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British Tanks

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 43 British Tanks 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 represents the pinnacle o...

1983
Challenger 1
The original combat "tank" was born out of the fighting that was World War 1. However, these were hardly representative of th...

1981
Khalid (Sword) MBT
The Khalid Main Battle Tank was born out of the aborted "Shir 1" initiative undertaken by the British to fulfill an Iranian A...

1972
Alvis FV101 Scorpion
The Scorpion series of light tank has seen many major variants produced both for local use and for export. The Scorpion chass...

1971
Alvis FV107 Scimitar
The Alvis FV107 Scimitar is a light armored reconnaissance platform primarily in service with the British Army. The vehicle i...

1965
Leopard 1 MBT
The German war-making capacity was dismantled by the victors following the end of the war in Europe. The Soviet Union took Be...

1965
Chieftain
The original Centurion Main Battle Tank (A41) of 1945 was a hugely successful British Army initiative enacted during World Wa...

1965
Vickers MBT
The Vickers Main Battle Tank series was created with export customers in mind. It was soon discovered that foreign operators ...

1955
FV214 Conqueror
The British-produced Conqueror Heavy Tank (FV 214) was designed as a counterpart to the hugely successful Centurion Main Batt...

1945
Centurion (A41)
Though requested as early as 1943 and entering production in January of 1945, the British Centurion Main Battle Tank arrived ...

1944
M24 Chaffee (Light Tank, M24)
The Light Tank M24 Chaffee was the successor to the M5 Stuart light tank. Though appearing late into the Second World War, th...

1944
Sherman VC Firefly (Medium Tank, M4A4)
Outwardly, the Sherman Firefly series of tank destroyers looked every bit like their M4 Sherman base counterparts. Closer exa...

1944
Tank, Heavy Assault, Tortoise (A39)
The British Army "Tortoise" (Tank, Heavy Assault, Tortoise A39) was one example in the seemingly long line of "super heavy ta...

1943
M22 Locust
After witnessing the successes of the German airborne divisions to take over most of Western Europe in the opening salvos of ...

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 by German armor on the b...

1942
M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)
The M4 Sherman series of medium tanks proved an invaluable asset to Allied operations North Africa, Europe and the Pacific th...

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 and armament) was genera...

1942

1941
Cruiser Tank Ram
Like most of the Allied nations at the start of World War 2, Canada saw itself with an outdated armor corps made up of mostly...

1941
Cruiser Tank Mk VI Crusader
The Crusader series of British cruiser tanks was an important contributor to the early war years, particularly in North Afric...

1941
Light Tank, M3 / M5 (Stuart)
The M3 / M5 series (commonly known as the "General Stuart") was an Allied design classified as a light tank and appeared thro...

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 notable others) during Worl...

1940
Cruiser Tank Mk II (A10)
In 1934, Sir John Carden of the Vickers-Armstrong concern began work on a fast, mobile tank requested by the British War Offi...

1940

1940

1940
Tank, Heavy, TOG 2
Like the Germans, Soviets and Americans in World War 2, the British also invested time and money into the design and developm...

1940
Tank, Heavy, TOG 1
Still fearing that a potential war enveloping Europe would turn into the trench-based slogfests that were World War 1, a grou...

1940
Carro Armato M13/40
The M13/40 was the next logical evolution of the M11/39 medium tank series of 1939 and introduced improved armor protection a...

1938

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 for the British Army and ...

1936

1935
Light Tank M2
The "tank" received its baptism of fire in World War 1 as large, cumbersome lozenge-shaped tracked vehicles lumbering about t...

1928
Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E)
The Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E) was a light tank evaluated by the British Army but ultimately rejected. When the British Army pass...

1926
Vickers A1E1 Independent
In the period following World War 1 (1914-1918), national military powers turned their attention to the design and developmen...

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 in the 1920s. With a war-...

1919
Tank Mark VIII (International Tank / Liberty Tank)
The Mark VIII "International Tank" (also "Liberty" when powered by the American Liberty engine) would become the first tank i...

1918
Tank Mk V
The Tank Mk V was a further evolution of the British "tank" - then known as "landship" - which began with the original Tank M...

1918
Medium Mark C (Hornet)
The Medium Mark C tank was a promising and notably agile armored system that arrived too late to see combat action in World W...

1918
Medium Tank Mk A (Whippet)
The Medium Tank Mk A (also known as the "Whippet") was an armored vehicle specifically designed to exploit breaches in the ba...

1917
Tank Mk IV
It was the British Navy - under Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty - that pushed the "tank" into existence (then ...

1917
Renault FT-17
The Renault FT-17 series of light tank was an evolutionary design in the field of combat tanks that would go on to influence ...

1917
Tank Mk II
The breaking of the stalemate of Trench Warfare during World War 1 would not have been made possible without the contribution...

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 first practical combat t...
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