Vehicle design and service history:
Used by the British, New Zealanders, and the French. The Valentine Mk. V differed little from the Valentine Mk. III, the largest difference being the engine. With the Mk. III using the AEC A190 diesel compared to the Mk. V using the GMC 6004 diesel. The only noticable in-game difference would be the horse power, the AEC A190 diesel with 131hp and the GMC 6004 diesel with 138hp.
To tell the story of the Valentine Mk. V we have to look back at the older Mk. III. One of the major drawbacks of the original Valentine’s design was the 2 man turret, this forced the tank commander to undertake multiple roles and distracting him from his primary duties. Thus the Mk. III sought to remedy this, the turret was redesigned. The gun was moved forward in a new mantlet, the radio had a rear bustle installed, and more importantly the space saved allowed for a loader. This came at the cost of the side armour being reduced from 60mm to 50mm to save weight.
How would this work in-game? This would give the British 2.3 RB line up another vehicle to play with. The additional crewmember would improve survivability from attacks to the frontal and rear portions of the vehicle. More uniquely an AA Bren in a lakeman mount could be added and coded to the commander.
Additional historical pictures:
- British Infantry Tank Mk. III Valentine, Dick Taylor, ISBN 10: 8360672156
- Into the Vally: The Valentine Tank and Derivatives 1938-1960, Dick Taylor, ISBN-10: 836142136X
- Valentine Infantry Tank 1938-45, Bruce Newsome, ISBN 10: 1472813758