Tank, Cruiser, Mk.VIII A27M Cromwell Mk.VII Type Ew - "Putting On the Pounds"

Would you like to see the Cromwell Mk.VIIEw in game?
  • Yes, as a tech tree vehicle
  • Yes, as a premium vehicle
  • Yes, as an event vehicle
  • Yes, as a squadron vehicle
  • No, I would not like to see the Cromwell Mk.VIIEw in game.

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Cromwell T121801 clearly showing its improved design.


The A27M Cruiser Mk.VIII Cromwell Mk.VII Type Ew (Let’s just call it Mk.VIIEw for short) represents a specific configuration of the Cromwell cruiser tank that can be considered the definitive edition of the vehicle. The Cromwell tank had not only Marks, as normal British tanks, but also Types for its hull, of which there were various. The Cromwell Mk.VII, being the last of the line save the Mk.VIII CS version, incorporated improvements in areas the Cromwell was found lacking in. One of these areas was its armor, which was given an applique armor package in key areas on the Welded (w) hull types, which appears to be developed from the Cromwell Pilot D. Overall, the Mk.VIIEw included:

  • A33-type driver’s hatch
  • Wider tracks (15.5" to the 14" of the standard Cromwell)
  • Increased armor: 1.5" applique to upper front plate, 1" to turret face and lower flat plate
  • Improved suspension
  • Welded construction
  • Low-speed final drive
  • Heavy duty front axles

This selection of features represents the most improved variant of the 75mm-armed Cromwell in game terms. Cromwell VIIs were introduced very late into the European campaign and saw little action there, but Cromwell tanks continued to be upgraded after World War II to Mk.VII and Mk.VIII standard, if not to the Charioteer. Cromwells saw limited action in Korea before retiring for good with the British Army.


A27M Cruiser Mk.VIII Cromwell Mk.VII Type Ew

Crew: 5


  • Length: 20 ft. 8 in. (6.35 m)
  • Width: 9 ft. 6 ½ in. (2.91 m)
  • Height: 8 ft. 2 in. (2.49 m)

Weight: Slightly greater than 28.0 t

Powerplant: Rolls-Royce Meteor V12 engine (600 hp)

Power/Weight Ratio: ~21 hp/t

Maximum speed: 32 mph (51 km/h)


  • Primary: 75mm Royal Ordnance OQF cannon (64 rounds)
    • Rate of fire: 12 rounds/minute
    • Muzzle velocity: 2,028 ft/s (618 m/s)
    • Ammo types: AP, APC, HE, smoke
  • Secondary: 2 x 7.92mm BESA machine gun (coaxial and hull, 4,950 rounds total)



Key points to note:

  • Applique plate provides 4" of armor over the turret’s frontal arc and upper front hull, as well as 3.25" on the joint plate.
  • Upper glacis is still only 30 mm. This will be a major weak spot.
  • 38 mm shrapnel guards (fat things on the bottom of the turret) are not applique, can be seen (not modeled) on the Cromwells in game.

Additional Equipment:

  • 2" smoke thrower


Besides being the pinnacle of the Cromwell line (arguably, the 6-pounder ones are better even with their hull shortcomings), the Cromwell Mk.VIIEw would provide a fast tank with reasonable armor protection, with 4 inches flat across most of the frontal arc but still having considerable weak spots.



Big +1 from me, I’d love a heavier cromwell, I assume with fishtail exhausts. But does „low speed final drive” mean even lower top speed than the mk5? Or simply implies that it’s slower than the mk1?

After a cursory search I believe it uses the same drive as the Cromwell Mk.V, so the top speed would be 32 mph like the Cromwell V in game.

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I have a copy of the handbook for the Cromwell VII, which includes instructions on its maintenance and usage. per the handbook, it has a top speed of 32 MPH at 2550 RPM in top gear. The provided pictures of the Cromwell in the handbook do not have the fishtail exhaust. The handbook also states that the All Round vision cupola (seen on the churchill VII in game) can be fitted in place of the old cupola.

The handbook also talks about the smoke generators, a feature missing from a aweful lot of british WWII vehicles.

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Is there any plane that this handbook can be viewed online or potentially posted? It’d be an interesting read

you can buy it and have a peek for yourself. pdf is fully searchable and all the pages in the table of contents have links. very convenient

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Thank you very much, I will buy a copy once their shop is open (August 12)

Would be a nice addition in the standard tree, since it took part in battles, and it’s just an improved cromwell.

Great to see the Cromwell VII being suggested. 8th KRIH deployed to Korea with a Recce Troop of 10 Cromwell VIIs, the entire sub-unit meeting its unfortunate demise in the Battle of Happy Valley.

To summarise; Cromwell VII should have Scouting, representing its real life role as a reconnaissance vehicle. I would suggest placing it at BR 3.7, or 4.0 to avoid direct conflict with existing recce.