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Churchill Tank by DarkWizard83 Churchill Tank by DarkWizard83
Designed to replace the Matilda II and Valentine infantry tanks, the original design of the Churchill series of tanks was of the same philosophy as World War I-era tanks had been - large, heavily armored, but slow moving vehicles that pushed the front forward, clearing obstacles, trenches, and pillboxes for the advancing infantry. However, the advent of Blitzkrieg warfare made this design obsolete. In a panic, British designers tried to modernize the design before production began - but what came off the assembly lines in 1941 was arguably just as worse as the outdated design it had replaced, the first Churchill's were slow, mechanically unreliable, and had an extremely weak and ineffective armament. As the wartime Prime Minister it was named after declared "This tank even has more flaws than me myself!"

The entire program was almsot scrapped until designers finally produced the Mk. III, a far more modern and mechanically reliable vehicle with sufficient speed, armor, and firepower to challenge the German Panzers, which it did to great effect during the Second Battle of El Alamein in October of 1942. On D-Day in 1944, the Mk. VII - the type pictured above - received its baptism of fire as British and Canadian forces stormed onto the beaches of Normandy, it's new 75mm gun capable of disabling almost any German tank with a single blow, and soldiered on until war's end.

Churchill Mk.VII Vehicle Stats:
Type: Infantry tank
Manufacturer: Vauxhall
First deployed: 1942

Crew: 5
Length: 7.4 m
Width: 2.4 m
Height: 3.5 m
Weight: 40 tons

Armor: 152mm
Armament, primary: 1 x 75mm OQF Mk.V L/40 gun
Armament, secondary: 3 x 7.92mm Besa MG
Ammo stowage, primary: 84 rounds
Ammo stowage, secondary: 7,125 rounds

Powerplant: Bedford Flat 12 350hp water-cooled gasoline engine
Max speed: 20 km/h
Max range: 228km

Operators: Australia, Canada, Soviet Union, UK
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome beast. :salute:
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samjkl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Artist
The Churchill VII had an OQF 77mm MK II primary gun and Bedford twin six engines
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MaxHD2490 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
looks like a nice tank the british they had :)
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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it was. its armour was the thickest of most british tanks we were feilding so the crew were well protected, it struggled when going toe to toe with a tiger and panter though.

it could also climb very steep terrain as well because of its long hull and heavy weight.
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Blitzkriegoperative Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
My favourite heavy tank (I'm British myself)

They could of done more to this tank like make an anti-tank version by replacing the turret and replacing it with a anti-tank gun.
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Scorpion-Strike Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They did experiment with widening the hull to fit a 17 pounder into the turret. The resulting contraption was named "Black Prince" but I don't think it ever saw production, certainly not before the war ended.
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DavidKrigbaum Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
There was a prototype (now at the Tank Museum in Bovington, UK) but that was it.
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pointman116 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
its a sturdy look old thing.
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Gortmundy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Churchill was eventually a very good tank. It's long chassis made it very good at climbing hills and over other obstacles and its armour could withstand an 88 hit.

Sherman was an adequate tank. It had oki armour, an oki gun and oki maneuvering. But it could be produced in crazy numbers.

Americans wouldnt go for the Firefly as they dont use "foreign" guns in their tanks.
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single-leg Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Ha! this is at Aberdeen right!

Yeah give me a fast ass M10 TD over a Sherman or even this but the Churchill is still a cool looking tank! I think it was well protected. I mean 88's pretty much went through everything they hit..

The Fireflies and the TD's showed that if they just gave the Sherman a better gun it would have saved a lot of tankers lives in the European theater..Even Eisenhower was pissed at this on the eve of D-Day.

That Tank destroyer doctrine for the US and whatever the British were thinking for their many lousy tanks(but they made the 17 pounder for the firefly) made it the hard slog for the western allied tankers..
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