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This is a another in a series of Tank portraits.

This print represents an A9 Cruiser Mk I tank in North Africa with the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats), 1940.

In 1934 Vickers-Armstrong had produced a new medium tank, the A9, which was subsequently designated the Cruiser Tank Mark I. It was the first British tank to have a centrally located turret, but was poorly armoured, with a maximum of 14 mm thickness, many armour faces were vertical, and there were numerous shot traps.The Cruiser was an effective tank in the French and early North African campaigns. The 2 pdr gun was lethal against the early Italian tanks encountered during the North African campaign and could hold its own against early Panzers. However, the minimal armour made the A9 an easy kill for most Axis anti-tank weapons.

The mechanical unreliability of the Cruiser was also a disadvantage. In particular, tracks were easily slewed causing difficulties. A9s equipped some regiments of the 1st Armoured Division in France until the time of the Dunkirk withdrawal in June 1940. They were also used by regiments in the Western Desert until 1941. The A9 had inadequate armour and too Iowa speed for the "cruiser" role.

This piece was created in Illustrator CS and is entirely vector.

This was rendered with the pen and knockout tools and some use of the gradient tool.


  • Designation: Tank, Cruiser, Mk I (A9)
  • Crew: 6 (commander, gunner, loader, driver, 2 MG gunners)
  • Battle weight: 28,7281b
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 19ft
    • Height: 8ft 8in
    • Width: 8ft 2in
  • Armament:
    • Main: 1x 2pdr OQF (1 x 3·7in howitzer in Mk ICS)
    • Secondary: 3 x Vickers’ 303 cal MG (one co-axial)
  • Armour thickness: Maximum 14mm / Minimum 6mm
  • Traverse: 3600 Elevation limits:-
  • Engine: AEC Type A179 6 cylinder gasoline (petrol) 150hp
  • Maximum speed: 25mph
  • Maximum cross-country speed: 15mph (approx)

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Comment by Pilsner Panther on June 1, 2012 at 2:19am

Either there was no spell-check in those days (and there wasn't), or they were madly in love with the enemy.

Comment by lord_k on May 31, 2012 at 1:50pm

To Pablo:

actually, the Valentine (launched in 1942) used the Mk.I chassis.

Comment by T. von Kramer on May 31, 2012 at 7:06am

Gorgeous!  Thank you!

Comment by Pablo J. Alvarez on May 31, 2012 at 5:50am

You can see easily, the British did not abandon the concept of armored car of its colonial days, to make this tank, in a mix between the Valentine and the  R.Royce armored car.

Comment by IRON CROSS on May 31, 2012 at 4:20am

I really like the 7th armoured devision livery and the ironic coments

Comment by Komissar Hass on May 31, 2012 at 1:16am

Congrats on producing awesome panzer illustration once again!

Comment by Scott on May 30, 2012 at 11:27pm
That's a really good illustration.

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