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Black Prince

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UK Heavy Tank Tier VII
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 1,400,000  Credits
Hit Points 1,4501,450 HP
Weight Limit 50.7/5150.01/53 t
Crew
Commander
Driver
Radio Operator
Gunner
Loader
Mobility
Engine Power 350600 hp
Speed Limit 20 km/h
Traverse 1820 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 6.912 hp/t
Pivot NoNo
Armor
Hull Armor 152/95/25 mm
Turret Armor152/95/95152/95/95 mm
Armament
Damage 105-175112.5-187.5 HP
Penetration 111-185128-214 mm
Rate of Fire
14.29100% crew: 14.9 rpm
+ Vents: 15.23 rpm
+ BiA : 15.57 rpm
+ Food: 16.24 rpm
12100% crew: 12.51 rpm
+ Vents: 12.8 rpm
+ BiA : 13.08 rpm
+ Food: 13.65 rpm
r/m
Accuracy
0.34100% crew: 0.33 m
+ Vents: 0.32 m
+ BiA : 0.31 m
+ Food: 0.3 m
0.34100% crew: 0.33 m
+ Vents: 0.32 m
+ BiA : 0.31 m
+ Food: 0.3 m
m
Aim time
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
Turret Traverse
30100% crew: 31.29 deg/s
+ Vents: 31.99 deg/s
+ BiA : 32.7 deg/s
+ Food: 34.11 deg/s
30100% crew: 31.29 deg/s
+ Vents: 31.99 deg/s
+ BiA : 32.7 deg/s
+ Food: 34.11 deg/s
deg/s
Gun Arc 360°
Elevation Arc -8°/+20°-8°/+20°
Ammo Capacity 14084 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 2020 %
View Range
370100% crew: 370 m
+ Vents: 377.93 m
+ BiA : 385.86 m
+ Food: 401.71 m
370100% crew: 370 m
+ Vents: 377.93 m
+ BiA : 385.86 m
+ Food: 401.71 m
m
Signal Range
450100% crew: 469.29 m
+ Vents: 479.89 m
+ BiA : 490.5 m
+ Food: 511.71 m
700100% crew: 730 m
+ Vents: 746.5 m
+ BiA : 763 m
+ Food: 796 m
m
Parent Contour-UK-GB09 Churchill VII.png
Child
Contour-UK-GB11 Caernarvon.png110,000 XP
Research
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The Black Prince is a British tier 7 heavy tank.

The Black Prince was developed from 1943 through 1945 on the basis of the Churchill tank. It featured a wider hull to carry the upgraded turret with a 17-pounder gun. A total of six Black Prince prototypes were produced from 1944 through 1945. A few vehicles underwent trials but never saw action.

The last of the "Infantry tanks", the Black Prince is an overhauled Churchill equipped with a much better gun. Unfortunately, while the powerful engine makes it respectably agile during maneuvering, the tank retains the terrible cruising speed of its predecessors. Still, even being the slowest of all tier 7 tanks, its a worthy opponent thanks to its quick rate of fire, excellent accuracy, and great armor that can surprisingly bounce even a T34 shot sometimes.

When first acquired, the lumbering mobility will be absolutely inadequate for its tier, and only after researching the superb Meteor engine does it gain its ability to perform a stalwart role in battle. Like the Mark VII, it boasts an excellent front and side armor, but under no circumstance should it be driven into the open as it is an easy artillery target.

The Black Prince leads to the Caernarvon.


















Modules

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
07VII Black Prince 0152 152/95/95 mm
30100% crew: 31.29 deg/s
+ Vents: 31.99 deg/s
+ BiA : 32.7 deg/s
+ Food: 34.11 deg/s
30100% crew: 31.29 deg/s
+ Vents: 31.99 deg/s
+ BiA : 32.7 deg/s
+ Food: 34.11 deg/s
d/s
360°
370100% crew: 370 m
+ Vents: 377.93 m
+ BiA : 385.86 m
+ Food: 401.71 m
370100% crew: 370 m
+ Vents: 377.93 m
+ BiA : 385.86 m
+ Food: 401.71 m
m
0------ 0--- 10,000 10,000 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
07VII OQF 77 mm Gun Mk. II 140 140/140/190 HP 148/208/38 mm 150 Credits/7 Gold/75 Credits
14.29100% crew: 14.9 rpm
+ Vents: 15.23 rpm
+ BiA : 15.57 rpm
+ Food: 16.24 rpm
r/m
0.34100% crew: 0.33 m
+ Vents: 0.32 m
+ BiA : 0.31 m
+ Food: 0.3 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s

