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1945 Comet Mark I Tank

British Comet Mark I Tank 1945

Accession No.: E96.223
Length: 9 metres
Width: 3.1metres
Height: 2.6 metres
The Comet was the last medium tank produced for the British Army during the Second World War; it appeared in combat in early 1945. It developed 600 bhp at 2,550 rpm, and its armour is 10 cm thick. It had a crew of five and a combat loaded weight of 32.7 tons (33,225 kg). The turret has vertical sides and mounts a 77-mm gun with a muzzle brake. Auxiliary armament consists of two 7.92-mm machine guns. A few Comet tanks were brought to Hong Kong during and after the Korean War (1950-53). Only one was retained by the British Army and stationed in the Shek Kong Barracks until 1995 when the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) disbanded.

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