Dieselpunks.org | May 30, 2012
This print represents an A9 Cruiser Mk I tank in North Africa with the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats), 1940.
In 1934 Vickers-Armstrong had produced a new medium tank, the A9, which was subsequently designated the Cruiser Tank Mark I. It was the first British tank to have a centrally located turret, but was poorly armoured, with a maximum of 14 mm thickness, many armour faces were vertical, and there were numerous shot traps.The Cruiser was an effective tank in the French and early North African campaigns. The 2 pdr gun was lethal against the early Italian tanks encountered during the North African campaign and could hold its own against early Panzers. However, the minimal armour made the A9 an easy kill for most Axis anti-tank weapons.
The mechanical unreliability of the Cruiser was also a disadvantage. In particular, tracks were easily slewed causing difficulties. A9s equipped some regiments of the 1st Armoured Division in France until the time of the Dunkirk withdrawal in June 1940. They were also used by regiments in the Western Desert until 1941. The A9 had inadequate armour and too Iowa speed for the “cruiser” role.
This piece was created in Illustrator CS and is entirely vector.
This was rendered with the pen and knockout tools and some use of the gradient tool.
- Designation: Tank, Cruiser, Mk I (A9)
- Crew: 6 (commander, gunner, loader, driver, 2 MG gunners)
- Battle weight: 28,7281b
- Length: 19ft
- Height: 8ft 8in
- Width: 8ft 2in
- Main: 1x 2pdr OQF (1 x 3·7in howitzer in Mk ICS)
- Secondary: 3 x Vickers’ 303 cal MG (one co-axial)
- Armour thickness: Maximum 14mm / Minimum 6mm
- Traverse: 3600 Elevation limits:-
- Engine: AEC Type A179 6 cylinder gasoline (petrol) 150hp
- Maximum speed: 25mph
- Maximum cross-country speed: 15mph (approx)