The Crocodile flamethrower was a successful piece of equipment and is probably best well known for being used by the Churchill tank during World War 2. Immediately after the war, however, a new Universal tank, the A41 Centurion, was being delivered and was replacing the A34 Comet and other tanks as the mainstay of Britain’s tank fleet for a generation to come. The Centurion was significantly faster and it makes good military sense to have a single platform for a variety of weapons rather than multiple specialist single-role platforms.
One role the Churchill had performed well was that of the Crocodile, where its slow speed was not a hindrance. If the Centurion was going to replace all the older types of vehicles completely, it would need to be evaluated in the Crocodile role as well. With a view to this, in April 1946, the British military took a standard A34 Comet and having made minor modifications for the purposes of towing – namely the fitting of the Crocodile towing link – attached a Crocodile fuel trailer to it.
An article by Andrew Hills, illustrated by David Bocquelet, with modifications by Pavel Alexe.
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