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The impact of ceasing tank manufacture in Britain would keenly be felt by workers and the war economy at home. A compromise was achieved with a reduction in British tank production during and , with an increase in consumption of Sherman tanks, the remainder being delivered in parts as spares.
Centaur production bore the brunt of this reduction, having only been continued to maintain factories producing Cromwell hulls while the number of Meteor engines was inadequate.
It had already been arranged that Centaur production would be phased out when Meteor engine production increased. The list of machine tools required for the increase in Meteor output was also agreed, allowing Cromwell manufacture to scale.
At the same time as negotiations with the US, problems were being encountered with the use of the Vickers 75 mm HV gun in the Cromwell, with a larger turret ring being required.
This was now expected to be introduced in mid , leaving the majority of Cromwells with the medium velocity gun similar to the Sherman.
Design of the high velocity variant was split to a separate specification. Intended as just another version of Cromwell, the new A34 version eventually needed significant re-engineering leading to production of the A34 Comet , which used a high velocity gun firing pounder ammunition from a gun by a smaller cartridge down a shorter barrel.
In the interim, the A27M version started. This corresponds to 0. The Cromwell and Centaur were given additional time to work out these problems.
The Cromwell problems were mostly related to oil leaks and brake and clutch failures, an observer noting that these were well-known and should already have been corrected.
The crews expressed their love for the design and especially its speed and handling. The Centaur was largely dismissed, with one observer expressing his hope that units were being equipped with it only for training purposes.
The same reviewers unanimously supported the Sherman. Alongside Cromwell production, Centaur production design also allowed for the later conversion to the Meteor engine.
The production model design was finalised on 2 February when Leyland released specifications for what they called the "Battle Cromwell". The specification was later improved toward the end of the war with the Cromwell VII, resulting in an upgrade programme.
Centaur and Cavalier never met the requirements to enter front-line service. Most were used for training, although a few notable exceptions were used in action.
Total A27 production consisted of 4, tanks, of which were Centaurs and 3, Cromwells. In addition, Centaur hulls were built to be fitted with an anti-aircraft gun turret; only 95 of these were completed.
Several other British firms also built Centaur and Cromwell tanks, however, as the numbers required were greater than any one company could deliver.
Production of Cromwell and Centaur was split into two different groups. Nuffield also switched production to Centaur when Cavalier completed.
To increase Cromwell production capacity, English Electric switched from manufacturing Centaur to Cromwell, but remained tooled for Centaur. This resulted in a number of Cromwells being built with Centaur hulls.
By January , when production started, Leyland had become the production and design lead for A27 series including subcontractors producing components.
Vauxhall produced two Cromwell pilot models - with a turret similar to that of the Churchill - in the expectation that they would build Cromwells once production of Churchill was terminated in but Churchill production was extended and Vauxhall withdrew from Cromwell programme.
The frame was of riveted construction, though welding was used later. The armour plate was then bolted to the frame; large bosses on the outside of the plate were used on the turret.
The suspension was of the Christie type , with long helical springs in tension angled back to keep the hull sides low.
Of the five road wheels each side, four had shock absorbers. The tracks were driven by sprocketed wheels at the rear and tension adjusted at the front idler, this being standard British practice.
As with previous Christie-suspension cruiser tanks, there were no track return rollers, the track being supported instead on the tops of the road wheels, known as the "slack-track" design.
The side of the hull was made up of two spaced plates, the suspension units between them, and the outer plate having cutouts for the movement of the road-wheel axles.
The gearbox had five forward and one reverse gears. The first gear was for "confined spaces, on steep inclines or The transmission was the new Merrit-Brown Z.
It gave the Cromwell superb manoeuvrability, with only the German Tiger I , using a similar design, able to match it.
This was the maximum rpm, which was limited by governors built into the magnetos. Fuel consumption on "pool" petrol 67 octane was between 0.
The driver sat on the right in the front of the hull, with the hull gunner on the left, separated by a bulkhead. The driver had two periscopes and a visor in the hull front.
The visor could be opened fully or a small "gate" in it opened; in the latter case, a thick glass block protected the driver. A bulkhead with access holes separated the driver and hull gunner from the fighting compartment.
A further bulkhead separated the fighting compartment from the engine and transmission bay. The engine compartment drew cooling air in through the top of each side and the roof and exhausted it to the rear.
It was modified so that the exhaust fumes were redirected so that they were not drawn into the fighting compartment, a problem found when tanks were drawn up together, preparing to advance.
It had a mixed reception by crews, being faster, with a lower profile and thicker frontal armour plate than the Sherman tank , but also being smaller and more cramped.
In common with British tank doctrine of the time, the vehicle was designed to fire on the move. The turret offered hydraulically powered turret traverse motors with proportional speed control.
