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Churchill 3” Gun Carrier (BR089)
includes one Churchill 3" Gun Carrier.
In September 1941, rumours of new German heavy tanks in development led
the General Staff to request the Tank Board to produce cruiser and
infantry tanks mounting large-calibre high-velocity guns specifically
for engaging heavy German tanks.
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|The Challenger cruiser tank ran into
difficulties and only a small number saw service in 1944 and 1945,
although the turret was fitted to the TOG 2* heavy tank. The A22
Churchill infantry tank was the obvious candidate for a heavily-armed
Unfortunately the need to fit through rail
tunnels meant that the turret ring on the Churchill was too small for a
turret capable of mounting a bigger gun. The answer was to fit the gun
in a limited-traverse mounting in the hull, resulting in the A22D.
While this had tactical disadvantages, the resulting tank could be built
in short order.
Some excellent tank designs have successfully utilised wider tracks, allowing them to cross almost any terrain.
If a vehicle with Wide Tracks becomes Bogged Down while
attempting to cross Rough Terrain, roll again. On a roll of 4+ the
vehicle immediately frees itself and continues moving.
| As the 17 pdr selected for the Challenger would not be
available for some time, the old 3” anti-aircraft gun was selected
instead. Plenty of these were available after having been replaced in
anti-aircraft units by the new 3.7” gun.
Originally 100 vehicles were planned, but in December 1941 it was
decided that most Churchill production should focus on tanks fitted with
the new 6 pdr gun, and the order was reduced to 24. The first prototype
was ready in February 1942 and the remainder of the first production
run was finished in the middle of the year.
Many tanks are destroyed not by the enemy shell but by their own
ammunition being hit by white-hot fragments of armour and exploding. The
chances of this were minimised by providing a safe place for stowing
ammunition within the vehicle, such as an armoured compartment or inside a
If forced to bail out, crews of tanks with protected ammunition
are far more confident when it comes to remounting their vehicle
Tanks with Protected Ammo re-roll all failed Motivation Tests to
Remount Bailed Out vehicles in the Starting Step (see page 102 of the
|Fitting the OQF 3” anti-aircraft gun in a
limited-traverse mounting on the Churchill infantry tank was a quick way
to field a weapon capable of knocking out a Tiger heavy tank. On
hearing rumours that the German Tiger tanks were in the area, some
infantry colonels have actually refused to attack unless they had Gun
Carriers in support.
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Jeremy Painter
|The Churchill 3” Gun Carrier in Flames Of War
|Equipment and Notes
|3" Gun Carrier
|AA MG, Protected ammo, Wide tracks.
|OQF 3" gun
|Hull mounted, Semi-indirect fire.
Some tanks mount weapons in the front of the hull instead of in a turret to save weight or to make them easier to produce.
A hull-mounted weapon mounted in the front of a vehicle has a
180-degree Field of Fire covering everything in front of a line drawn
across the front of the vehicle. If the weapon is mounted at the rear of
the vehicle, the Field of Fire covers everything to the rear of a line
drawn across the rear of the vehicle.
British heavy tanks often open fire at very long ranges, where their
prolific use of ammunition can compensate for the difficulty of hitting
the target. It means that their ammo racks empty fast, but there’s
plenty more available for resupply.
Weapons capable of Semi-indirect Fire that didn’t move in the
Movement Step may re-roll failed rolls to hit when shooting their main
guns at platoons with all teams more than 16”/40cm away.
Last Updated On Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront