Vickers Armstrongs Mk VIB



The Mk VIB was the culmination of a series of light tank designs stemming from the Carden-Loyd Mk VII, introduced in 1928.

Designed and built by Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd it mounted a Vickers .50 heavy machine gun and a Vickers .303in the water-cooled machine in the 2-man turret.

The driver sat on the left-hand side of the hull with a Meadows engine on the right.

The Mk VIB was fast and reliable but not truly a ‘tank’, more a tracked reconnaissance vehicle.

It saw service in France in 1940 and in the early battles of the North African campaign but was no match for most types of German, or even Italian tanks of the period.

It was withdrawn from service by 1942.

Technical Specifications

Armament:1 x .50 Vickers Heavy Machine-gun
1 x .303 Vickers water-cooled Machine-gun
Engine:Meadows 6 cyl developing 88bhp
Max Speed:35mph
Year into service:1933

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