Monday, 24 September 2012

Matilda Queen of the Desert Part 5

Part 5

The first idea for a larger tank was back in September 1936 three months of haggling over designs led to the
problem of a suitable engine and a search for a contractor which was The Vulcan Foundry in Cheshire.
In 1937 two co-axial  machine guns was in the first design but a 2 Pounder Anti-Tank gun and a Vickers
machine Gun.

                                                          British 2 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun

At the early stages of WW2 this was the most powerful Anti-Tank Gun and was the reason it was wanted on an Infantry Tank. The next problem was to find an powerful engine suitable enough, to solve the problem
of power two engines adopted same idea that the whippet used in WW1

                                                             WW1 Whippet Tank

The Chosen engine was from a London Bus a AEC straight six-Cylinder water cooled.
Two engines was placed side by side in the back half of the Tank 

                                                    AEC Straight Six-Cylinder Engine                                         

Having twin engine also double maintenance time the only thing better about having twins was if a engine failed they  could limp the tank home.

                                                           Matilda engine

The Suspension used was known as the Japanese type first designed by Vickers-Armstrongs for a medium c tank sold to the Japanese in it got known as Japanese style.

                                                               Matilda Suspension