A13 Mk II Cruiser - Elusive Speedster

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TL;DR: An A13 Mk II Cruiser in incredibly limited service with France.


The German invasion of France, especially its later stages, was a very difficult time for the French military. As pressure mounted, more and more desperate attempts to repel the German invaders were carried out, from utilizing vehicles in roles they were not intended to fielding turretless B1 Bis tanks. The French military arsenal at this time was nowhere near organized. One of the oddities that found its way into French hands was the British A10 Heavy Cruiser Mk I, which were acquired through a series of misfortunes. French troops were being recalled from the Norwegian Campaign to support their homeland. This included the 342ème Compagnie Autonome de Chars de Combat, or the 342nd Autonomous Tank Company, which landed in Brest, Brittany, on June 13th, 1940. The H39 tanks they were supposed to be equipped with, however, ended up in Britain. This meant that the company comprised of tank crews had no tanks to fight with. At the same time, the British 1st Armoured Division were making their retreat in the same harbor and they didn’t have nearly enough time or equipment to take their tanks with them. One thing led to another and at least 10 British cruiser tanks, visually confirmed to included A10s and A13 Mk IIs, fell into French hands. These vehicles were quickly pressed into French service. So quickly, in fact, that their crews didn’t even bother repainting them or adding French insignias. There is no detailed information on the French’s use of the cruisers, however, what is known for sure is that the cruisers did not serve the French for long as, by June 13th, France was in complete and utter disarray. Paris had already been declared an open city and would fall into German hands the next day. Brest would soon follow, falling on the 19th of June, 1940. Six days of service at most.

Place In War Thunder:

France is not very well known for its employment of British armor due to American armor being in much wider service and for much longer. That being said, French operated British armor should be more represented in-game. France’s rank I premium section is essentially empty, with a hero variant of the H39 being the sole occupant, which is honestly not the best vehicle. Yes, its armor and mobility are pretty good, however, its gun leaves a lot to be desired in its current implementation, firing a round with only 54mm of max penetration with a minimum reload of 4 seconds. The A13 Mk II Cruiser, by comparison, is less armored but faster and has a fantastic gun capable of firing significantly better ammunition with a faster minimum reload of 2.8 seconds due to the more spacious turret. Its highest penning rounds can penetrate up to 89mm of armor. It can also fire a deadly APHE round with 66mm of max penetration. On top of this, the gun has a shoulder stabilizer. This would allow you to get the first shot off in most engagements. Playstyle would be identical to the British A13s. Speed up to the battlefield and pop anything you come across. Very little foresight is necessary as your gun is one of the best in the area and is backed by a 2.8 second reload so missing a shot or two is rarely detrimental.


Armament: 40mm QF 2pdr cannon and 1x 0.303 in Vickers Machine Gun

Dimensions: 6.02m, 2.54m, 2.59m (L,W,H)

Weight: 14987kg

Armor: Same as A13 Mk II in-game

Crew: 4

Ammunition: AP, APHE, APCBC

Speed: 48kph

Horsepower: 340hp


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If France gets this tank, Germany should also get one (a premium or event tank). Germany operated 9 captured A13’s.

Kreuzer Panzerkampfwagen Mk IV 744(e) - Tank Encyclopedia (tanks-encyclopedia.com)

As long as markings are correct I have no issue with any historically accurate captured equipment as Premium or Event.

+1 for the French A13 as a foreign vehicle in wartime service, a valid Premium or Event vehicle.

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