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Valentine Mk.III. The Most Produced Valentine.


The Valentines have been one of my favorite tanks to play in the game. And the Mk.1 being my favorite of the 3. But I was doing some looking and discovered that we could have a 2pdr Valentine with more crew and a better reload. The Valentine Mk.III. This was also the most produced Valentine with over 8,000 built between 1940 and 1944. As put by Tanks Encyclopedia. "The Valentine III appeared in late 1941 and was one of the most produced versions of the entire series. The great improvement came with a completely redesigned turret, with a new internal mantlet and an enlarged turret basket, giving the much needed extra room to accommodate a loader to operate the gun, freeing the commander for other tasks. As a compensation for the added weight, the side armor was somewhat downgraded from 60 to 50 mm (2.36-1.97 in). The main gun was now a QF 2 pounder Mk.V". Modifications to the turret design — moving the front turret plate forward and a larger rear bulge — gave room for a loader to ease the duties of the commander.

 

Here is the Mk.III with the new turret

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Sources:

http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/gb/Tank_Infantry_MkIII_Valentine.php

http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_valentine_infantry_tank_III.html

https://ww2db.com/vehicle_spec.php?q=154

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine_tank

 

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Among all the British tanks that the USSR received under the Lend-Lease program at the beginning of World War II, the Valentine tank was valued more than others. Even Joseph Stalin himself put Valentine tank in high priority of supplies.

Here is one of Stalin’s encrypted messages to Foreign Minister Molotov supporting that:

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London

To Molotov

 

I've received both of your encryption. There are no big changes at the front. In the area of Baranenkovo and Raisin there are fierce battles. The Germans have six tank divisions in that area. We hold Raisin, the Germans - Voronenkovo. In the Kharkov region, our offensive was suspended. The Kerch half-island had to be ceded. On other fronts unchanged. We badly need fighters and tanks. Rise before the British the question of increasing the supply of fighters and tanks, especially the Valentine.

 

Stalin

British: - Okey

 

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10 hours ago, erilon03 said:

Among all the British tanks that the USSR received under the Lend-Lease program at the beginning of World War II, the Valentine tank was valued more than others. Even Joseph Stalin himself put Valentine tank in high priority of supplies.

Here is one of Stalin’s encrypted messages to Foreign Minister Molotov supporting that:

  Reveal hidden contents

cZ0xnyD2Pj8.jpg

 

 

London

To Molotov

 

I've received both of your encryption. There are no big changes at the front. In the area of Baranenkovo and Raisin there are fierce battles. The Germans have six tank divisions in that area. We hold Raisin, the Germans - Voronenkovo. In the Kharkov region, our offensive was suspended. The Kerch half-island had to be ceded. On other fronts unchanged. We badly need fighters and tanks. Rise before the British the question of increasing the supply of fighters and tanks, especially the Valentine.

 

Stalin

British: - Okey

 

  Reveal hidden contents

 

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167784_900.jpg.a2548d69f540102d4611fe195

166422_900.jpg.8bb098575348e90b4aeca1787

 

 

 

 

Can't blame them the Valentine is a very good tank. Be it small crew and small in general its still a very good tank.

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Unfortunately there is no money to be made here by Gaijin (other than keeping players happy), so small chance the lower tiers will get love, especially after the China rubbish.

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