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    British Military Tanks Throughout History

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/11/2015

    The British gave the world the tank in World War 1 - only fitting for the nation to remain at the forefront of modern tank design today.





    There are a total of (55) British Tanks through history in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1998
    Challenger 2
    The Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank represents the current standard MBT of the British Army. The type ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Challenger 2

    1995
    Alvis Sabre
    The Alvis FV107 "Scimitar" light tank proved itself a fairly successful light armored reconnaissanc... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Alvis Sabre

    1983
    Challenger 1
    The original combat "tank" was born out of the fighting that was World War 1. However, these were ha... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Challenger 1

    1981
    Khalid (Sword) MBT
    The Khalid Main Battle Tank was born out of the aborted "Shir 1" initiative undertaken by the Britis... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Khalid (Sword) MBT

    1973
    Alvis FV101 Scorpion
    During the 1960s, the British Army adopted a tracked family concept under the Combat Vehicle Reconna... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Alvis FV101 Scorpion

    1971
    Alvis FV107 Scimitar
    The Alvis FV107 Scimitar is a light armored reconnaissance platform primarily in service with the Br... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Alvis FV107 Scimitar

    1965
    Vickers MBT
    The Vickers Main Battle Tank series was created with export customers in mind. It was soon discovere... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers MBT

    1965
    Chieftain MBT
    The original Centurion Main Battle Tank (A41) of 1945 was a hugely successful British Army initiativ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Chieftain MBT

    1965
    Leopard 1
    The German war-making capacity was dismantled by the victors following the end of the war in Europe.... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Leopard 1

    1955
    FV214 Conqueror
    The British-produced Conqueror Heavy Tank (FV 214) was designed as a counterpart to the hugely succe... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the FV214 Conqueror

    1945
    Centurion (A41)
    Though requested as early as 1943 and entering production in January of 1945, the British Centurion ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Centurion (A41)

    1944
    M24 Chaffee (Light Tank, M24)
    The Light Tank, M24 "Chaffee" was the chosen successor to the M5 "Stuart" light tank line which bega... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M24 Chaffee (Light Tank, M24)

    1944
    Sherman Firefly (Medium Tank, M4A4)
    Outwardly, the Sherman Firefly series of tank destroyers looked every bit like their M4 Sherman base... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sherman Firefly (Medium Tank, M4A4)

    1944
    Tank, Heavy Assault, Tortoise (A39)
    The British Army "Tortoise" (Tank, Heavy Assault, Tortoise A39) was one example in the seemingly lon... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tank, Heavy Assault, Tortoise (A39)

    1944
    Sherman DD (Duplex Drive)
    While the American-made M4 "Sherman" Medium Tank was not the finest combat tank of World War 2 (1939... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sherman DD (Duplex Drive)

    1944
    Infantry Tank Valiant (A38)
    British Army "Specification A38" called for a new infantry/assault tank intended for service in the ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Infantry Tank Valiant (A38)

    1944
    T14 (Assault Tank T14)
    The joint American-British T14 Heavy Tank assault tank program began in the early part of World War ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the T14 (Assault Tank T14)

    1943
    Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Challenger (A30)
    The Challenger Mk VIII Cruiser was a British response to the very real and deadly threat being posed... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Challenger (A30)

    1943
    M22 Locust
    After witnessing the successes of the German airborne divisions to take over most of Western Europe ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M22 Locust

    1943
    Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Cromwell (A27M)
    The Cromwell (officially known as Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Cromwell (A27M)) was one of two design pro... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Cromwell (A27M)

    1942
    M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)
    The M4 Sherman series of medium tanks proved an invaluable asset to Allied operations North Africa, ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)

    1942
    M3 Lee / M3 Grant (Medium Tank, M3)
    The M3 medium tank series appeared at a time when Allied armor (in respects to both armor protection... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M3 Lee / M3 Grant (Medium Tank, M3)

    1942
    M5 Stuart (Light Tank, M5) (Stuart VI)
    The M5 "Stuart" (also "General Stuart") was an extension of the original M3 Stuart Light Tank line o... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M5 Stuart (Light Tank, M5) (Stuart VI)

    1942
    Cruiser Tank Mk VII Cavalier (A24)
    The Cavalier Cruiser Tank became one of the many Cruiser Tank forms adopted by the British Army duri... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk VII Cavalier (A24)

    1942
    Sherman Crab
    Land mines have been a part of warfare since the 13th Century and were ever-present on the far-reach... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sherman Crab

    1941
    Carro Armato M14/41
    The Carro Armato M14/41 served in the medium tank role for the Italian Army (as well as a few nota... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Carro Armato M14/41

    1941
    Cruiser Tank Mk VI Crusader (A15)
    The British used the "tank" to good effect during the many late-war offensives of World War 1 (1914-... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk VI Crusader (A15)

