Valentine III

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Valentine Front These shots were too good to pass up!

The Valentine, while not used by the Canadian Armoured Corps overseas, holds the distinction of being the first tank manufactured in Canada, prior to the Ram. Of 1420, all except 30 were sent to Russia, where by all accounts they were popular and acquitted themselves well.

This example is a British Valentine, which differs from the Canadian only in minor details. If anyone knows these regimental markings, please email me!

Valentine Profile This right-side shot shows the racey lines of the Val. It's remarkably low profile (height 89 inches) must have been a constant source of annoyance to German antitank gunners. Canadian Valentines were equipped with the puny 2 pdr AT gun, while British versions were adapted for the excellent 6 pdr early on (and later, the 75mm QF gun).

This particular tank is driven regularly, and by all accounts, is a lot of fun!

Valentine Right Side Rear Right rear view. Mud and grass in tracks make me very happy!

The Val is sleek, but slow. Powered by a GM 6004 6-71 series 6-cylinder diesel of some 130 Brake HP @ 1900 rpm, the Canadian Vals were rated at a blistering 15 mph top speed. In accordance with their doctrine, the Russians favoured the diesel over the British and American preference for gasoline engines. Laden weight is 39,000 lbs (19.5 short tonnes).

Valentine Driver's Station A peek into the driver's compartment. Seated centrally, he was by himself up front. There was a hatch like this on the other side as well, but entry to (and exit from) this compartment requires a degree of physical agility unknown to the common man! Visibility from this position is extremely restricted at the best of times. Frontal armour thickness is 60mm.

Valentine Driver's Position Detail of the driver's station viewed from the turret. The seating position is much like a race-car, with the driver's legs slightly raised. It is tight, but surprisingly comfortable. The 'V'-shaped black-handled levers are the tiller bars. Gear shifter is on the right, and instrument panel on the left. At the top of the picture are the twin periscopes which comprise the only visibility when buttoned down. 

Valentine Turret Turret detail viewed through the only turret hatch. The perforated ring at the bottom of the turret ring holds main gun rounds. Note that in this example, the breech assembly of the 2 pdr gun is missing. Traverse and firing controls are below the barrel stub. 

Turret crew was two only, a commander-loader and gunner. There wasn't room for any more, regardless! Interestingly, the interior of this Val is painted white, unlike most British armoured vehicles.

Valentine Turret Last but not least (some of my pics didn't turn out), a left-rear view of the turret. The No.19 W/T set is on the left and a ventilation/brass casing ejection port on the right. The blue box is the commander's W/T - intercom control switch. The box on the ceiling to the rear of the hatch is for vision 'prisms'.

This particular vehicle was running at a local show on 2 October 1999, and while we weren't able to be there, some photos and commentary should be coming our way shortly....

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