Daimler Mk II

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
Armoured Car, Daimler Mk II
uk_daimler_mk_2.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.3/1.3/1.3BR
3 peopleCrew
76 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
14 / 10 / 14Hull
16 / 14 / 10Turret
Mobility
7.6 tWeight
181 hp95 hpEngine power
23.8 hp/t12.5 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
78 km/h forward
37 km/h back
70 km/h forward
34 km/h back
Speed
Armament
40 mm QF 2-pounder cannonMain weapon
52 roundsAmmunition
2.8 / 3.6 sReload
-12° / 25°Vertical guidance
shoulderStabilizer
7.92 mm BESA machine gunCoaxial weapon
500 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
225 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
4000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png320 / 436/240 / 327/180 / 245Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
30 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage Daimler Mk II.jpg


The Armoured Car, Daimler 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.".

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 armoured cars 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 machine gun (same MG as higher rank British vehicles), a decent gun to shower open-topped SPGs with lead.

General info

Survivability and armour

Daimler's survivability against enemy impacts is very low. The crew is tightly placed inside the vehicle. The armour plates only provide significant cover against machine guns fire. 20 mm calibre or higher will be able to pierce the armoured car. Having both thin armour and a small crew, the Daimler cannot sustain heavy enemy fire. The Daimler might survive if the enemy shell hits lower the combat compartment, often damaging the transmission but keeping the crew unscathed. The angles of the armour plates offer the possibility of ricocheting some shells, but the chances of this occurring are low.

While the armour is weak, drivers can take advantage of the good manoeuvrability and gun to ambush enemies. The enemies to be most wary of in the Daimler is any vehicle with a rapid firing cannon. German vehicles with 20 mm cannons and most enemy AA vehicles are very dangerous for the Daimler, because their rounds will shred its armour.

Armour type:

  • 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
8 mm
Turret 16 mm (16°) Turret front
16 mm (0-79°) Gun mantlet
14 mm (16-17°) 10 + 4 mm 4 mm

Notes:

  • Belly armour is 7 mm thick.
  • Wheels provide 2 mm thick armour.
  • A 14 mm RHA plate separates the engine compartment from the crew.

Mobility

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 78 37 7.6 112 181 14.74 23.82
Realistic 70 34 84 95 11.05 12.5

The Daimler is very similar to other British light tanks at the tier, but with one major difference: it has wheels rather than tracks. This difference allows the Daimler to reach really good high speeds on road. Because of this, Daimler drivers should consider planning their route based on what roads are available on the map, however once engaged with the enemy, it is best to find cover rather than remain exposed on the road.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: QF 2-pounder (40 mm)

The 40 mm QF (quick-firing) 2-pounder is one of the best guns at the rank, and has a good selection of ammunition. The extremely high rate of fire (2.8s reload) gives the Daimler the ability to dispatch multiple enemies. This means that if the Daimler and the enemy both miss the first shot, the Daimler is likely to get in the second shot before the enemy has reloaded.

The gun penetration is remarkably good even against some rank II vehicles and rank III vehicles' side armour. However, the absence of explosive filler on the highest penetration round (unlike German, Italian, or Swedish counterparts) means the Daimler must fire 2 or more rounds against an enemy tank. Knowing when and where to fire, is vital to exploit the superior reload rate of this cannon. The gun traverse rate is one of the drawbacks to consider. Pretty similar to the previous Tetrarch. The aiming must be aided by smart use of mobility and positioning.

40 mm QF 2-pounder Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 52 -12°/+25° ±180° Vertical 42.84 59.29 72.00 79.62 84.71 3.64 3.22 2.97 2.80
Realistic 9.52 11.20 13.60 15.04 16.00

Ammunition

The most beneficial shell due to the proper ballistics and overall better penetration is the Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T. The penetration at long-ranges is also superior to all the other shells. Tank commanders are encouraged to use this shell.

The Shot Mk.1 APHV/T (Armour piercing High velocity/ tracer) shell offers a higher muzzle velocity. This will help with the shell drop, but significant penetration is lost with distance.

