Churchill Infantry Tank
by David Fletcher and Henry Morshead
Reviewed by Peter Brown
Last of the British “Infantry Tanks”, the A22 Churchill had a troubled history. It stemmed from an idea for a WWI-style tank to cross No Man’s Land which was not what was wanted in WW2. A more sensible design evolved into a more typical tank for the era.
Rushed into production it was at first dogged by mechanical problems as well as forced to use the 2-pdr anti tank gun. Reliability improved, a welded turret with 6-pdr gun was followed by later versions with cast turrets mounting 6-pdr, 95mm support and finally 75mm guns. The final “Heavy Churchill” was a major re-design resulting in the best of the bunch.
Along the way an oddity without a turret carrying an old 3” antiaircraft gun was made which no-one could find a use for. By the war’s end work on an even heavier tank to be called “Black Prince” was in progress but before it was ready the need for it had gone.
Highly recommended in either paper or electronic format.
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