Back to the Tank Museum Bovington website Visit the Tank Museum Website
Back to home page

D-Day Regiments
Home D-Day Stories Regiments Diary Articles Exhibits

Cruiser Tank Mark VII Cromwell.

Tank Museum photo No. 4238/C/2Tank Museum photo No. 4238/C/2

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 manoeuvrability

Tank Museum photo No. 4238/C/5Tank 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.

Tank Museum photo No. 4238/C/3Tank 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.

Tank Museum photo No. 3804/E/1Tank 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.

Tank Museum photo No. 4238/D/1Tank 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.

Tank Museum photo No. 4238/D/2Tank 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.

©Tank Museum 2003-2005 Registered Charity Number: 274640
Most vehicles featured on this website are part of the Tank Museum collection, many are on public display from time to time. Please enquire for details Many of the photographs on this site have a Tank Museum number with them, - details on how to purchase these pictures.
Site Designed and Hosted by Web of Knowledge Ltd.