Tank Chats #86 | Coventry Armoured Car | The Tank Museum

Tank Chats #86 | Coventry Armoured Car | The Tank Museum

well I’m just about to do a tank chat on
the Coventry armored car if you like tank chats why not subscribe to the tank
museum channel and watch them all now what we’re looking at here is the
Coventry armored car and Coventry is quite an odd name for an armored car in
fact they were a design put together out of sort of other people’s designs and
partly used Daimler and Rootes group information to make this vehicle it
wasn’t all that good but we’ll come to that in a minute but this is it the
Coventry it weighed about 11 and a half tonnes which is quite heavy for an
armored car but that was because they’d rather try to stick everything on it
except the kitchen sink I’m not even sure about that
it’s powered by a Hercules engine or 6-cylinder Hercules in the back why they
used an American engine we’re not too sure but presumably they had nothing
British that would suit and it was a petrol engine by Hercules stuck in the
back there straight-6 it drove through a 5-speed gearbox of which four of the
speeds were synchromesh they didn’t use synchromesh on the first gear because it
was only used for hill climbing and that sort of thing something sort of quite
powerful but very slow so the other four gears were the normal driving is it
drove through them it had separate forward and reverse but it had a prior
standard gearbox a lot of it otherwise was based on the Daimler you’ll notice
for instance even the turret is Daimler like except that the Daimler turret was a
good deal higher than this but that’s how it was done it has a crew of four
normally three and the turrets and a driver in the front here now when the
driver got into place apparently he had to remove the steering wheel to get in
he was that cramped and if they put a nut on the steering wheel which young
did removed the steering wheel got into place put the steering wheel back
because the car without steer it was a bit of always sometime and screwed the
nut up again and that’s a particular feature of this view
it seems a clumsy feature but it was the essential way of getting in there was
also a driver’s position in the rear which would be used by one or other of
the turret crew who get into this position to drive the vehicle out of the
problem drivers in the other direction in other words he had two speeds second
and third in the gear change he wasn’t allowed to go into the higher gears in
case he got too fast so he only had a clutch pedal he didn’t have any others
but he was mainly involved with steering stopping and changing gear on the
vehicle because his view was limited and in any case it was only done to get the
car out of trouble the least that was the idea but that’s the vehicle it’s
armored to about fourteen millimeter quite odd that they didn’t use the extra two millimeters of armor that they used on the the Daimler the Daimler had sixteen
millimeters but this had fourteen and as I say it was quite heavy weighed 11.5
tonnes which is quite a lot for a four wheeled armoured car I think the nearest
the base the big AEC which was similar sort of weights otherwise most of the
armored cars that were in the operation during the Second World War which were
mainly Daimler and Humber were lighter and they all they needed to be as well
so that was the problem now although the vehicle appeared in 1942 as a design and
then to theoretically entered service in 1943 it was never actually used in
action in fact the Eighth Army who did reports on new vehicles said that they
felt it was obsolete already and that was before it ever went into action so
although a number were built for the British Army it was never ever used by
the British Army during the Second World War so it’s quite interesting from that
point of view it’s got a 2-pound again with the coaxial besa alongside it and
probably the two pounder was one of the problems it had really had it stayed by
1943 and the two pounder was considered to be a bit under whelming as far as
tank guns concerned it had no other use it couldn’t fire a HE worth them spit
so and it was probably an out-of-date gun and that’s probably why it was
declared something efficient at the time although the dangle and a 2 pounder and
was used for years after the war until the Saladin came out well as this thing
wasn’t what we did was sold twenty odd of them to the French the French then
used them first of all in North Africa and then ship the whole lot to Indochina
where they were fighting this war against the Viet Minh and they they left
them there so they can’t have been that much useful
that’s why they were done the vehicles a bit wider than the Daimler it’s eight
foot nine wide and it was said at one point that the track of the front wheels
was wider apart so that when it followed the tank it didn’t fall into a rut it
had wheels in two ruts but whether that’s really true or not I don’t know
but that’s it the Coventry armored car there was a mark – which had a 75
millimeter gun but that involves first of all throwing one man out of the
turret so you had a two-man turret and a driver of three main kinds – the four
and a much higher turret of course to take the 75 so that’s the only
difference and that never developed any further they only built one or two of
them on the on the prototype of the mark 1 hull but this is the mark 1 this is
the version that came into production but was never used at all as I say in
action by the British Army thank you for watching I hope you
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99 thoughts on “Tank Chats #86 | Coventry Armoured Car | The Tank Museum

  1. It might not have been very good, but it certainly looks great.
    I hope wargaming implements it with both turrets as options.

  2. Apart from a 6 cylinder Hercules engine, it also comes with bouncy castle suspension, look at it at 0:52.

  3. Jesh why did they insist on that 2 pounder. They could have put the 3 inch howitzer and gave it a few HEAT rounds to fight tanks

  4. This Tank vids are the best, David Fletcher knowledge is second too none . Please Jeremy Clarkson or someone from Grand Tour do a video on Sir David Fletcher .

