But would putting a more powerful engine in the Matilda II help much?
Fletcher added that one unexpected but obvious result of the two AEC bus engines geared together was that by declutching one in the driving compartment if it broke or was damaged (it was never supposedly THAT reliable...)....the other, on its own, acted as a "get me home" like a twin-engined aircraft on one working engine!
I don’t think the suspension which has a very short travel could handle much more speed.
Travel was "improved on" slightly for the MkIIA version and after, after the lessons learned in France; not by actually
improving it...but by raising/cutting away the bottom of the sidings/skirts everso slightly! I.E. making the suspension's ground clearance
But then again - it WAS an "Infantry" tank, there wasn't much apparent need at the time for a tank that would outstrip its accompanying infantry on foot!
Quite early on in the process by the looks of it, just after the prototype A11 had appeared, its effectiveness was being questioned and a faster gun armed 3 crew 14 ton version was considered which gradually morphed into the A12
That would match with the three months of wrangling that Fletcher notes.
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