July 20, 2015

Crusader Anti-Aircraft Tank

Crusader III A/A Mk I

The Mk I variant was armed with a 40mm Bofors A/A gun.

The Mk I variant was armed with a 40mm Bofors A/A gun
At the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Dorset. March 25, 1942.


Crusader III AA Mk II/III

The Mk II/III variants were armed with twin 20mm Oerlicon A/A guns.

The Mk II/III variant was armed with twin 20mm Oerlicon A/A guns
2. The photo was taken one day after D-Day. The tank belonged to the 22nd Armoured Brigade.

A Sherman and a Crusader A/A tank
3. A Sherman and a Crusader A/A tank of the 27th Armoured Brigade 
during Operation Goodwood on July 18, 1944.

A Sherman dozer and Crusader A/A tank
4. A Sherman dozer and Crusader A/A tank of the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry 
during Operation Epsom on June 29, 1944.

A Crusader A/A tank comes ashore from an LST
5. A Crusader A/A tank comes ashore from an LST onto the pierhead 
at the Mulberry artificial harbor at Arromanches in August 1944.

A few Crusaders were fitted with triple Oerlikon guns
6. A few Crusaders, like this one in hull-down position, were fitted with triple Oerlikon guns


Photos attribution
1. Menzies (Cpl) War Office official photographer, via Wikimedia Commons
2., 3., 4., 6. Laing (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
5. Harrison (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons