The Light Tank Mark II

The Mark II was the first light tank to enter service with the British Army

The Light Mark II was a direct descendant of the Mark I and IA but they were built in small numbers for evaluation and some may have entered regimental service for that purpose they were not made with such service in mind that was reserved for the Light Mark II.

An A4E14 this time, complete with all the accessories that identify a commander’s tank, with Carden-Loyd machine-gun carriers in the background

In all 16 were ordered, 12 from Vickers-Armstrongs and four more from the Royal Ordnance Factory at Woolwich in 1931. Like the others, it was a two-man tank, the crew consisting of a driver in the front and a commander in the turret who was also responsible for operating the wireless plus loading and firing the main armament, one .303 calibre, water-cooled machine gun which could only be aimed and fired accurately when the tank was halted. This rather went against Royal Tank Corps policy at the time where firing on the move was the purpose of a tank, but since light tanks tended to bounce around when moving, that was impossible.

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