Cromwell Cruiser Tank 1942–50 by David Fletcher, Richard C Harley, Peter Sarson

By David Fletcher, Richard C Harley, Peter Sarson

For many of worldwide battle II, British tank improvement remained devoted to the layout philosophy inaugurated in the course of international conflict I. reports in North Africa highlighted flaws during this uncomplicated layout, in spite of the fact that, and the final employees pointed out the necessity for a brand new heavy cruiser that can mix velocity and manoeuvrability with elevated armour and armament.

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