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The Last of Covenanters

Despite the fact that the British cruiser tanks Cruiser Tank Mk. V Covenanter did not participate in combat operations, only one example of this rather extravagant combat vehicle has survived to our time. The history of its development, production and short service life is described in the article ''Reservist Tank''. In this review we offer you to get acquainted with the last surviving Covenanter, presented in the exhibition of the Tank Museum in Bovington, England.

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​​The Covenanter was developed as a heavier modification of the A13 cruiser tank and retained many of the design features borrowed from its predecessor. In particular, the Christie's Suspension - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​The Covenanter was developed as a heavier modification of the A13 cruiser tank and retained many of the design features borrowed from its predecessor. In particular, the Christie's Suspension
​​The very tight layout of the new tank led to its unique feature. The radiators of the engine cooling system could not be placed either in the engine-transmission compartment or on its roof. They ended up on the upper hull front plate - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​The very tight layout of the new tank led to its unique feature. The radiators of the engine cooling system could not be placed either in the engine-transmission compartment or on its roof. They ended up on the upper hull front plate
​​The small volume of internal fuel tanks made it necessary to place an additional tank on the stern of the hull. But the Covenanter's engine used flammable gasoline - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​The small volume of internal fuel tanks made it necessary to place an additional tank on the stern of the hull. But the Covenanter's engine used flammable gasoline
​​On the roof of the engine-transmission compartment in the rear of the tank, mufflers and the stowage areas of spare parts are very tightly located - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​On the roof of the engine-transmission compartment in the rear of the tank, mufflers and the stowage areas of spare parts are very tightly located
​​The tank is armed with a 40-mm two-pounder gun and a 7.92-mm BESA machine gun paired with it. To the right of the gun mask and machine gun in the turret was installed a smoke grenade launcher - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​The tank is armed with a 40-mm two-pounder gun and a 7.92-mm BESA machine gun paired with it. To the right of the gun mask and machine gun in the turret was installed a smoke grenade launcher
​​The Covenanter Tower has a complex shape. The upper and lower side plates are connected at sharp angles. This form could be considered successful, if not for the almost vertical frontal plate. In the aft part of the turret is a large hatch, through which three crew members — commander, gunner and loader are located in the tower get into the tank - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​The Covenanter Tower has a complex shape. The upper and lower side plates are connected at sharp angles. This form could be considered successful, if not for the almost vertical frontal plate. In the aft part of the turret is a large hatch, through which three crew members — commander, gunner and loader are located in the tower get into the tank
​The construction of the turret, composed of armor plates arranged in two layers, was distinguished by its complexity. The turret's sides were made of armor plates of 10 and 9.5 mm, the turret's forehead — from parts with thicknesses of 20 and 19 mm, the stern-12 and 12.5 mm, accordingly - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
The construction of the turret, composed of armor plates arranged in two layers, was distinguished by its complexity. The turret's sides were made of armor plates of 10 and 9.5 mm, the turret's forehead — from parts with thicknesses of 20 and 19 mm, the stern-12 and 12.5 mm, accordingly
​At the stern of the turret was placed a stowage box for the crew's belongings. The construction of the turret hatch that leans back in the course of movement is also visible - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
At the stern of the turret was placed a stowage box for the crew's belongings. The construction of the turret hatch that leans back in the course of movement is also visible
​The gunner observed the battlefield through the sight located to the left of the twin installation. In addition, he had an observation device in the turret's front plate to the left of the sight - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
The gunner observed the battlefield through the sight located to the left of the twin installation. In addition, he had an observation device in the turret's front plate to the left of the sight
​Smoke grenade launcher armor - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
Smoke grenade launcher armor
​​The commander and loader had prismatic observation devices of the Mk.IV - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​The commander and loader had prismatic observation devices of the Mk.IV
​Periscopic observation devices had an all-round view - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
Periscopic observation devices had an all-round view
​​On the right side in the front of the hull was the mechanic driver's seat, covered from above by a double-leaf hatch. The radiators on the left deprived the driver mechanic of a view in this area - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​On the right side in the front of the hull was the mechanic driver's seat, covered from above by a double-leaf hatch. The radiators on the left deprived the driver mechanic of a view in this area
​​Mechanic driver's observation device (on the right) and pistol port closed with armor flap - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​Mechanic driver's observation device (on the right) and pistol port closed with armor flap
​​For a right-hand view, there is a viewing slot in the driver's cabin - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​For a right-hand view, there is a viewing slot in the driver's cabin
​​On the hull front plate there are two stowage boxes SPTA and headlight - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​On the hull front plate there are two stowage boxes SPTA and headlight
​​On the overhanging shelves of both sides in the bow there are spare tracks and fire extinguishers - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​On the overhanging shelves of both sides in the bow there are spare tracks and fire extinguishers
​Stowage of the spare track on the left wing in the nose of the machine - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
Stowage of the spare track on the left wing in the nose of the machine
​​On the overhanging shelves, also were placed the stowage boxes SPTA - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​On the overhanging shelves, also were placed the stowage boxes SPTA
​Stowage box SPTA and protection for the engine cooling system intake. Cooling problems plagued the Covenanter throughout its short service life - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
Stowage box SPTA and protection for the engine cooling system intake. Cooling problems plagued the Covenanter throughout its short service life
​Mufflers, air ducts, and stowage boxes SPTA turn the roof of the engine-transmission compartment of the tank into an intricate maze - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
Mufflers, air ducts, and stowage boxes SPTA turn the roof of the engine-transmission compartment of the tank into an intricate maze
​​Aft stowage boxes SPTA and cooling system ducts - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​Aft stowage boxes SPTA and cooling system ducts
​View of engine-transmission compartment roof from the starboard side - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
View of engine-transmission compartment roof from the starboard side
​Stowage box for the crew's belongings - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
Stowage box for the crew's belongings
​Aft hull plate, towing eyes, side gear protection, and an external fuel tank overhanging the stern plate. Even with it, the Covenanter's fuel reserve was only 160 km - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
Aft hull plate, towing eyes, side gear protection, and an external fuel tank overhanging the stern plate. Even with it, the Covenanter's fuel reserve was only 160 km
​​The undercarriage of each side consists of 4 track rollers, a guide and a driving wheel. There are no support rollers - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​The undercarriage of each side consists of 4 track rollers, a guide and a driving wheel. There are no support rollers
​The tracks are 273 mm wide. Pinion engagement - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
The tracks are 273 mm wide. Pinion engagement
​​Rubberized guide wheel in the nose of the tank - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​Rubberized guide wheel in the nose of the tank
​Large diameter rubberized track roller. The rubber band has clearly visible holes for ventilation. The original intention was to stamp rollers out of aluminum, but Britain at war could not afford that luxury. Steel Rollers - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
Large diameter rubberized track roller. The rubber band has clearly visible holes for ventilation. The original intention was to stamp rollers out of aluminum, but Britain at war could not afford that luxury. Steel Rollers
​​The drive wheel located in the rear of the tank - The Last of Covenanters | Warspot.net
​The drive wheel located in the rear of the tank
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