Tanks, Libya.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 9th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the German Mark IV tank was used in Libya in November, 1941; whether it mounted a 77 millimetre gun; and, if so, what was the weight of the projectile fired by that gun?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

The German Mark IV tank was used in Libya in November, 1941. The main armament of this tank is a 75 millimetre gun. This gun fires different types of projectile, varying in weight between 12 and 14 pounds.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

I put this Question down to the Prime Minister. May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether, supposing he found himself in action in a tank with a 2-pounder gun of effective range of 600 yards, against a German tank firing a 15-pound projectile with an effective range of 2,000 yards, he would consider his equipment adequate, ample or equal?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

Evidently my hon. Friend has views himself on the subject.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Secretary of State for War what tank used by the British Army in Libya in November, 1941, mounted a 15-pounder gun?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

I regret that I should not be justified in giving any information about the design and armament of British tanks beyond that which was promised to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Twickenham (Mr. Keeling) in reply to a Question on 7th July.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is it not a fact that no tank with a larger gun than the 2-pounder was in action in Libya in November?