Light Tank Mark II was introduced into service in 1930 as a direct development of Light Tank Mark IA. It was one of the first vehicles to have Cemented Tank Armour, a type of face-hardened armour which resulted in significant weight savings. This armour was used in all light tanks henceforth, up to Mk VI. The leaf suspension of the Light Tank Mark I was replaced with Horstmann suspension with horizontally mounted springs. Light Tank Mark II was still in use as a training vehicle as late as 1940.
Summary of Principal Light Tank Mk II Variants
|Light Tank Mk II||No 1 Mk I turret with no air louvres on turret side and a sliding roof hatch. 16 built, 12 by Vickers-Armstrong, 4 by Royal Ordnance Factory.|
|Light Tank Mk IIA||
Two fuel tanks. Built by Royal Ordnance Factory.
No 1 Mk II turret has air louvres on each side at the top. The sliding roof hatch of the No 1 Mk I was replaced with a more secure arrangement of a folding hatch with two doors.
|Light Tank Mk IIB||
One large capacity fuel tank. Built by Vickers.
Turret as Mk IIA
|Light Tank Mk II Indian Pattern||Square non-rotating cupola on louvred turret. Sources suggest that these vehicles were not refitted with Rolls Royce engines.|
Originally these vehicles were manufactured with a Meadows engine, but most were refitted with a Rolls Royce engine.
Turrets later upgraded to Mk I* and Mk II* both with louvres with anti-bullet splash baffles fitted.
The suspension was also upgraded on most vehicles to a dual spring system.
|Armament||1 x Vickers MG, 4000 rounds|
|Armour||4 mm/10 mm|
Length: 11' 9"
Width: 6' 3.5"
Height: 6' 7.5"
|Max Road Speed||30 mph|
|Operational range||125 miles|
Original: Meadows 58 bhp
Refitted: Rolls Royce 6 cyl. 66 bhp
(pre-GS 'A' number designations)
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