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 its 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
|Vehicles equipped with this weapon|
|Light tanks||Daimler Mk II · Tetrarch I · SARC MkIVa · SARC MkVI (2pdr)|
|A13||A13 Mk I · A13 Mk I (3rd R.T.R.) · A13 Mk II · A13 Mk II 1939|
|Crusader||Crusader II · Crusader "The Saint" · ▄Crusader Mk.II|
|Medium tanks||Valentine I · A.C.I|
|Heavy tanks||Churchill I · Matilda III · Matilda Hedgehog|
Tell us about the tactical and technical characteristics of the cannon or machine gun.
|"Shell Mk.2 HE" can only be found on certain vehicles.|
|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||-||-||-||47°||60°||65°|
|Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T||APCBC||792||1.24||-||-||-||48°||63°||71°|
|Shot Mk.1 APHV/T||AP||853||1.08||-||-||-||47°||60°||65°|
|Shell Mk.1 AP/T||APHE||792||1.08||1.2||9||20.9||47°||60°||65°|
Comparison with analogues
Give a comparative description of cannons/machine guns that have firepower equal to this weapon.
Usage in battles
The QF 2-pounder has a rapid rate of fire and decent penetration. This makes it the ideal candidate for brawling or flanking manoeuvres. Using the QF 2-pounder for long range fire on enemy tanks is ill-advised: the penetration drops sharply the further away you get, and there are better options in your arsenal, such as the QF 17-pounder (76 mm). If you must engage at long range, consider using the Shot Mk.IXB or the Shot Mk.1 APHV/T.
Pros and cons
- High-penetrating APCBC round
- Quick reload
- Decent muzzle velocity
- Lack of explosive filler on solid shots means multiple shots could be needed to take out a target
- 3 of the 4 available armour-piercing rounds lose penetration very quickly over range
- APHE shell is only useful at very close range and often bounces
The gun proved its 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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- reference to the article about the variant of the cannon/machine gun;
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- Bird, Lorrin; Lingston, Robert (2001). World War II Ballistics: Armor and Gunnery. Albany, NY USA: Overmatch Press. p. 60
|Britain tank cannons|
|40 mm||QF 2-pounder|
|47 mm||Ordnance QF 3-pounder|
|57 mm||6pdr OQF Mk.III · 6pdr OQF Mk.V|
|75 mm||OQF Mk.V|
|76 mm||GT-4 · OQF 3-inch Howitzer Mk I · OQF 3in 20cwt · QF 17-pounder|
|77 mm||OQF Mk.II|
|84 mm||20pdr OQF Mk.I · kan Strv 81|
|94 mm||32pdr OQF · OQF Mk.II|
|95 mm||Howitzer, Tank No.1, Mk.I|
|105 mm||GT-3 · GT-7 · GT-8 · LRF · Royal Ordnance L7A1 · Sharir|
|120 mm||Ordnance QF Tk. L1A2 · Ordnance BL Tk. L11 · L11A5 · L30A1|
|155 mm||G6 L/45|
|165 mm||ORD BL 6.5in L9A1|
|183 mm||QF L4A1|
|37 mm||M5 (USA) · M6 (USA)|
|75 mm||M2 (USA) · M3 (USA)|
|France tank cannons|
|25 mm||SA35 L/72|
|37 mm||SA18 L/21 · SA38 L/33|
|47 mm||SA34 L/30 · SA35 L/32 · SA37|
|75 mm||APX · APX Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 · SA35 L/17 · SA44 · SA49 · SA50 L/57|
|90 mm||D.911 APX · CN90 F2 · CN90 F3 · CN90 F4 · D915 · DEFA F1 · SA45 · SA47|
|100 mm||SA47 L/58|
|105 mm||CN-105-F1 · Modele F2 · PzK M57|
|120 mm||GIAT CN120-25 G1 · GIAT CN120-26 F1 · SA46|
|155 mm||Schneider 155 C · L'Obusier de 155 Modèle 1950|
|15 mm||MG 151 (Germany)|
|20 mm||MG 151 (Germany)|
|37 mm||M6 (USA)|
|40 mm||Bofors L/60 · QF 2-pounder (Britain)|
|75 mm||KwK42 (Germany) · M3 (USA) · M6 (USA)|
|76 mm||M7 (USA)|
|90 mm||M3 (USA)|
|105 mm||M4 (USA)|