Charioteer tank destroyer


Charioteer tank destroyer
The Charioteer tank destroyer officially known as FV4101 Cromwell Heavy AT Gun was a British tank destroyer, designed in the 1950s from the Cromwell tank and used to add firepower to units serving in West Germany.

In the early 1950s, in an attempt to give extra firepower to the units of the Royal Armoured Corps, some Cromwell tanks received an 20 pounder gun (the same as the Centurion) in a new but lightly armoured turret. The resulting vehicle was designated as the FV 4101 Charioteer tank destroyer. About 200 units were converted by Robinson and Kershaw Ltd in Cheshire.

In practice the Charioteer was used by British Territorial Army units only and during mid and late 1950s most of the vehicles were sold to Austria, Finland, Jordan and Lebanon.

Type Tank destroyer
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
In service -
Used by British Army
Wars Operation Litani

Lebanese civil war

Production history
Manufacturer Robinson and Kershaw Ltd, Cheshire
Number built 442

Ordnance QF 20 pounder
Suspension Improved Christie

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