Later vehicles fitted an all-round view cupola for the commander to identify and track targets. Both gunner and commander had Vickers rotating and pivoting periscopes, while episcopes were fitted in the cupola.
There was a 7. A second was gimbal mounted in the front of the hull, with 45 degrees horizontal and 25 degrees vertical movement. Sighting was by a No.
In the top of the turret was a 2-inch "bombthrower" angled to fire forward. Thirty smoke grenades were carried for it.
A HE shell had been introduced for the 6-pounder, but it was described as being largely useless - the calibre of the gun was simply too small to carry a useful load of explosive.
This was not entirely accidental; British tank policy of the time suggested that different models of the same tank, carrying different specialised weapons, was a better solution to this problem than a single weapon that attempted to do all things.
Experience with the US M3 75 mm gun suggested this thinking was wrong, that a single gun could be used in a "dual purpose" role against both tanks and softer targets.
While this would lead to less anti-tank performance, this was considered a reasonable trade-off in exchange for the rapid introduction of the HE rounds.
The resulting ROQF 75 mm could be easily swapped out with the 6-pounder, and newly built models mounting the gun were known as the Mark V.
This too fired HE, though its primary role was delivering smoke shells, covering the other tanks in the unit. Some command or OP tanks had the armament removed, leaving space in the turret for further radios.
These were fitted with a dummy wooden gun, so as not to appear different to the enemy and attract hostile fire.
Aside from the engine and its ancillaries fans, radiator, clutch, etc. While similar however, there were a number of minor variations between Cromwell and Centaur caused by the divergence of design and production.
The method of track tensioning is a commonly noted difference. Initially, the design based on A24 Cavalier used a worm drive for tensioning.
This was noted as being slow to operate, and trapped dirt. Some of these differences can be seen in Cromwells built with Centaur hulls, although many were removed with the introduction of the Cromwell Final Specification.
This included the Cromwell method of track tensioning. For this reason, many Cromwell and Centaur vehicles had a cowl fitted to direct the exhaust gases back where they could not re-enter the tank fighting compartment.
An earlier requirement for a pounder armed tank became more important when the Vickers HV 50 calibre 75mm gun failed to fit on Cromwell.
A version of Cromwell mounting the more powerful Ordnance QF pounder This required a much larger turret ring, which in turn required the hull to be lengthened and an additional road wheel to be added to each side for a total of six.
While successful, production ceased with the much easier conversion of Sherman Firefly allowing greater numbers to be fielded. However, development of the Vickers HV 50 calibre 75mm gun continued, with the bore increasing to fire modified versions of the pounder ammunition.
This gun and its ammunition were designed specifically to fit in a turret that a reworked Cromwell-sized design could carry.
This became the 77 mm HV with only slightly lower performance than the base pounder. By the time this weapon was ready, a number of other changes had been worked into the tank design, producing the Comet , which replaced both the Cromwell and Challenger.
This was combined with the Merrit-Brown gearbox that allowed the tank to steer while still powering both tracks, allowing it to maintain speed while manoeuvring, while tanks like the Sherman or T lost power while turning and necessarily slowed down.
Thanks to its excellent engine power and Christie parentage, the Cromwell was very agile on the battlefield. This gave a significant reduction in armour penetration compared to newer 6-pounder ammunition , which was becoming available, but added the ability to fire High Explosive shells, which were more capable against other targets, such as anti-tank guns.
The High Velocity 75mm gun was developed in an attempt to give both good anti-tank and HE performance, but in May proved too big to be fitted to the Cromwell.
This issue led to the development of the A34 Comet , while the gun bore was increased to The lack of a High Velocity weapon proved to be a significant limitation against opponents such as the Tiger, and Cromwell had to rely on mobility.
Cromwell crews in North-West Europe succeeded in outflanking the heavier and more sluggish German tanks with superior speed, manoeuvrability and reliability.
These vehicles are identified by their War Department numbers carrying the suffix W, e. While the Cromwell was a match for the majority of Axis tanks in use, it was not a match for the armour and armament of the latest German vehicles developed at the same time.
British tank design would go through another stage, the Comet , before developing the Centurion tank. The Cromwell tank entered front-line service with the Allied invasion of Normandy in June Cromwells were used as the main tank in the armoured brigades of the 7th Armoured Division , while being used in the armoured reconnaissance regiments of the other British armoured divisions Guards Armoured Division and 11th Armoured Division in North-west Europe.
It excelled at this task because of its speed and low profile. The standard 75mm gun could tackle the majority of German armoured vehicles, and the HE shell was effective, but could not penetrate the front of heavier German tanks such as the Tiger or Panther.
