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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2019 8:49 p.m. PST

"The first project of a light infantry tank, which later transformed into the Valentine, was presented to the War Ministry on February 10th, 1938. The tank that Leslie Little developed was rejected by the British at least once. One of the reasons for the rejection was the two-man turret, as the British wanted to have it house three crewmen. Leslie Little won that time, and in April of 1939 the Infantry Tank Mk.III was approved with a two-man turret. However, the War Ministry returned to the idea of increasing the crew size of the turret, which led to the Valentine III and Valentine V with three-man turrets…."
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Richard Baber26 Jan 2019 7:39 a.m. PST

Valentine II were still in front line service in 1943 with valentine IIIs as troops commanders vehicles.

Once they decided to upgun the tank you needed a larger turret anyway.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2019 10:06 a.m. PST

Thanks!


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donlowry26 Jan 2019 6:22 p.m. PST

What model(s) did the Canadians make and send to the USSR?

Richard Baber27 Jan 2019 2:45 a.m. PST

The Russians seem to have had lots of Mk IVs with American engines & transmissions, I`m not sure where they were built though?

Legion 427 Jan 2019 7:54 a.m. PST

As we saw in some early war designs and even in WWI. A one man turret was not a very effective as it could have been. As the TC had to command the vehicle, load & fire the weapon.

Having a TC, Gunner and Loader was much better for efficiency and effectiveness.

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