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17pdr SP Achilles

 
 
17pdr SP M10 "Achilles"
Achilles Tank Destroyer Mk10 at La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium pic8.JPG
M10 Achilles self-propelled anti-tank gun with its distinctive long-barreled high-velocity British 17pdr, at La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium
Type Self-propelled anti-tank gun
Place of origin United Kingdom
Production history
Manufacturer Fisher Tank Arsenal Grand Blanc, Michigan - converted by Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
No. built 1,100
Specifications
Mass 29.6 tonnes (65,000 lb)
Length 7.01 m (23 ft 8 14 in) including gun
5.97 m (19 ft 7 in) excluding gun
Width 3.05 m (10 ft)
Height 2.57 m (8 ft 2 in)
Crew 5 (commander, loader, gunner, loader's assistant, driver)

Armour 9 to 57.2 mm (0.3 to 2.3 in)
Main
armament
Ordnance QF 17 pounder (76.2 mm)
50 rounds
Secondary
armament
.50 cal (12.7 mm) Browning M2HBAA machine gun
420 rounds
.303 (7.62 mm) Bren light machine gun[1]
Engine General Motors 6046 diesel (twin 6-71)
375 hp (276 kW)
Power/weight 12.5 hp/tonne
Suspension Vertical Volute Spring Suspension(VVSS)
Operational
range
300 km (186 mi)
Speed 51 km/h (32 mph)

The 17pdr SP Achilles (officially 17 pounder, Self-Propelled, Achilles) was a British variant of the American M10 tank destroyer armed with the British Ordnance QF 17 pounder high-velocity 76.2 mm (3 inch) anti-tank gun in place of the M10's considerably less powerful 3 inch (76.2 mm) Gun M7. A total of 1,100 M10s were converted to Achilles, making it the second most numerous armoured fighting vehicle to mount with the 17 pounder gun, behind the Sherman Firefly.

The name "Achilles" was officially a designation applied to both the 3" gun and 17 pounder versions (as Achilles I/II and Achilles Ic/IIc respectively) but was little used during the Second World War; at the time, the vehicle was called 17pdr M10, or 17pdr SP M10, or even occasionally, "Firefly". It has since become identified almost exclusively with the 17 pounder version.

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