October 20, 2014

Black Prince

Black Prince

The Black Prince (A43) was a variant of the Churchill tank, armed with a 17-pdr main gun. The larger gun needed a larger turret and subsequently a larger hull to accommodate it. The Black Prince was ten tons heavier than the Churchill and its maximum speed was only 10.5 mph. Six prototypes were built but it never gone into production.


Black Prince
2. Side view.

During trials

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6. The only surviving prototype is exhibited at the Bovington Tank Museum.

Edward, the Black Prince
7. The tank was named after Edward, the Black Prince (1330-1376).


Photos attribution
1., 2. Tank Museum Guide. Part III 1940-1946 - Royal Armoured Corps Centre, Bovington, via Wikimedia Commons
3., 4., 5. http://media.iwm.org.uk, via Wikimedia Commons
6. Hohum, CC-BY-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
7. http://www.luminarium.org, via Wikimedia Commons