Designed in 1942 the Cromwell was a superb mechanical
package; the combination of Christie suspension, Rolls-Royce
Meteor engine and Merritt-Brown transmission gave
the tank a comfortable ride at high speed and superb
Museum photo No. 4238/C/5
Unfortunately the tanks was let down by its thin
armour and poor gun, a 75mm weapon with a very mediocre
performance against enemy armour.
Museum photo No. 4238/C/3
It was certainly compact, which is not always a bad
thing, but criticized for its boxy shape and lack
of sloped armour.
Museum photo No. 3804/E/1
Even so this meant that it was very cramped inside
for the three-man turret crew and not much better
for the driver and hull machine-gunner at the front.
Museum photo No. 4238/D/1
Our exhibit has been painted to represent a Cromwell
of 1st Polish Armoured Division in Normandy; specifically
the divisional reconnaissance regiment, 10th Mounted
Rifle Regiment which led this hard-fighting division
across north-west Europe.
Museum photo No. 4238/D/2
This particular Cromwell is a Mark IV, the type most
commonly seen in action. This rear view shows the
tow hook and smoke emitters.