Daimler AC Mk.II
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The Daimler Armoured Car Mk.II is a rank I British light tank with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A.". Boasting the usual British Rank 1 QF 2-pounder on a wheeled platform. It is the first vehicle in the AC/AA line of the British tech tree.
A QF 2-pounder on 4x4 wheels. This vehicle is made to support infantry in a way similar to the cavalry. It is not made to withstand heavy fire. Notably, its wheeled configuration means the car will not get good fire when on the move and it will turn in an arc. Meanwhile, its good reverse speed could possibly save the car as long as the move happens before the enemy shoots. The Daimler is recognisable from other AC by its hexagonal hull centre and its short length. It has 4 mm boxes scattered across the hull and a spare tire on the left side. Besides the main armament, it is equipped with a coaxial BESA MG (same MG as higher rank British vehicles), a decent gun to spread onto an open-topped SPG with lead, ending him rightly.
Survivability and armour
- Rolled homogeneous armour
- Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 14 mm (1°) Front plate
14 + 4 mm Front glacis
14 mm (34°) Lower glacis
16 mm (1°) Driver's port
| 10 mm (19-34°) Top
10 mm Bottom
| 14 mm (1°) Top
14 mm (18-24°) Bottom
|Turret|| 16 mm (16°) Turret front
16 mm (0-79°) Gun mantlet
|14 mm (16-17°)||10 + 4 mm||4 mm|
- Belly armour is 7 mm thick.
- Wheels provide 2 mm thick armour.
- A 14 mm RHA plate separates the engine compartment from the crew.
|Weight (tons)|| Add-on Armor
|Max speed (km/h)|
|Engine power (horsepower)|
|Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
|40 mm OQF 2-pounder|
|Turret rotation speed (°/s)|
|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration in mm @ 90°|
|Shot Mk.1 AP/T||AP||80||79||61||46||32||21|
|Shot Mk.1 APCBC/T||APCBC||74||72||64||58||48||43|
|Ammunition|| Type of
Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
|Shot Mk.1 AP/T||AP||853||1.1||N/A||N/A||N/A||-1°||47°||60°||65°|
|Shot Mk.1 APCBC/T||APCBC||853||1.2||N/A||N/A||N/A||+4°||48°||63°||71°|
|52||40 (+12)||27 (+25)||14 (+38)||1 (+51)||No|
|7.92 mm BESA|
|Capacity (Belt capacity)|| Fire rate
| Horizontal |
Usage in the battles
Everything that could say about a light tank applies to the Daimler AC: it's weak, has decent mobility, and a good gun for supporting the main fire team. Use its good speed to put the car in a spot from where it could harass enemies. Do not stay on the same spot too long and use peek-a-boo tactics to fire at the enemy. Whenever in danger, just press the reverse button and get back into safety as fast as the car got there.
Pros and cons
- Good reverse speed and acceleration.
- Does not lose speed when turning, smooth driving
- Decent turret traverse
- Armour is thin enough to avoid detonating APHE shells
- Has smoke grenade launchers
- Many 4 mm boxes scattered on the hull, offering bonus protection against shrapnel and machine guns
- -12° of gun depression
- Compact ammo racks
- Armour is lacking overall
- Bad off-road mobility
- As it has no tracks, does not turn on point
- Has difficulty reaching max speed
- Vulnerable to HMG, especially the tires
- Has a tendency to tip over in sharp turns if not careful
- Poor stock performance
- Only three crewmen means poor survivability
- Generally high profile
The excellent performance of the turretless Daimler Scout Car led people to suggest that a larger armoured car version with a turret be built as well. The Daimler AC was similar in design but also introduced a rear-facing wheel for the commander to use in an emergency. It carried the same turret as the Tetrarch light tank, putting it on a par with early-war British tanks. German bombing raids over England hampered production, however, and the vehicle did not enter combat until mid-1942. 2,694 would be built. In the Desert Campaign, they were used by the King's Dragoon Guards and the Royal Dragoons, and by the time of the Tunisia campaign, additional armoured car regiments. In the desert, the Daimler was normally the heaviest-armed armoured car, with one in each three-car troop. After the North Africa campaign, armoured car troops were reorganized into 4-car troops with two Daimlers and two lighter armoured scout cars. Daimlers were also used by the 11th Cavalry in the Burma campaign. They remained in British service until 1960.
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|Britain light tanks|
|Armoured cars||Daimler Armoured Car Mk.II · AEC Mk.II|
|A13||Mark IV A13 Mk I · Mark IV A13 Mk.I (3rd Royal Tank Regiment) · Mark IV A13 Mk II · Mark IV A13 Mk II|
|A15||Crusader Mk II · Crusader Mk III|
|A17||Mark VII A17 Tetrarch Mk I|
|Post war||Combat Vehicle, Personnel, Tracked, 30mm Gun, Warrior FV510|