Daimler Mk II

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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
24 hp/t13 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
77 km/h forward
36 km/h back
69 km/h forward
33 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
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
225 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png320 / 436/240 / 327/180 / 245Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 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 DaimlerACMkII.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.". Boasting the usual British Rank I 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.

General info

Survivability and 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 77 36 7.6 112 181 14.74 23.82
Realistic 69 33 84 95 11.05 12.5

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: QF 2-pounder (40 mm)
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

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

Usage in battles

The Daimler AC 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 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. The Daimler has very weak armour, only able to stop rifle-calibre ammunition reliably. Having both thin armour and a small crew, the Daimler cannot sustain enemy fire. While the armour is weak, drivers can take advantage of the good manoeuvrability and gun to ambush enemies.

The 40 mm 2-pounder cannon is one of the best weapons for its tier, and has a good selection of ammunition. The Shell Mk.1 AP/T (APHE) has sufficient penetration for the tier and the post-penetration effects are worth the comparably low penetration. However when facing enemies with more armour, or playing at a higher tier, the Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T has excellent penetration characteristics. Drivers can also remember that the 40 mm 2-pounder has a very fast fire rate, and you often reload faster than opponents. This means that if you and your enemy both miss the first shot, the Daimler is likely to get in the second shot before the enemy has reloaded.

The enemy 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.

Generally, the best play style for the Daimler is to flank using a road until near the enemy, and then fire from cover. The Daimler is capable at 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. The main thing to consider when playing the Daimler is to never expose yourself to enemy fire.

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 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

Cons:

  • 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

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 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.

Media

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See also

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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
Foreign  Stuart I (USA) · Stuart III (USA) · Rooikat Mk.1D (South Africa)