Ordnance QF 2-pounder (40 mm)
Following the 1935 budget in Britain, the Government decided to standardise the armaments employed by both the Royal Tank Regiment and Anti-tank gun companies to be identical. The first tank to utilise this gun was the Cruiser Mk. I (A9) which entered service in 1938. This tank, whilst not in the game, saw service in North Africa and France alongside other tanks such as the A13. Seeing action during the Phony War and the Retreat to Dunkirk, it was first used on the battlefield by the Belgian Army, however many of the guns that were produced had to be abandoned following the evacuation of Dunkirk. Stockpiles in Britain would eventually be distributed to the Army before they were phased out for the QF 6-pounder, and the remaining guns were sent to Home Guard Anti-tank sections across the United Kingdom. The gun was proven to show it's effectiveness against the early Panzer IIs and Panzer IIIs however it could also pierce elements of the later Panzer IVs until the E variant.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
- Mark VII A17 Tetrarch Mk I
- Mark IV A13 Mk I
- Mark IV A13 Mk.I (3rd Royal Tank Regiment)
- Mark IV A13 Mk II
- Mark IV A13 Mk II
- Daimler Armoured Car Mk.II
- Crusader Mk II
- Valentine Mk I
- Infantry Tank Mk II A12 "Matilda" II
- Infantry Tank Mk IV A22 "Churchill" Mk I
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Pros and cons
- High-penetrating round
- Quick reload
- Decent muzzle velocity
- Lack of explosive filler means multiple shots could be needed to take out a target
The gun proved it's effectiveness against early Panzer IIs and Panzer IIIs and proved effective even later against more advanced enemies where it could also pierce elements of the Panzer IVs until the E variant arrived to the battlefield. Examinations of the gun on angled surfaces showed good results in the 1936 tests.
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- Bird, Lorrin; Lingston, Robert (2001). World War II Ballistics: Armor and Gunnery. Albany, NY USA: Overmatch Press. p. 60
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|Britain tank cannons|
|40 mm||Ordnance QF 2-pounder|
|47 mm||Ordnance QF 3-pounder|
|57 mm||Ordnance QF 6-pounder Mk.III · Ordnance QF 6-pounder Mk.V|
|75 mm||Ordnance QF Mk.V · Ordnance QF 3-inch Howitzer|
|76 mm||Ordnance QF 17-pounder · Ordnance QF 3-inch 20 cwt|
|77 mm||Ordnance QF Mk.II|
|84 mm||Ordnance QF 20-pounder Mk.I|
|94 mm||Ordnance QF 32-pounder|
|105 mm||Royal Ordnance L7A1|
|120 mm||Ordnance QF Tk. L1A2 · Ordnance BL Tk. L11|
|183 mm||Ordnance QF L4|