  5. Hey the idea is that you're not exactly sending this against Tigers, and the German's own lighter stuff like half-tracks and their own armoured cars would still be vulnerable to a 2-pounder

  6. Employment was in everyone's mind to knock out a "enemy tank", if they would have made a HE round it would have been a good support for advancing infantry against soft skin vehicle's and dug in troops, other tank killers were in use and the full use of the Coventry was not put to the test in Europe after 1944. Great Video Sir David

  7. 2:02 that s funny..that is exactly how a tamiya driver figure is going to enter a tamiya 1/35 scale tank and jeep model : Paint the figure, paint the jeep/car…leave the steering wheel out..until the very last moment when all is put in place..

  8. I still miss the xplanation WHERE the 11 tons was stuck ? ENgine ? suspension ?
    It has LESS armor, it was only a bit wider..still..an odd 5 tons heavier..why ?

  9. Cheers David Fletcher! I can listen to you guys talk all day about tanks! Nothing quite like the morning coffee and a tank chat!

  10. Even the subscibe message at the beginning is exemplary – short, sweet and to the point. So many youtubers could learn from this.

  11. "worth a…………spit" XD I think he had the first two letters of that word differently in his head there before his mind pulled the emergency break 😀

  12. I can easily see the roots of the Ferret here in the Coventry .. with the exception of the Selector Gearbox, yes? This Coventry had a proper clutch, as you said, so they hadn't gone to the Selector box yet, yes? Was the "H" drive train the same?

  13. British crew chosing a vehicle at the depot for D-day
    Coventry 14 mm + kitchensink versus Daimler 16 mm – kitchensink 🤔

  14. Looks like an overly beefed up (in the sense that its not user friendly) m8.
    Suspension seems too soft for its weight; looks painful

  15. I wonder do both davids read the comments on this videos or just the marketing team? And if they di read the comments how does david feel about the cult of personality that has been established in the comments and the deeper part of the cult that focuses on his mustache.

  16. Thanks for the great information you and your team did great I love seeing all the tanks and armoured fighting vehicles

  17. A lot of the British Empire's armoured cars were meh. But they were far superior to having no armoured car at all.

  18. I believe the Germans also used a rear drivers setup on their 6 and 8 wheel drive Panzerspahwagens… interesting concept.

  19. My father did two tours of duty in Vietnam. He told me there was a WW2 armored car used by one of the ARVN officers. The vehicle had at some point lost one of its original tires and had a tire from a civilian vehicle in its place. I wonder if that was one of these Coventrys

  20. Hope to see these in WoT… maybe it'll balance out the horrendous current brit light line. And some competition for the froggies new lights.

  21. I was having a not so good day and then… David's smiling face greeted me today as I tuned in to watch the latest Tank Chat! Thank you for having this man talk about one of our favorite topics! 🙂

  22. (2:06) "A car without a steering wheel is a bit of a waste of time."
    – David Fletcher, October 8, 2019

    😉 We love you, David! 😀

  23. This armored car does look nice. I think it has that contemporary look to it. It looks not too dissimilar to modern versions, or rather AFV's as they are known now.

    Maybe outdated, but it still looks kinda modern.

  24. When David Fletcher tells me to like and subscribe, I do as he says. It's a shame I'm already subscribed :/ I want to support this channel more!

  25. Would've been more useful if it had a squeezebore, but I guess the germans got around to using it first. Then again though, the point of squeeze bore is to squeeze some better performance out of an outdated weapon platform like this 😀

  26. They're displaying that Coventry all wrong. Instead of jacks, they're supposed to take off the wheels and then place the vehicle on cinder blocks.

    In all seriousness, it's not a bad looking vehicle. WIth the exception of no HE for the 2 pounder and the whole having to remove the steering wheel to get in and out of the driver's seat, it would make for a decent shtf/zombie apocalypse vehicle.

  27. nice one diddy ,i been wantin to know about that coventry ,cas i got george fortys book on armoured cars an it tells you nuttin about service of that ,only in french service nuttin about british service !

  28. Well apparently someone in the British Army was using them before the sale to the French. In your closing Black and White photo on this video a Coventry armored car is sitting behind and to the left the group of British soldiers in the photograph.

  29. Less armour but weighs more? So a little larger than Damler? Engines from US probably because UK couldn't keep up production or needed production for other things.

  30. Armored cars with rear driving positions never made sense to me. Internal volume is at such a premium it seems like a waste for the rare times when it is faster to have a turret crew member squeeze back and take over rather than just have the regular driver quickly turn around, or reverse a little more slowly (but virtually immediately) with help from the commander looking through the cupola.

    Also, shocked someone thought a nut on top of a steering wheel was a good idea…. would love to see the Cheiftan give that position the "Oh bugger the tank is fire" test.

  31. The Staghound armoured car, of which several thousand were in use with the British and Commonwealth armies, was even slightly bigger and heavier.

  32. I get the feeling that an “Oh no, the cars on fire” test would not kindly look upon the removable steering wheel seatbelt.

  33. it did saw combat in my country (malaysia) against communist guerrilla warfare in the 50s to 60s and surprisingly the steering wheel didnt need to be take off because of our smaller asian size(back then) it proven quite well at narrow mountain roads and mud than having the british colonial troops to deploy their slower moving tanks against fast moving communist troops

  34. A removable steering wheel? I'd like to see the Chieftain do an "oh my God the tank is on fire" from the drivers seat.

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