Front: -8°/+20°
Sides: -8°/+20°

Rear: -2°/+20°
--- 50,00050,000 Credits 0681 681 kg
07VII OQF 17-pdr Gun Mk. VII 84 150/150/190 HP 171/239/38 mm 175 Credits/8 Gold/75 Credits
12100% crew: 12.51 rpm
+ Vents: 12.8 rpm
+ BiA : 13.08 rpm
+ Food: 13.65 rpm
r/m
0.34100% crew: 0.33 m
+ Vents: 0.32 m
+ BiA : 0.31 m
+ Food: 0.3 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s

Front: -8°/+20°
Sides: -8°/+20°

Rear: -1°/+20°
15,000 60,00060,000 Credits 0826 826 kg

Engine
TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
04IV Bedford Twin-Six 0350 350 hp 020 20 % Petrol --- 11,00011,000 Credits 1,531 1,531 kg
05V Rolls-Royce Meteor 0600 600 hp 020 20 % Petrol 1,500 14,00014,000 Credits 0744 744 kg

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
06VI Black Prince 005151 t 01818 d/s ------ 13,00013,000 Credits 10,000 10,000 kg
07VII Black Prince Mk. II 005353 t 02020 d/s 8,6008,600 18,00018,000 Credits 10,000 10,000 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
07VII WS No. 19 Mk. II
450100% crew: 469.29 m
+ Vents: 479.89 m
+ BiA : 490.5 m
+ Food: 511.71 m
450100% crew: 469.29 m
+ Vents: 479.89 m
+ BiA : 490.5 m
+ Food: 511.71 m
m
0--- --- 21,00021,000 Credits 0040 40 kg
08VIII WS No. 19 Mk. III
550100% crew: 573.57 m
+ Vents: 586.54 m
+ BiA : 599.5 m
+ Food: 625.43 m
550100% crew: 573.57 m
+ Vents: 586.54 m
+ BiA : 599.5 m
+ Food: 625.43 m
m
4,000 4,000 22,00022,000 Credits 0040 40 kg
08VIII WS No. 22
700100% crew: 730 m
+ Vents: 746.5 m
+ BiA : 763 m
+ Food: 796 m
700100% crew: 730 m
+ Vents: 746.5 m
+ BiA : 763 m
+ Food: 796 m
m
4,500 4,500 25,00025,000 Credits 0040 40 kg

Historical Info

Tank, Infantry, Black Prince (A43) was the name assigned to an experimental development of the Churchill tank with a larger, wider hull and a QF 17-pounder (76 mm) gun. It was named after Edward, the Black Prince, a famous 14th century military leader.

Development

As a development from the Churchill, the Black Prince was a continuation of the line of Infantry tanks, that is slower, heavier tanks intended to operate in close support of infantry. The parallel development in British tank design were the Cruiser tanks, which were intended for more mobile operations. A43 was the General Staff Specification number issued in 1943, for an interim tank that would eventually be superseded by a "Universal tank" that would replace both Infantry and Cruiser tanks.

The cruiser line led to the Cromwell tank (and the 17 pounder armed Challenger variant) and then the Comet tank, (which had a variant of the 17 pounder gun) entering service during the war. While not as heavily protected as the Churchill, the Comet showed the way tank development was going. This led to the last of the cruiser line and the first of the Universal tanks, the very successful Centurion tank.

A larger gun than a conventional Churchill required a larger turret on a wider turret ring and consequently a widening of the tank hull to carry this. The Black Prince weighed around ten tons more than the Churchill so the suspension was modified and the tracks widened by 10 inches to carry the extra load. However, the Churchill's 350-horsepower (260 kW) engine was retained, leading to the tank being underpowered and slow, with maximum speeds of 10.5 mph (16.9 km/h) on roads and 7.5 mph (12.1 km/h) cross country. This was so slow that the tank's tactical usefulness would have been limited. Consideration was given to the use of the Rolls-Royce Meteor engine; this would have increased the available power to 600 hp (450 kW), but the idea never left the drawing–board. Likewise, plans to fit the Black Prince with the turret from the Centurion were never carried out.

By the time the Black Prince prototypes had appeared in May 1945, the Sherman Firefly had acquired a proven combat record, the Comet tank was in service and the introduction of Centurion was imminent. All these tanks carried the QF 17-pounder or a derivative; all had better mobility than the Black Prince and the Centurion had frontal armour of comparable effectiveness. The Black Prince had become redundant and the project was abandoned.

The Black Prince marked the end of the development of the Churchill tank, and the end of the Infantry tank concept in British tank design.

Survivors

The only surviving Black Prince tank is held by the Bovington Tank Museum in Bovington, UK; it is the fourth of the six prototypes that were built. It has recently been restored to running condition.
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