By Simon Dunstan
The Centurion was once the first British major conflict tank of the publish global conflict II interval, and was once a winning tank layout, with enhancements, for plenty of many years. The chassis was once additionally tailored for a number of different roles.
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A Ki ~ as s priming system provided the means of injecting a spray of fuel into the induction manifold for starting :he engine in very cold weather. The engine cooling fans were mounted between the :': ) ne and transmission compartments. Non ~ ~s p iratory air passed over the engine, up through two swi\elling radiators mounted near-horizontally over :. :>utl et louvres. ~ ! e ctrical Transmission Compartment ? o wer from the main engine was transmitted through ~ Borg and Beck triple plate dry clutch to the : ~ an sver se ly mounted Merritt-Brown Z51 R gearbox.
Spring loaded governors in the rotors limited the engine revolutions to 2,250rev/ min by shorting the HT leads at that s peed. This action resulted in unburnt mixture passing to the exhausts and exploding there. Consequently, driving 'on the governors' was bad practice from an operational point of view. Two spa rking plugs were fitted in each cylinder, one on the inlet side, th e other on the ex haust side. The vehicle was provided with a 24V nominal system. Current was supplied by four 6V . a lleries connected in series and located beneath the i ghting compartment floor.
It was al demonstrations such as Ihis one at Bovington in 1960 that the firepower of the L 7 105mm gun persuaded many foreign armies 10 adopt this outstanding weapon. Centre left: Centurion Mk 9 was an uparmoured and upgunned Mk 7. The loading port in the bazooka plate and hull side, introduced on the Mark 7, reduced ammunition replenishment time from 30min to 10. This vehicle carries the earlier pattern bazooka plates. / WM Bottom left: Compose. Centurion Mk 8/ I of C Squadron, 3rd Carabiniers during an assault landing exercise in the Western Aden Protectorale.