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The Tank, Cruiser, Comet I (A34) was a British cruiser tank that first saw use near the end of the Second World War. It was designed to provide greater anti-tank capability to Cromwell tank squadrons. The Comet arrived in September 1944 and it was British tank with decent armour, speed and a good gun. Many regard it was the best British tank of the war and they are probably right.

The Comet was extremely fast, reliable, was easy to drive and had excellent off road performance. The 77mm HV gun was a slightly less powerful than the 17pdr, although superior weapon to the 75mm KwK 42 gun of the Panther, but was still capable of penetrating thick armour especially when firing APDS ammunition. Armour was decent for a 33 ton tank but clearly inferior to the giant German tanks of the period but better than that of tanks such as the Sherman or Cromwell. 


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