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Bishop

Description

After the British 8th Army encountered German self-propelled artillery in North Africa, it was decided to build a similar weapon for infantry support. The result was the Bishop, based on the Valentine chassis and armed with the already-proved a 25 pdr. The gun was enclosed in a simple, fixed steel casemate.

The Bishop only saw limited production, as the superior US 105 mm HMC, M7 became available. After the North African campaign, the Bishop was retired from active service, but remained in service as a training vehicle.

Technical Details

Bishop
Crew
Crew
  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
Physical Characteristics
Weight 17.7 t
Length 5.54 m
Width 2.63 m
Height 2.83 m
Armour
Armour (range) 8-60 mm
Performance
Speed (max) 24 km/h
Engine
Engine AEC A190
Net h.p. 131
Armament
Primary weapon QF 25 pdr (1)
Secondary weapon .303 cal. Bren Machine Gun (1)

Images

Bishop in North Africa
Bishop in North Africa

Further Reading

Sources

  1. CHAMBERLAIN, Peter & ELLIS, Chris. British and American Tanks of World War II : The Complete Illustrated History of British, American and Commonwealth Tanks, 1939-45. Weidenfield : Cassell, 2000. 224p. ISBN: 03-0435-529-1.