The Shell Mk.1 AP/T is one of the only shells with armour-piercing and explosive capacities available for the British tanks. It works well during close quarters, but the use at long distances (500+ m) is not advised.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Shot Mk.1 AP/T AP 72 68 52 37 27 19
Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T APCBC 89 86 77 66 57 50
Shot Mk.1 APHV/T AP 80 75 58 41 30 21
Shell Mk.1 AP/T APHE 66 62 49 36 26 20
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Shot Mk.1 AP/T AP 792 1.08 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°
Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T APCBC 792 1.24 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°
Shot Mk.1 APHV/T AP 853 1.08 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°
Shell Mk.1 AP/T APHE 792 1.08 1.2 9 20.9 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Daimler Mk II
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
52 40 (+12) 27 (+25) 14 (+38) (+51) No

Optics

Daimler Mk II Optics
Which ones Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics x1.85 x3.5
Comparable optics AMR.35 ZT3

Machine guns

Main article: BESA (7.92 mm)

The machine gun is present as a secondary role gun. The use of this machine gun limits significantly to vehicles with an exposed crew , like anti-air half-tracks or open trucks, Type 94 for example; or SPGs with exposed rear and top like the Panzerjager I.

Commanders should be ready to fire with the machine gun. Because of the quickfire, the machine gun becomes a more effective way to deal with some vehicles. Whereas the main gun might pierce and cause punctual damage, with the machine gun is possible to spray the fire and finish exposed crews quicker.

Another role of this machine gun is for anti-air. The turret traverse speed limits this use but is an available possibility.

7.92 mm BESA
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 500 (225) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

Generally, the best play style for the Daimler is to flank using a road until near the enemy and then fire from cover against enemy side armour. The Daimler is capable in both short and long-range fights. At long-range make sure to use cover and wait till the enemy looks away before exposing yourself. At close range, you can use your speed to outmanoeuvre the enemy.

Thanks to the good mobility and decent firepower, this light car can be a highly effective flanker. There are also several roles in which the Daimler can effectively perform at:

Brawler

The urban close maps require a high amount of situational awareness. The Daimler's quick-firing gun allows for this playstyle. Nonetheless, the armour doesn't. Commanders should use the mobility both forwards and backwards to wisely position the Daimler. Consider the Daimler is not a tracked vehicle (cannot turn on the spot), so it must turn in what is known as the three-point turn.

Once a good area is found (one that allows the retreat to a second position) The Daimler can remain settled or roam close the zone, along with the allied vehicles. Use hills and slopes to extend the survivability, the cannon is highly flexible due to a good vertical depression. So the Daimler can be close to combat while remaining partially hidden.

The frontal engagements should be fully avoided. Seek alternative routes or stay behind the allied tanks on the frontline.

Supporting light tank

The Daimler is capable to provide quick-fire support to friendly tanks in the frontline. If impossible to penetrate an enemy tank frontally, proceed to fire at the gun's barrel, the tracks or the turret cupola. All of this will help allied tanks.

This is not the only useful aspect of this role, but commanders can become "field mechanics" with these light vehicles and help to repair any allied vehicle in the combat; heavy tanks can use this help greatly because they will be constantly shot and damaged. Be aware of where the fighting is and remain close, a message of allied repair request might appear.

Do not forget to employ the artillery strike to tame enemy's advance in nearby areas or cap zones and release the smoke grenades when needed. All of this can be vital to help the team to win.

Msg-info.png With the Daimler consider never exposing yourself to enemy fire; be ready to retreat in reverse and with smoke cover!

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tires Parts Horizontal Drive Shot Mk.1 APHV/T
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire Shell Mk.1 AP/T
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism Smoke grenade
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good reverse speed and acceleration.
  • Does not lose speed when turning, smooth driving
  • Decent turret traverse
  • Armour is thin enough to avoid detonating some APHE shells; some shells might pass through
  • Has smoke grenade launchers
  • Many 4 mm boxes scattered on the hull, offering compact ammo rack protection against shrapnel and machine guns
  • -12° of gun depression

Cons:

  • Armour is lacking overall and only three crewmen means poor survivability
  • Has no tracks, does not turn on point; limits mobility
  • Has difficulty reaching max speed off-road
  • Vulnerable to HMG, especially the tires
  • Has a tendency to tip over in sharp turns if not careful due to a high profile
  • Poor stock performance

History

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 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 African 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.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Contemporary light tanks with similar roles on the British tree:

Modern light tanks with similar roles on the British tree:

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the tank;
  • other literature.


Britain light tanks
Armoured cars  Daimler Mk II · AEC Mk II
A13  A13 Mk I · A13 Mk I (3rd R.T.R.) · A13 Mk II · A13 Mk II 1939
A15  Crusader II · Crusader "The Saint" · Crusader III
A17  Tetrarch Mk I
Post war  Warrior · VFM5
Foreign  Stuart I (USA) · Stuart III (USA) · Rooikat Mk.1D (South Africa)