Daimler Mk II
36 km/h back69 km/h forward
33 km/h backSpeed
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.
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.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
|40 mm QF 2-pounder||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|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|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|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°|
|52||40 (+12)||27 (+25)||14 (+38)||1 (+51)||No|
|Daimler Mk II Optics|
|Which ones||Default magnification||Maximum magnification|
|Main Gun optics||x1.85||x3.5|
|Comparable optics||AMR.35 ZT3|
|7.92 mm BESA|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
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.
|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
- 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 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|
|Foreign||Stuart I (USA) · Stuart III (USA) · Rooikat Mk.1D (South Africa)|