A25 Light Tank Mark VIII Harry Hopkins

Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 09:50 pm

The A25 Light Tank Mark VIII Harry Hopkins was the last of the Vickers Light series.

It was called the Harry Hopkins after the advisor to President Roosevelt, and was originally known as Tank, Light Mark VII, revised.

Like its predecessors,  the A25 was smaller, more vulnerable and less reliable than the opposition’s tanks.

There were some improvements made to the Harry Hopkins. The armor thickened and hydraulic steering was added. There was also a new faceted hull and turret.
A25 Light Tank Mark VIII Harry Hopkins
The A25 never saw action.

However, it was used as the basis for the Alecto dozer and as the mounting for other self-propelled gun projects:

  • Alecto I, a 3.74 inch (95 mm) howitzer
  • Alecto II, a 6 pounder
  • Alecto III, a 25 pounder howitzer
  • Alecto IV, a 32 pounder

Only the first two of these were ever built, and they did not enter service.

Great Britain

A25 Light Tank Mark VIII

Active: 1944
Crew: 3
Weight: 8.5 tons (8,636kg)
Length: 14ft (4.27m)
Height: 6ft 11in (2.11m)
Width: 8ft 10.5in (2.71m)
Weapons: Main – 2 pounder OQF (ordnance quick-firing) gun Secondary – 1 x 0.312 inch (7.92mm) Besa machinegun
Armor Maximum – 1.5in (38mm)
Engine: Meadows 12-cylinder Gasoline, 148hp
Speed: 30 mph (48kph)
Range: 125 miles (201 km)