Tank-hunter Achilles Mk IIc  
 

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In 2017, the fort will also exhibit an armoured car, which is on loan from the Danish Army Historical Museum (DHM) and will be located at the “shelter-hall”. The following text has been taken from the official website of the DHM:
 

"The Achilles Mk IIc is an armoured anti-tank self-propelled gun, i.e. an armoured vehicle specifically designed to combat enemy tanks.

The Achilles Mk IIc which will be exhibited at the museum, was modified in England during the Second World War, where it was equipped with the British Ordnance Quick Firing 17-pounder (76.2 mm) gun. This gun was originally developed as an anti-tank gun.

However, the “17 pounder” as it was usually called, was a large and heavy gun, that was difficult to operate in the field. The British army had been looking for a vehicle that could make the gun self-propelled and they found it in the American armoured vehicle M10.

The M10 was originally equipped with an American M7 gun, which did not have the same armour-piercing capacity as the 17-pounder. The M-4 Sherman tank was also equipped with the 17-pounder (it was then designated the “Sherman Firefly”), which was also in use by the British army.

During the Second World War, the 17-pounder was considered the best gun for combat against enemy tanks.

The M-10 tank was designed on the basis of the M-4 Sherman tank. There are quite a large number of components, such as the engine and the chassis, which were used in both vehicles.

It is of a great logistical advantage, when several different vehicles share a number of components.

In 1955, 48 used Achilles Mk. IIc were handed over to the Danish army, where they were designated “M-10 Achilles”.

In order to understand what kind of weapon a tank-hunter is, one can best compare it with a tank, such as for example the M-4 Sherman, which is also exhibited at the museum.

A tank-hunter is designed for one specific purpose only: to combat tanks. For that purpose, it is usually lighter and faster and more heavily armed than a tank, which is used for different purposes.  A tank is typically slower, but has stronger armour and is equipped with a gun that can be used for more purposes than only shooting at enemy armoured cars.

At present, the Danish army no longer uses any tank-hunters. A modern tank, such as the Leopard 2A5, can be used for a wide range of purposes and therefore it is no longer necessary to have these tank-hunters, which serve only the sole purpose of destroying tanks.

 
     
     
 

Data:

Country of origin: USA;

Type: tank-hunter;

Speed: 50 km/hr;

Operational range: 225 km;

Weight: 30 tons;

Breadth: 3,05 meters;

Height: 2,82 meters;

Length: 7,27/xx without/with gun);

Crew: 5;

Armament: 76mm gun, 12,7 mm machinegun;

Motor General Motors 6046 Twin Diesel, 375 hp;

Transmission -

Electrical system: 24 Volt;

Batteries -

Introduced in: 1955

Phased-out in: 1989