Although a rare occurrence on the battlefield, during the Battle of Normandy it was in the British sector where the majority of these German machines were encountered.
The issue with the 75mm gun was perhaps most pronounced during the Battle of Villers-Bocage in which the Cromwells were unable to engage German Tiger tanks frontally with any reasonable chance of success.
The 75mm HV had been intended to rectify this, but prior to entering service it was found to be too large to fit in the Cromwell turret. Though this provided a good solution to the issue of heavy German tanks, it added an additional level of complexity for battlefield commanders in having to place the 17pdr armed vehicles tactically within a formation.
However this complication was not unique to the British army, the US employed similar methods and faced the same issue with their arsenal of 75mm armed Sherman tanks.
This situation persisted until the development of the A34 Comet was concluded, mounting the new 77mm HV gun and removing the need for mixed units.
In contrast, the Centaur was chiefly used for training; only those in specialist roles saw action. Originally intended to serve as static pillboxes, these examples retained the engine allowing the Marines to advance the tank inland.
The Sherman remained the most common tank in British and other Commonwealth armoured units in Europe. The Cromwell, in turn, was succeeded by small numbers of the Comet tank.
Fifty-two Centaur I tanks were donated in early to the Greek Army , during the opening stages of the Greek Civil War but they were kept in storage due to the lack of trained personnel.
In , the first Greek officers returned from training courses in the United Kingdom and training of tank crews began.
In April , the Centaurs were organised in three Centaur tank companies initially numbered II, IX and XI, but a year later were renumbered , , and temporarily attached to Reconnaissance Regiments , , and The Centaurs saw limited service in the war because battles were fought mainly on mountainous areas, but proved useful in supporting infantry units and in defence of inhabited areas.
After the end of the war, in October , the three Centaur companies were organised into the Tank Regiment. The Centaurs were replaced by US built M47s and in were sold and scrapped.
A number of countries also used the upgraded Charioteer version of the Cromwell post war. Check out our pick of great bed and breakfasts in Cromwell.
Complimentary WiFi is provided. The bed and breakfast offers a barbecue. Guests at Parkview Bed and Breakfast can enjoy tennis on site, or go skiing or cycling in the surroundings.
All guest rooms at the guest house come with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at Little Firewood Creek House also feature free WiFi.
The units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. All rooms at the bed and breakfast feature a mountain or garden view and are fitted with a wardrobe, heating, fan, free toiletries and a hairdryer.
Also featured in all rooms is an outdoor dining area. The studio includes a private bathroom, flat screen TV and kitchenette.
Some rooms offer access to a shared bathroom. Free private parking is available on site. The bed and breakfast also offers free use of bicycles.
Wooing Tree Vineyard is 1. Firewood Creek House is a specialty bed and breakfast located just a 2-minute drive from the centre of Cromwell and a 2-minute walk from Lake Dunstan.
Free WiFi and free parking is provided. The property features designer bedrooms boasting balconies with lake and mountain views.
Guests enjoy a choice of free cooked or continental breakfast. A continental breakfast can be enjoyed at the property.
Central Otago District Council is 1. Queenstown Airport is 54 km from the property. Free WiFi is offered. The daily breakfast offers continental and gluten-free options.
The bed and breakfast offers a terrace. Each room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. All rooms have a couch or leather chairs to relax in. Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the mountain or garden.
Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is access to a lawn area, 5 steps down.
It is situated in Cromwell, a town that is surrounded by mountain ranges and at the junction of the beautiful Clutha and Kawarau Rivers. The nearest airport is Queenstown Airport, 57 km from the property.
The room is very clean and owner are very nice. Little Firewood Creek House is located in Cromwell and features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities.
The property is situated 1. Extremely charming and comfortable accommodation with fantastic views to the mountains Pisa range. Free WiFi is available.
Lovely house, comfy beds, great breakfast and nice and friendly hosts. Had a lovely stay with Rae, everything was lovely especially loved the bathroom and the fresh Fantastic rooms, super clean, modern with everything you need.
Clarissa was an excellent host who went above and beyond to ensure we had a comfortable stay. Bannockburn House offers accommodation in Bannockburn, near Cromwell.
A back porch with wonderful views. The accomodation, service and breakfast were excellent. My family had a very enjoyable stay!
You will find a kettle in the room. The property is located 3. Would definitely recommend staying here. Situated within 1 km of Rockburn Wines Cellar Door and 2.
Lovely modern comfortable home. Offering a sun terrace and views of the mountain, Vines on Bannockburn is situated in Cromwell in the Otago Region, 1.
Wonderful placebo stop on the way to Queenstown or base yourself for a few days. What a wonderfull place to stay at!! Complimentary WiFi is featured.