London Midland and Scottish Railway Company, 1st ed., 1942. Vi + 94 pp., frontis., + 42 photo & other figs., + 13 large fldg., plates + cloth-backed, fldg., Lubrication Diagram in rear pocket, together with 5 labelled & copied stowage sketches of the Covenanter II + 1 typed workshop repairs sheet with some hand-sketches on the verso. Re-backed in brown cloth and retaining original brown cloth folder boards, new e.p.'s. Press-stud clasp broken with cloth frayed along fldg., edge ; 2 numerical stamps to prelims o/w V.G. The Tank, Cruise, Mk V or A13 Covenanter was a British cruiser tank during the Second World War and the first cruiser tank to be given a name. Designed by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway as a better armoured replacement for the Cruiser Mark IV, it was ordered into production in 1939 before pilot models were built. Problems with design only became apparent after production was under way. The tank equipped various British armoured divisions in the home defence and training roles. It never left the British Isles as poor engine cooling caused versions MkI - MkIII to be declared unfit for use overseas service in especially hot climates. This was rectified in the MkIV after many corrective actions but by February 1944, it was declared obsolete. More than 1,700 of the type were built and this is a RARE, confidential Instruction Book for the Covenanter II, III and IV. It contains a general description of the vehicle, section by section, with attention being drawn to any specific features. Following the description of each unit are given the necessary running adjustments and maintenance operations, which could be carried out by the crew. A special chapter at the end deals with removal and replacement of radiator, engine, gearbox and other major assemblies, and includes information intended to assist workshops in dismantling, overhauling and re-erecting these items. Along with a total of forty-three photographs and figures in the text, there are also thirteen large folding plates, a cloth-backed, folding diagram in the rear pocket, together with five diagrams showing the arrangement of the stowage plus a typed workshop repairs sheet with some hand-drawn sketches on the verso. A RARE and historically valuable item.

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