Why The "C" In Our Main Battle Tanks?

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ALVIN

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#1
Can anyone enlighten us as to why Britain's main battle tanks all start with the letter "C"

For example ..... Churchill, Cromwell, Centurion, Comet, Chieftain, Challenger etc.
 

maguire

LE
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#3
and the matilda, the valentine, the tortoise, the whippet?
 
#4
in the 1930s it was decided there would be two types of tanks Infantry and Cruiser, the Infantry Mk1 was called Matilda because it waddled like a duck,and so was the Mk2, the Mk3 was called Valentine because of the deadline for the design was the 14th Februry, and the Mk4 was named after the Prime minister's ancester John Churchill, Duke of Marlbough.
The lighter faster Cruiser tanks started with the un-named A series but soon changed to the the C names Crusader,Convanteer, Cromwell, Comet, Centurion ect and so on , hope that helps
 
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ALVIN

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#6
Seems during The Second Word War that "C" was introduced then as prior to that as correctly pointed out, British tanks had other names.
 
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tropper66 said:
in the 1930s it was decided there would be two types of tanks Infantry and Cruiser, the Infantry Mk1 was called Matilda because it waddled like a duck,and so was the Mk2, the Mk3 was called Valentine because of the deadline for the design was the 14th Februry, and the Mk4 was named after the Prime minister's ancester John Churchill, Duke of Marlbough.
The lighter faster Cruiser tanks started with the un-named A series but soon changed to the the C names Crusader,Convanteer, Cromwell, Comet, Centurion ect and so on , hope that helps
Just wondered if in addition you knew how the name the glider portable tank Tetrarch originated .

Edited to add ..... I think I may now know ..... from Internet .....

Tetrarch (Ancient Greek: Τετράρχης, Tetrárchēs, "ruler of a quarter"
 
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ALVIN

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#8
Just to throw a spanner in the works ....... Britain's recent Reconnaissance vehicles C.V.R(T) "Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked" all start with the letter "S"

Spartan, Sultan, Samaritan, Striker, Scorpion, Scimitar.
 
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ALVIN said:
Just to throw a spanner in the works ....... Britain's recent Reconnaissance vehicles C.V.R(T) "Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked" all start with the letter "S"

Spartan, Sultan, Samaritan, Striker, Scorpion, Scimitar.
Because they followed on from Saladin and Saracen, of the FV600 series including a fire engine and High mobility Veh Salamanda, and Stalwart
 
#11
ALVIN said:
Just to throw a spanner in the works ....... Britain's recent Reconnaissance vehicles C.V.R(T) "Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked" all start with the letter "S"

Spartan, Sultan, Samaritan, Striker, Scorpion, Scimitar.
Missed off Shielder, Samson, Sabre from that list.
Not really Tanks as such , but neither is Spartan, Sultan or Samaritan.

Linky thingy
http://www.cvrt.co.uk/cvrt/index.html
 
#12
Worzel said:
So where do Dingo and Ferret fit in then?
They dont , all WW2 armoured cars were named by there manufacturer Marmon Harrington,Daimler,AEC,Humber, the Daimler scout car was nicknamed "Dingo" but the first named Armoured car used by the British was the American "Staghound"
 
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ALVIN said:
Trooper 66 .......... I admire your expert knowledge in this field Sir. :salut:
Many hours,whilst in JLR RAC wandering around the tank museum in Bovington
 
#18
Guy_Gourdior said:
Quite simple. All cavalry types are c**ts.
That's what we want on here,informed comments.Oscar Wilde lives.
 
#19
The British tended to name all their machine's as opposed to the Americans who tended to just asign a number,
All American tank's were named after Civil War General's Grant Sherman etc.
Planes such as Flying Fortress, Mustang, Mitchell again named rather than just the model number.
Glider's were named after Soldier's of antiquity Horsa, Hamilcar, Hadrian, Hotspur seemingly following a pattern when they could, the UK Armed Forces seem to like tradition.
Cruiser tank's were originally numbered from the cheaply made tanks of the late 1930's A9, A10 then the naming came in Crusader (the Covenator was not suitable for active service) maybe to lift moral? As the new Crusader tank went into a large offensive Operation Crusader in honour of the new tank that were to be used, from then on the main battle tank (as such because the MBT hadn't quite evolved) were all named with a C it's just tradition really after that.

There you go clear as mud ! :D
 
#20
llech said:
The British tended to name all their machine's as opposed to the Americans who tended to just asign a number,
All American tank's were named after Civil War General's Grant Sherman etc.
Planes such as Flying Fortress, Mustang, Mitchell again named rather than just the model number.
Glider's were named after Soldier's of antiquity Horsa, Hamilcar, Hadrian, Hotspur seemingly following a pattern when they could, the UK Armed Forces seem to like tradition.
Cruiser tank's were originally numbered from the cheaply made tanks of the late 1930's A9, A10 then the naming came in Crusader (the Covenator was not suitable for active service) maybe to lift moral? As the new Crusader tank went into a large offensive Operation Crusader in honour of the new tank that were to be used, from then on the main battle tank (as such because the MBT hadn't quite evolved) were all named with a C it's just tradition really after that.

There you go clear as mud ! :D
Very true
The Americans did not name there tanks until the British started to do so with the M3A1 and the M3, now this is why, the M3A1 was the Stuart light tank but known as the "Honey "By its British crews, but the M3 was a Medium tank called the General Lee, with a cupola mini turret and the Grant Without it. The M4 was the General Sherman . It was only when the British started naming lease lend gear that the Yanks followed suit
 
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