    1941
    Cruiser Tank Ram
    Like most of the Allied nations at the start of World War 2, Canada saw itself with an outdated armo... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Ram

    1941
    Infantry Tank Mk IV Churchill (A22)
    The Churchill served the British Army and allied forces as the most important of its type during Wor... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Infantry Tank Mk IV Churchill (A22)

    1941
    M3 Stuart (Light Tank, M3)
    The M3 "Stuart" Light Tank became the primary light tank vehicle for the United States Army heading ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M3 Stuart (Light Tank, M3)

    1940
    Carro Armato M13/40
    The M13/40 was the next logical evolution of the M11/39 medium tank series of 1939 and introduced im... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Carro Armato M13/40

    1940
    Tank, Heavy, TOG 2
    Like the Germans, Soviets and Americans in World War 2, the British also invested time and money int... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tank, Heavy, TOG 2

    1940
    Tank, Heavy, TOG 1
    Still fearing that a potential war enveloping Europe would turn into the trench-based slogfests that... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tank, Heavy, TOG 1

    1940
    Cruiser Tank Mk V Covenanter (A13)
    With the Cruiser Tank Mk IV, the British Army found a replacement for its limited-value Mk III serie... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk V Covenanter (A13)

    1940
    Cruiser Tank Mk II (A10)
    In 1934, Sir John Carden of the Vickers-Armstrong concern began work on a fast, mobile tank requeste... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk II (A10)

    1940
    Cruiser Tank Mk IV (A13)
    After World War 1 (1914-1918), and the introduction of the "tank" as a viable battlefield piece, the... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk IV (A13)

    1938
    Cruiser Tank Mk I (A9)
    By its given "mark", the Tank, Cruiser, Mk I (A9) was the first in a long series of "cruiser" tanks ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk I (A9)

    1938
    Cruiser Tank Mk III (A13 Mark I)
    By the time of World War 2 (1939-1945) the British Army adopted a two-prong assault doctrine concern... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk III (A13 Mark I)

    1938
    Vickers Mk VII (A17) (Tetrarch)
    With the worsening situation in Europe during the late 1930s, it behooved the British to prepare for... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Mk VII (A17) (Tetrarch)

    1936
    Vickers Mk VI (Light Tank Mk VI)
    The British Army made use of a long line of light tank forms in the lead-up to World War 2 (1939-194... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Mk VI (Light Tank Mk VI)

    1935
    M2 (Light Tank, M2)
    The "tank" received its baptism of fire in World War 1 as large, cumbersome lozenge-shaped tracked v... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M2 (Light Tank, M2)

    1931
    Vickers Mk II (Light Tank, Mk II)
    During the interwar period that followed World War 1 (1914-1918) and preceded World War 2 (1939-1945... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Mk II (Light Tank, Mk II)

    1928
    Vickers D3E1 Wheel-cum-Track Machine
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    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers D3E1 Wheel-cum-Track Machine

    1928
    Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E)
    The Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E) was a light tank evaluated by the British Army but ultimately rejected. W... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E)

    1926
    Vickers A1E1 Independent
    In the period following World War 1 (1914-1918), national military powers turned their attention to ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers A1E1 Independent

    1925
    Vickers Medium Mark II
    The combat tank made its debut on the battlefields of World War 1 (1914-1918) and proved a decisive ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Medium Mark II

    1923
    Vickers Medium Mark I
    The Vickers Medium Mark I series of tanks was one of the few mass-produced tank systems to be found ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Medium Mark I

    1919
    Tank Mark VIII (International / Liberty)
    The Mark VIII "International Tank" (also "Liberty" when powered by the American Liberty engine) woul... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tank Mark VIII (International / Liberty)

    1918
    Tank Mk V
    The Tank Mk V was a further evolution of the British "tank" - then known as "landship" - which began... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tank Mk V

    1918
    Medium Mark C (Hornet)
    The Medium Mark C tank was a promising and notably agile armored system that arrived too late to see... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Medium Mark C (Hornet)

    1918
    Medium Tank Mk A (Whippet)
    The Medium Tank Mk A (also known as the "Whippet") was an armored vehicle specifically designed to e... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Medium Tank Mk A (Whippet)

    1917
    Tank Mk IV
    It was the British Navy - under Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty - that pushed the "ta... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tank Mk IV

    1917
    Renault FT-17
    The Renault FT-17 series of light tank was an evolutionary design in the field of combat tanks that ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Renault FT-17

    1917
    Tank Mk II
    The breaking of the stalemate of Trench Warfare during World War 1 would not have been made possible... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tank Mk II

    1916
    Tank Mk I (Big Willie / Centipede / Mother)
    The British were pioneers in the field of armored warfare during World War 1 - producing the world's... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tank Mk I (Big Willie / Centipede / Mother)