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Crusader Auxillery Turret

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Could we have them please? As a tank driver, I think this would be fantastic, and give me something to do when stationary other than look at a bush.

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This image also seems to depict a fixed mount for the driver... Seems to be a exceptionally rare, although the mounting point seems to exist on most examples.

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Shipped from the factory, removed upon arrival, because they were horribly designed. Cramped, awful ergonomics, and no ventilation. The MG spewed fumes into the turret, which made breathing impossible for the gunner, and it was dangerously time-consuming to get to a place where breathing was again possible. No one wanted to use a system that seemed likely to make them a casualty even without enemy involvement.

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In fairness, such limitations in other vehicles are not modelled, but as these were, as you say, almost invariably removed in theatre "with extreme prejudice", there's probably no place for them in game with the auxiliary turret. Most of the single crew French turrets, also Pz's !, II and 232  and (fully armoured turret 222 A/C's all suffered similar, although perhaps less severe fume issues. The Crusader was pretty poorly designed in many areas. It lacked the armour to survive against contemporary enemy tanks, lacked HE, and it's speed didn't materially add to its survivability. It also had engine=cooling issues in the Western Desert. My uncle fought in these for some years in WWII, I simply do not understand how he lived to tell the tale. British industry never really got into its stride with tank development until the advent of the Centurion, although we did produce some superb specialist armour - "Hobarts Funnies", and the Churchill, quite accidentally, carved a niche for itself in Italy and Tunisia, where its phenomenal ability at climbing steep gradients frequently turned battles.

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