Do you want to charge into battle with great speed, but without sacrificing your armor or firepower? Do you prefer flexibility to a fixed playstyle? The VI Cromwell B might be just the tank you have always craved. One of the most iconic tanks of the British Army, this medium tank has the gun and armor to prove it, along with spotting capabilities and impressive mobility that will leave your enemies green with envy.
A Gunners' Memoirs
“I remember travelling for a long way on the back of the scout car through quite hilly countryside and was eventually dropped off in an orchard. The tank I joined was a Cromwell designated ‘5 Able’, that is to say “Able tank in 5 Troop, “B” Squadron (Little Audrey).”
Read a snippet from Trooper Leslie Dinning's memoirs about his time as a gunner on “Little Audrey” in 1944:
“I was very keen and naïve, amongst fighting soldiers of the finest quality who accepted me at face value and made me welcome. I did not think to ask why “5 Able” needed a gunner and I never found out.
We broke through at Falaise, charging up through France at great speed chasing the Germans who were completely routed. This was how we progressed until we crossed the Belgian border. We just roared through the towns and villages, meeting very little opposition. If action was not imminent, I spent most of the time sitting outside the tank with my back up against the turret. By the 10th of September, we were just south of Ghent in Belgium where we caught up with 22-Armoured Brigade, which shows the speed of our advance.
The Mark IV Cromwell Tank on the plinth is a replica of "Little Audrey" 5 Able, "B" Squadron, 1st Royal Tank Regiment
In the Normandy Bocage, all the fighting, apart from that on the coast and around Caen, was by ambush. Obviously, the attacking troops were at a disadvantage because they had to move forward. Poke their nose around corners where sitting a few yards up the road was a bloody big Tiger, Panther or a self-propelled gun, literally waiting for us and BANG! You had no chance. It only needed one shot from an enemy tank or SP, whereas we had to put multiple shots in the side or the rear of the Tigers or Panthers. We hadn't a hope in hell of penetrating the front of a Tiger with a 75 mm gun. They only needed one shot. The German gunners were excellent, no question about that, but then so indeed were we."