By Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis
The full Illustrated heritage of British, American and Commonwealth Tanks, 1939-1945 British and American Tanks of worldwide conflict
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It was not until March 1944 that the first production vehicles were ready, by which time it was realised that no provision for waterproofing for deep wading existed. This was essential for getting ashore from LCTs for the forthcoming Overlord landings (June 6, 1944). Meanwhile the Sherman with the 17pdr-known as the Firefly-was available and was adopted in place of the Challenger. Later in 1944, however, some Challengers were issued to the reconnaissance regiments of British armoured divisions in NW Europe to stiffen up the fire power of the 75mm-armed Cromwells with"which they were equipped.
Vehicles with applique armour had weight increased by approximately I 1201b. Late production vehicles had Comet type exhaust modifications. 69. Cromwell I; this particular vehicle is one ofthirty pre-production Cromwells in mild steel for training and trials. 44 74. Cromwell IV with CIRD. This vehicle has a D type hull with co-driver's escape door only in hull. 70. Cromwell IV. This is a late production vehicle with F type hull which had escape doors (seen open) for driver and co-driver. 71. Cromwell VI was the close support variant with 95mm howitzer.
48. Covenanter AMRA on test. Covenanter OP, Command, and ARV: A few vehicles were converted for these roles. Covenanter ARV had similar appearance to Crusader ARV (qv). 47. Covenanter Bridgelayer about to launch bridge. at extreme rear. Stowage boxes added on nose each side of headlamp housing. ) Covenanter IV: As Covenanter III but with additional built-in cooling modifications including air intake louvres on rear decking. Covenanter CS (any mark): Small proportion of vehicles with 3in howitzer in place of 2pdr for close support work.
British and American Tanks of World War Two by Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis