Mark IV A13 Mk.II 1939

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The A13 Mk.II mod.1939 in the Garage.

The A13 Mk.II 1939 is a gif Rank I British light tank with a battle rating of 1.7. The tank was added in Update 1.53 "Firestorm" and was one of the first British tanks introduced in the game. Takes on a look similar to the A13 Mk.II with its 2-pounder gun and 14 mm of frontal armour. It was available for purchase during the early stages of the British tanks introduction, but has since been removed from the store. However, it briefly became available during the 2017 April Fools event when Gaijin made it available in the "A Very British Exit" Pack.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

This vehicle is nearly identical to the A13 Mk.II in every way, except for the camouflage and markings, and an additional armour plate in front of the turret.

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good 40 mm gun with high penetration
  • Good speed
  • Premium, earning more RP and lions
  • Extra armour over the turret
  • Has Smoke grenades

Cons:

  • Not much armour
  • 3/4 crew is in the turret, a turret shot will knock out the tank.
  • Vulnerable sides

Specifications

Armaments

1 x 40 mm QF 2-pounder cannon (87 Rounds)
1 x 7.92 mm BESA machine gun (3,500 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 40 mm QF 2-pounder cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 87 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -15°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.5°/s (Stock), 13.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 3.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 40 mm QF 2-pounder cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 87 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -15°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.5°/s (Stock), 11.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 3.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 40 mm QF 2-pounder cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 87 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -15°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 9.5°/s (Stock), 11.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 3.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
Shot Mk.1 AP/T 80 79 61 46 32 21 AP 853 1.1 N/A N/A N/A -1° 43° 30° 25°
Shot Mk.1 APCBC/T 74 72 64 58 48 43 APCBC 853 1.2 N/A N/A N/A +4° 42° 27° 19°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the A13 Mk I.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
9th
rack empty
10th
rack empty
11th
rack empty
12th
rack empty
13th
rack empty
14th
rack empty
15th
rack empty
16th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
87 82 (+5) 76 (+11) 70 (+17) 64 (+23) 58 (+29) 52 (+35) 46 (+41) 41 (+46) 36 (+51) 31 (+56) 26 (+61) 21 (+66) 16 (+71) 11 (+76) (+81) (+86) Left side empty: 26 (+61) no

Secondary armament

  • 1 x 7.92 mm BESA machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 28 mm Front plate
14 mm (0-62°) Front glacis
14 mm (64°) Lower glacis
7 mm 14 mm (0-62°) 14 mm
Turret 14 + 14 mm (0-15°) Turret front
14 + 14 mm (1-63°) Gun mantlet
14 (40°) + 14 mm (21°) 14 (21-30°) + 14 mm (2°) 14 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 14 mm 14 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 14.5 ton

Max Speed: 53 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 527 hp @ 1500 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 36.34 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 649 hp @ 1500 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 44.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 14.5 ton

Max Speed: 48 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 301 hp @ 1500 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 20.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 340 hp @ 1500 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 23.45 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 14.5 ton

Max Speed: 48 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 301 hp @ 1500 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 20.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 340 hp @ 1500 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 23.45 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

As a premium vehicle, the modules are all already unlocked for use. __MODIFICATIONS__

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The British development on their cruiser tanks advanced greatly with the implementation of the Christie suspension system, which they acquired from an American firm. The tank underwent a development program under the name Cruiser Mk III (A13) and the first accepted variant for the military was the A13 Mk.I. The Mk.I featured 15 mm of armour, a 2-pounder cannon, and a Vickers machine gun as its coaxial armament. An order of 65 of these tanks were asked for in 1939 at the Nuffield Mechanization & Auto Limited, but only 30 were made before the a decision was made to upgrade the existing model with more armour and different armament.

The redesigned cruiser tank, the A13 Mk.II, Cruiser Tank Mk IV, had a new armour thickness of 30 mm and additional sloping armour was put onto the sides and rear of the turret. The Vickers machine gun used as the coaxial armament was also replaced by the BESA machine gun, a licensed Czech ZB-53 machine gun, due to issues with the Vickers gun. Around 225 to 665 A13 Mk.II tanks were produced from 1940 until late 1941.

Combat Usage

The A13 first saw combat in the Battle of France under the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. The A13 encountered many trouble during its employment, the crew have little to no training with the new tanks due to their rushed adoption into service, the tanks were in poor condition and some were even missing parts. The A13s were used in the 1st Armoured Division, but many were either destroyed by the superior German armoured forces or abandoned at Calais during the evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk, which forced the units to leave behind their heavier equipment.

After the disaster at France, the A13 were still used to support the war. Some were sent to Greece to support their defense against Germany in the Battle of Greece, but a majority were sent to North Africa as part of the Western Desert Campaign near Libya under the 7th Armoured Division. Compared to the time in France, the A13s in North Africa fared much better, ironing out most of its initial defects, and was even more suited to the environment than other tank designs. The A13 was popular with the crew for its high speed, reliability, and a powerful 2-pounder cannon that could engage a majority of Axis tanks in 1941. However, there was an insufficient number of A13s available for use, so tank units were mixed with the faster cruiser tanks and slower infantry tanks, which caused tactical and logistical difficulties trying to accommodate all of the tanks. Another deficiency with the tank and every other British tank with the 2-pounder was the lack of high-explosive shell issued to the tankers, which made them vulnerable to anti-tank guns, which caused a majority of British tank losses in the North African Campaign. Still, the A13 fared very well with its armour and armament until the late 1941 where better armoured Panzer IIIs and Panzer IVs began to appear on the battlefield.

Due to its growing obsolesce on the battlefield, the A13 was replaced in 1941 by the better armoured A15 Crusader tank.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Videos

Bovington Tank Museum Tank Chats: A13 Cruiser





Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Pioneering British Tanks in War Thunder with developer's answers
Official War Thunder forum article: [Vehicle Profile] The Cruiser Tank Mk IV: A13 Mk II

References


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Icon-country-gbr.png Mark IV A13 Mk II 1939
Nation Britain
Type Light tank
Rank 1
Battle Rating
1.7
1.7
1.7

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
14,500 kg
31,967 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
28/14/14/14 mm
1.10/0.55/0.55/0.55 inches
Statistics
Engine power (Stock)
527 hp
301 hp
301 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
649 hp
340 hp
340 hp
HP/ton ratio (Stock)
36.34
36.93
20.76
21.09
20.76
21.09
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
44.76
45.48
23.45
23.82
23.45
23.82
Max speed
53 km/h
33.0 mph
48 km/h
29.7 mph
48 km/h
29.7 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 40 mm QF 2 pounder Cannon
Ammo stowage 87 rounds
Vertical guidance -15°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 7.7 mm Vickers Machine gun
Ammo stowage 3,500 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 450 SL
Max repair cost*
290 SL
470 SL
510 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
9m
19m
19m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
3m
6m
6m
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