A15 Crusader II cruiser tank series first saw combat in operation “Battleaxe” in 1941. The tank was fast but lightly armoured and its 2 lb gun was unable to fire a HE round which was a big handicap when engaging anti tank guns. In its production ..
Matilda 2 , heavily armoured for its day but a lightly armed tank used by the 7th RTR in France 1940 and in the campaigns in North Africa.
A13 Cruiser tanks equipped armoured regiments of the 1st Armoured division in France 1940 and in early in desert battles.
Matilda 1 was a heavily armoured lightly armed tank that was famously used by the RTR in the Arras counter attack in 1940.
A10 Cruiser tanks equipped armoured regiments of the 1st Armoured division in France 1940 and in early in desert battles.
Vickers Mk VI light tank used by Reconnaissance Regiments in France 1940 and in the early desert battles.
M4A4 Sherman tank was a stretched version of the M4 tank, having greater spacing between its bogey sets than other models so that a longer Ford engine could be accommodated. The A4 version was used exclusively by British, Canadian and Polish Armoured Divisions that were equipped with Sherman’s. Note, the Pithead does not use its standard short chassis model to represent the M4A4 , this model uses a longer chassis and track set than the standard Sherman. The model is shown fitted with an optional detailing kit.
A9 Cruiser tanks equipped armoured regiments of the 1st Armoured division notably the 3rd RTR in France 1940 . They were also used in the Greek campaign and in the early in desert battles.
The M3 Grant tank was produced by the Americans to a British specification that stated it should be armed with a gun capable of firing a HE shell. The resultant sponson mounted gun design was not pretty but in the short term proved effective enough and made up for the shortcomings of British 2 lb armed tanks that lacked a HE capability. The vehicle and fought in the “Gazala” battles of May 1942 and served until the end of the campaign in North Africa.
The Valentine II first saw combat during “Operation Crusader. It was extensively used in the North African campaign and had the reputation of a reliable and well protected vehicle. However, the Mk II shared the common weakness of the British tanks of the period - its 2-pdr gun lacked high-explosive.