rarely rarely fail to penetrate
(info taken from http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index.php?/topic/38433-british-tank-tree-discussion-pictures-and-info/page__st__140


FV221 - Caernarvon with 20-pounder gun in Centurion MKIII turret

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Pictures built 1/35 model - owner unknown

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FV222 - ARV version

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British A46 - FV300 serie - (1947 initial concept)

The FV300 series were intended as a range of light vehicles analogous to FV3800 series

The masters of the models below were after research by Kees van Meel and David Fletcher from The Tank Museum, Bovington, built by HenkofHolland with additional work from Henry Klom. There are no original examples of these tanks anymore. Also the most of the documentation i.e. photographs and drawings in the British Military Archives are lost. The models are not for sale and not in my collection, The masters and moulds are damaged and lost


Next variants were proposed - all vehicles were based on the FV300 chassis

FV301 - Light Tank
FV302 - Command Post
FV303 - 20pnd SP Gun
FV304 - 25pnd SP Gun
FV305 - 5.5" SP Gun
FV306 - Light ARV
FV307 - Radar vehicle
FV308 - Field Artillery Tractor
FV309 - Ammunition Vehicle
FV310 - Light APC
FV311 - Armoured Load Carrier


FV301 with 77mm gun

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FV302 GPO/CPO or FV310 Light APC or test chassis from the FV300 series

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FV303 with 20 pounder SPG

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British FV304 with 25 pounder SPG

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A46 Prototype

The British A46 started in 1943 when the Tank Board called for a British Light Tank to be in production by 1945 to replace the USA's Stuart, and later Chaffee, in British service. A contract was place with Vickers for a tank of 14 to 16 tons mounting a 77mm (as subsequently in Comet). This was the first time that a machine of this category was to have armament suitable for the task it would have to carry out, which was in reconnaissance troops of tank regiments.
Transmission and suspension were kept as simple as possible to reduce power loss at the sprokets, and the tank owed a good deal to the experience which had been hained from Harry Hopkins and Tetrarch. A46 was intended to be air-portable in unladen form, and the possibility of carrying the turret, gun and even tracks separately in another aircraft was seriously considered. Even then, it would have been necessary to lift a 10-ton load, and thereby to accept much reduced strategic range in any transport aircraft available at that date. The air-portability requirement was therefore dropped, and as the order was only for 80 production tanks, progress was extremely slow. The wooden mock up led to many modifications, among them being the substitution of a Meteorite V-8 350 h.p. engine in place of the 210 h.p. GMC6-71 motor originally proposed. The engine and gearbox were moved to the right front of the hull, leaving the final drive at the back, to bring the gun layout into line with that selected for the SP's and other variants.

FV300 series

1946 saw a revived interest in the project, and it was brought into new series as FV301. By 1947 further changes had been made. The Rolls-Royce Meteor petrol-injection 500 h.p. engine coupled to a TN10 gearbox in place of the earlier Spicer box was to be used, on a sub-frame for easy removal as a unit. Torsion bar suspension was used, in preference to the Christie type, The turret was composite-built, with a front casting and rolled plates for the rest. The 77mm gun had a new concentric recoil system, promising even better accuracy, and it was mounted well forward in the turret to provide room for the crew. An equilibrator was used to compensate for the out-of-balance. Eighty rounds could be stowed in the hull, a considerable design feat, considering the size of the ammunition. But frontal armour was reduced to 2"actual thickness, the all up weight of the machine having risen to 21 tons.
However in 1950, doubts arose about the value of such lighly armoured vehicles on the modern battlefield. In parenthesis, one may be permitted to wonder why these doubts had not been properly evaluated earlier; but the result of the later vieuws led to the cancellation of the entire FV300 series by 1953.


British FV3800 serie - (1950 - 1955 concept)

The masters of the models below were after research by Kees van Meel and David Fletcher from The Tank Museum, Bovington, built by Andre Crutchly. The masters and moulds are made many years ago and possible damaged and/or lost


Next variants were proposed - all vehicles were based on the Centurion Components

FV3801 - Gun Tractor
FV3802 - 25pdr SP Artillery Field Equipments
FV3803 - Command Post Vehicle
FV3804 - Ammonution Vehicle
FV3805 - 5.5 inch SP Gun - built two prototypes
FV3806 - 7.2 inch SP Gun
FV3807 - 120mm SP AT Gun
FV3808 - SP Mounting, Medium
FV3809 - 155mm SP AT Gun


FV3802 - 25pdr Artillery Field Equipments
Master by Andrew Crutchly

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FV3805 - 5.5 inch SP Gun
Master built by Andrew Crutchly

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British FV4000 serie - Centurion - (medio 1956 concept)

Next variants were proposed

FV4001 - Centurion Mineclearer
FV4002 - Centurion MK5 Bridgelayer
FV4003 - Centurion MK5 Avre 165
FV4004 - Conway
FV4005 - Conway
FV4006 - Centurion ARV MK2
FV4007 - Centurion MK1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8/1, 8/2
FV4008 - Centurion DD
FV4009 - Tank Medium
FV4010 - Tank Destroyer, medium
FV4011 - Centurion MK5
FV4012 - Centurion MK 7/1, 7/2
FV4013 - Centurion MK3 ARV
FV4014 - Tank Medium
FV4015 - Centurion MK9
FV4016 - Centurion Ark
FV4017 - Centurion MK10
FV4018 - Centurion Barv
FV4019 - Centurion MK5 Bulldozer
FV4202 - 40 ton Centurion
FV4203 - Centurion AVRE 105
FV4207 - Centurion MK9 VHF


The Centurion MK-III - (built by HenkofHolland)

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British FV4004 and FV4005 - Conway - (medio 1956)

FV4004 - Conway first variant

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FV4005 - Conway second variant

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British Vickers MK-I "Vijayanta"

Master by Andrew Crutchly

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FV4202 Prototype Chieftain MK-I - (medio 1959)

Master by Andrew Crutchly

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120mm "JagdChieftain" Concept T.D. - (CTR Concept Test Rig)

Master by Andrew Crutchly

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Comments: Rob Griffin - Author Chieftain

As for name I understand it to be a CTR Concept Test Rig, that is what I used when I wrote about it in the book and no one has questiones it. The real vehicle was never totally complete and I understand from David Fletcher that it was going to have 2 drivers very much like the Combat engineer tractor. As it needed the whole vehicle to move to lay the gun a hydrostatic steering system was fitted, but was not very brilliant, Col. John Gillman who save the vehicle for the Museum states it could be driven like and ordinary tank if the hydrostatic was removed.


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