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Churchill AVRE
Churchill AVRE
General Historical Information
Place of origin Great Britain
Category Armoured engineering vehicles
Speed 24 km/h
Main armament 290 mm Spigot mortar
Coaxial weapon 7.92 mm Besa mg
General Ingame Information
Used by Great Britain
USA
Canada
Crew in‑game 3
Seat 2 Smoke shell
Seat 3 7.92 mm Besa mg
Seat 4 Passenger Seat
Seat 5 Passenger Seat
Historical Picture
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The Churchill AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) was a Churchill Mk.III or Mk.IV equipped with the a 290 mm Spigot petard, throwing the 40 lb (18 kg) "Flying dustbin" with its 28 pound high explosive warhead; a weapon designed for the quick levelling of fortifications developed by MD1. The petard was reloaded by traversing the turret to the co-driver's hatch. The co-driver then breaks down open the petard barrel and pushes the petard round into the barrel and then closes it. The co-driver's hands are briefly exposed during the process. The AVRE was designed after the Canadian defeat at Dieppe, and could also be equipped with numerous other attachments, such as mine flails, fascine rollers, explosive placers etc. The crew of six were drawn from the Royal Engineers, except for the driver who came from the Royal Armoured Corps. One of the RE crew was a demolitions NCO sapper responsible for priming the "Flying dustbin" and who led the crew when they dismounted from the tank to place demolition charges ("Wade" charges). Post war Churchill AVREs were modified Churchill Mk VII armed with a breech loading low velocity 165mm demolition gun that fired a HESH round with about 40lbs of C4. Ingame we will have the Mk.III version with or without placed armor.

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