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|Landing Craft Tank Mk V|
|Role||Amphibious assault ship|
|Operators|| United States|
|No. of positions||6|
|Position 2||20mm Oerlikon|
The Landing Craft Tank is an amphibious assault ship.
Like the Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM), the Landing Craft Tank (LCT) was a British development later adopted by the Americans, too. In 1940, after the Dunkirk disaster, Prime Minister Winston Churchill requested a ship that would be capable to load and unload one or more tanks directly from a shore. A request which has been fulfilled by British engineers immediately with the development of the first LCT in November 1940. LCT have been produced in many variants from this time on, also in the United States, which had a great demand for such vessels. A small number of LCT have been delivered to the USSR under the Lend-Lease-Act.
The LCT in Battlegroup42 is a LCT MK.V, of which 470 were built in the USA. It could carry up to 136 tons of cargo, usually tanks or trucks. The craft was first used during the landings in Northern Africa in 1942 and proved to be highly effective and reliable even in harsh conditions. The helmsman steers the boat and controls the bow ramp. There is 20mm Oerlikon gun mounted just above the bridge for anti-air defense as well as for suppressing any soft-skinned targets near the shoreline.
The amphibious craft is always loaded with a tank and an APC in one of the following combinations, depending on the theatre of war:
- M4A1 Sherman and M3 Half-track
- M4A3R3 Sherman and M3 Half-track
- M4A4 Sherman and Universal Carrier
- Matilda II and Universal Carrier