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"British Nicknames of Tanks" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following intelligence report on British nicknames for Allied and Axis tanks was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 9, Oct. 8, 1942.

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a. British Tanks
Nickname     Official Designation     Characteristics
Matilda (Medium) Infantry Mk II Heavily armored, slow, used with infantry for attacking prepared positions.
Valentine (Medium) Infantry Mk III ""
Churchill (Heavy) Infantry Mk IV ""
Covenanter (Medium) Cruiser Mk V 40-mm gun, fast, long-range; standard tank of armored divisions.
Crusader (Medium) Cruiser Mk VI ""
Tetrarch Light Tank Mk VII Used with air-borne forces and for mountain warfare, reconnaissance, and protection of airdromes.
Harry Hopkins Light Tank Mk VIII ""
b. American Tanks
General Lee Medium M3 with US turret  
General Stuart Light M3  
General Grant Medium M3 with British turret  
Ram I Canadian-built Same as U.S. Medium M3 except that 2-pounder replaces 37-mm gun in turret.
Ram II Canadian-built Same as U.S. Medium M3 except that 6-pounder replaces 37-mm gun in turret.
General Sherman Medium M4  


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