The Vickers Medium Mark II

The Vickers Medium Mark II was a British tank built by Vickers in the Inter-war period.

The Medium Mark II was developed to replace the last of the Medium Mark Cs. Production and rebuilding ran from 1925 until 1934. The tank was phased out of service from 1939, replaced by the Cruiser Mk I.

Issued to the 14th/20th King’s Hussars but withdrawn from service before the start of the second world war.

It featured several improvements over the Vickers Mark I: a higher superstructure with the driver’s vizor on top of it instead of in front of it; an improved suspension protected by armour skirts; and Rackham clutches, providing a primitive form of mechanical servo-control. Due to a slightly higher weight its rated speed was somewhat slower than that of the Medium Mark I at 13 mph compared to 15 mph.

The Mark II used the same chassis, suspension and transmission as the Medium Mark I but had a new superstructure. The Mark II was equipped with a 47mm 3 pdr gun and four machine guns in the turret. The back of the turret had a slope so that the machine gun there could be used against aircraft. There were two Vickers machine guns, one in each side of the hull to the rear.


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