Valentine Archer

Detail

Designed by Vickers Armstrong production began in 1943.

It mounted the 17pdr anti-tank gun facing rearwards on the chassis of the Valentine tank.

This produced a vehicle with a low silhouette and excellent firepower.

During the Second World War, the Archer served with RA anti-tank batteries but was transferred to the RAC shortly after the end of hostilities for use by the Divisional Anti-Tank regiments – in which role both 3rd and 7th Hussars were employed.

The Archer was unpopular because of its unorthodox layout and open-topped fighting compartment and the requirement for the driver to dismount before the gun could be brought into action.

Technical Specifications

Crew:4
Armament:1 x 17pdr (76mm)
Engine:GM 6 cylinder diesel – 1920 bhp
Max Speed:20mph
Year into service:1943

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