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Comet and Centurion Tanks c1948
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No: 10913   Contributor: Chris Hall Teesside UK   Year: 1948   Manufacturers: Leyland, Vickers-Armstrong   Country: Unknown
Comet and Centurion Tanks c1948

A Comet Tank with two Centurions in the Middle East c1948/9. This pair of Cents were supposedly the first in the Middle East.
Picture added on 18 August 2013 at 10:34
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The Centurions are either early production MK3s or more likely MK2s used for crew conversion training, these would be fitted with the QF 20 pounder Gun, (80mm) with a co-ax Besa 7.92mm MG instead of the MK1s co-ax Polstion 20mm cannon. Now to follow on from pic 10911 as to id the Regiment, 5 Royal Tank Regiment (5RTR) was the first regiment to receive Centurion Tanks in 1946 possibly a few MK1s but more than likely the new MK2s which went into production in Nov 1945, So as to the date and amount of earlier Tanks this is not 5 RTR. Still leaves at least 48 RTRs to discount. If I rember right 2 RTR were in the Far East at the end of WW2 so that should count them out aswell.

Added by Chris Stone on 18 August 2013.
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