Cromwell tank stowage change

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Chris C, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    At some point in 1944-45 the pattern for stowage on Cromwell tanks was changed. Initially the turret was bare of stowage boxes:


    But there was a stowage change which added bins on each side of the turret - you can at least see the right side of the turret here:


    Does anyone know why this was changed? Also when exactly?
  2. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Looked this up in both the Osprey book on the Cromwell by David Fletcher and the HMSO book on the Cromwell tank. The Cromwell has a series of hull and turret types throughout its service life. The turret storage came about with Hull Type F (Cromwell VI and IV). This hull was the first to include a driver's side escape hatch. The installation of this hatch meant deletion of some of the side storage bins. If you look at the photos you've posted you can see the top picture has side storage bins flush to the front where the driver is peering out. On the bottom picture you can just make out the escape door on the left side and the shorter storage bins, no longer flush with the front of the tank. This was mirrored on the driver's side. The turret bins were to replace this lost hull storage space.
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  3. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Thanks! Now I understand :)

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