VALENTINE INFANTRY TANK

WEAPONS OF WAR

WE START A MAJOR NEW SERIES THAT LOOKS AT ARMAMENT USED BY BRITISH FORCES OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS BY PROFILING A KEY INFANTRY TANK OF WORLD WAR TWO.

The most numerously produced British tank of the Second World War, the Infantry Tank, Mk.III, Valentine, was unusual in that it started life as a private venture by Vickers, as opposed to a General Staff (GS) specification, which would have allocated it a code number beginning with the prefix A. Rather, it was given the unlikely project title of ‘Valentine’ by the designers, and when the tank entered service, the name stuck. Indeed, it was none other than Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who became so exasperated with the arcane system of tank designations during the war’s early years, who insisted all Production Models such fighting vehicles should be given a name.

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