The British anti-aircraft mounting spring support, known as the
Lakeman, has been commented on very unfavorably in the British Middle
East Command and G.H.Q. The Middle East have stated that they would
prefer to do without this support both on tanks and armored cars.
British Royal Armoured Corps Headquarters have also been consulted in
this matter and a certain divergence of opinion was noted. However,
after consideration, it was decided that the Lakeman anti-aircraft
mounting is not suitable in the United Kingdom either. The chief
complaint, which appears general both in the Middle East and the United
Kingdom is the lack of protection for the anti-aircraft gunner.
Note: While these discussions were being carried out, the 8th
Armoured Division produced a Valentine Tank with an anti-aircraft
mounting designed by a British Officer. This was viewed by the General
Staff and British Royal Armoured Corps Headquarters and was found to
have very definite possibilities. In consequence of this, the
Director of Tank Designs has been requested by the General Staff to
investigate the possibility of incorporating this mounting in all tanks and
armored cars where possible. It is feared that it may not be possible
to use this mounting with vehicles fitted with a cupola. Meanwhile,
the Commander of the Royal Armoured Corps has requested that he may
retain the present Lakeman anti-aircraft support pending the design and
production of the improved mounting.
(M/A Report, London, No. 47672.)