Cruiser Tank Comet (A34) Cruiser Tank
The Comet Cruiser Tank became one of the more important British-originated tank developments before the end of World War 2.
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The Comet Cruiser tank was Britain's most powerful combat tank system of World War 2. It arrived in the latter phases of the conflict and extensive crew training delayed her overall tactical impact in the war but she proved a reliable mount and her crews likened her for the available protection and inherent speed. Eventually, the series would be replaced by more modern tank
systems in the British Army inventory. The Comet became the last of the British infantry-minded "Cruiser" tanks
before all thought shifted to "Main Battle Tanks" during the upcoming Cold War.
The Comet Cruiser design emerged from a 1941 British Army requirement seeking a new tank system with enough armor to survive the dangers of the modern battlefield and enough firepower to effectively engage any German tank then known. British actions across North Africa showcased a shortfall of capable British Army tanks to the point that much reliance was placed on the Lend-Lease American M3 Lee/Grant
and M4 Sherman
medium tanks. British tank design philosophy, at least up to this point in mechanized history, still relied heavily on speed over armor protection and firepower. The evolution of the Cromwell medium tank
served to help thin the gap between British and German tank designs, at least for the interim.