Morris-Martel

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Morris-Martel
TypeTankette
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
In service1927-1928
Used by United Kingdom Prototype's only
WarsNone
Production history
DesignerSir Giffard Le Quesne Martel
Designed1925
ManufacturerMorris Motors[1]
Unit cost2,465$
Produced1927
No. built8
Variants1-man and 2-man variants
Specifications
Mass2.25 long tons (2.29 t)[2]
Crew1-2 depending on model

Armour0.3 in (7.6 mm)[3]
Main
armament
3-pounder 47mm cannon[4]
Secondary
armament
Four x Vickers machine guns[4]
EngineMorris Motor
16 bhp
SuspensionLeaf Spring
Ground clearance18 Inches
Speed30 mph (48 km/h) on road

The Morris-Martel was a British inter-war tankette developed from prototypes designed by Lieutenant-General Sir Giffard Le Quesne Martel. Intended for reconnaissance, eight were constructed for the Experimental Mechanized Force and were tested against experimental models of the Carden Loyd tankette - built by John Carden and Vivian Loyd as a response to Martel's work - on Salisbury plain in 1927.[5] The project was abandoned after testing with the Carden Loyd design chosen instead,[6] however during its short existence the tankette attracted "quite a lot of publicity" and was a pioneer of the tankette concept.[1]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Ford (1997) p. 25.
  2. ^ American Defense Preparedness Association (1930). "Morris-Martel Tank". Ordnance. XI-XII: 27.
  3. ^ American Defense Preparedness Association (1931). "Morris-Martel Tank". National Defense. XII: 27.
  4. ^ a b Forty (1984) p. 42.
  5. ^ Harris (1995) p. 210.
  6. ^ "CROSSLEY MILITARY VEHICLES AFTER WW1". CROSSLEY MOTORS LTD. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
Sources
  • Harris, J. P. (1995). Men, Ideas, and Tanks: British Military Thought and Armoured Forces, 1903-1939. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719048141.
  • Ford, Roger (1997). The world's great tanks: from 1916 to the present day. Barnes & Noble. ISBN 0760705933.
  • Forty, George (1984). A photo history of tanks in two world wars. Blandford Press. ISBN 0713712163.

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