Table of General Staff 'A' Numbers

Here is a complete list of British vehicle A numbers. Also D3, L1 - L4. Links in Bold are to my own pages.

Designation

Name

Approx
Date

Notes and Links
A1E1 Vickers Independent 1926  A1E1 Vickers Independent
A2E1 Medium Tank Vickers Mk I 1924

Vickers Medium Tanks

A2E2 Medium Tank Vickers Mk I (CS version) 1924

Vickers Medium Tanks

Mk II did not have an A-number
A3E1 3 Man Tank (ROF); Carrier MG No 1 1926  
A4E1 Carden-Loyd Mk VII 1929  
A4E2 Light Tank Mk I prototype 1929  
A4E3 Light Tank Mk I prototype 1929  
A4E4 Light Tank Mk I prototype 1929   
A4E5 Light Tank Mk I prototype 1929   
A4E6 Light Tank Mk IA prototype 1930  
A4E7 Light Tank Mk IA prototype 1930   
A4E8 Light Tank Mk IA prototype 1930   
A4E9 Light Tank Mk IA prototype 1930   
A4E10 Light Tank Mk IA prototype 1930  Double-gun turret with two MGs stacked vertically.
A4E11 Amphibious Light Tanks (=L1E1) 1932  Vickers Armstrong Light Amphibious Tank. Basis for Russian T37 and T38.
A4E12 Amphibious Light Tanks (=L1E2) 1932  Vickers Armstrong Light Amphibious Tank. Basis for Russian T37 and T38.
A4E13 Light Tank Mk II prototype 1930 3 return rollers. Light Tank Mk II
A4E14 Light Tank Mk II prototype 1930  3 return rollers. Light Tank Mk II
A4E15 Light Tank Mk II prototype 1930  3 return rollers. Light Tank Mk II
A4E16 Light Tank Mk IIA prototype 1931  3 return rollers. Light Tank Mk II
A4E17 Light Tank Mk IIB prototype 1931  3 return rollers. Light Tank Mk II
A4E18 Light Tank Mk IIA prototype 1931  2 return rollers. Light Tank Mk II
A4E19 Light Tank Mk II Indian Pattern No. 1 (=L2E1) 1931   Light Tank Mk II
A4E20 Light Tank Mk II Indian Pattern No. 2 (=L2E2) 1931   Light Tank Mk II
A5E1 Vickers 'Carden-Loyd' 3-man light tank 1930   Large diameter turret. Half-moon shaped suspension brackets with small wheels. Wide turret had twin MGs side by side.
A6E1 Medium Mk III Prototype (16 tonner) 1928 

A6/Medium Mk III  

(Mk III delivered 1933)

A6E2 Medium Mk III Prototype (16 tonner) 1928 

A6/Medium Mk III  

(Mk III delivered 1933)

A6E3 Medium Mk III Prototype (16 tonner) 1929 

A6/Medium Mk III 

(Mk III delivered 1933)  

A7E1 Heavy Cruiser prototype (14 tonner) 1931   
A7E2 Heavy Cruiser prototype (14 tonner) 1931  
A7E3 Heavy Cruiser prototype (14 tonner) 1936   
A8 (A8E1) Aborted medium 1934-7  
A9 (A9E1) Cruiser Tank Mk I 1936 

A9 Cruiser Tank Mark I and Mark I CS

Armour in Focus: A9

A10 (A10E1, E2, E3) Cruiser Tanks Mk II and IIA. 1937 

Infantry Tank Mk III Valentine was developed from this vehicle.
A10, Mark I and IA, Tank Cruiser Mark II and IIA
photo study

Armour in Focus: A10

Armour in Focus: Valentine

A11 (A11E1) Infantry Tank Mk I Matilda 1936  Matilda I Photo study
A12 (A12E1) Infantry Tank Mk II Matilda 1938 

 

 

A13E1 Christie tank, ex USA 1936  The Christie Tanks
A13 (A13E2, A13E3) Cruiser Tank Mk III 1937-8  
A13 Mk II Cruiser Tanks Mk IV and IVA 1938 Armour in Focus
A13 Mk III A13 MkIII, Cruiser MkV, Covenanter 1940 

Armour in Focus

A13 MkIII, Cruiser MkV, Covenanter

A14E1, E2 Modified GS specification heavy cruiser 1939   
A15 (A15E1) Cruiser Tank Mk VI, Crusader 1940   
A16E1 Aborted Heavy Cruiser 1939   
A17E1 Light Tank Mk VII, Tetrarch I 1938 

Light Tank Mk VII, Tetrarch I 

Kit review (Extratech)

A18 Aborted Light Cruiser tank based on A17 1939    
A19 Projected Cruiser tank with auxilliary turrets on top of main turret  1939   
A20E1, E2 Uparmoured Matilda: Shelled Area Infantry Tank    
A21 Projected development of A20    
A22 (A22E1) Infantry Tank Mk IV Churchill   Armour in Focus

REME Museum: Churchill ARV

A22D Gun Carrier 3 Inch Mark I Churchill    
A22F Churchill VII, redesignated A42 in 1945     
A23 Projected lighter version of A22    
A24 (A24E1) Cruiser Tank Mk VII Cavalier  1941   
A25 (A25E1) Light Tank Mk VIII Harry Hopkins  1941   
A26 Projected lighter and faster version of A22    
A27L Centaur    
A27M Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Cromwell   Kit review (Revell and Extratech)
A28 Cromwell with increased armour and skirting plates    
A29 Projected cruiser with 17pdr    
A30 Challenger, Avenger  

AFV News

A31 Projected Cromwell with heavier armour    
A32 Projected Cromwell with armour to A22 standard    
A33 Heavy Assault Tank, Excelsior   A33, Excelsior
A34 Tank, Cruiser, Comet 1944/5 - 1960s

A34 Comet

Armour in Focus

A35 Projected heavier Cromwell    
A36 Projected A30 with increased protection and 17pdr    
A37 Projected heavier version of A33 with 17pdr    
A38 Infantry Tank Valiant I and Valiant II 1944

Valiant I

Armour in Focus

A39 Tortoise Heavy Assault Tank 1946/7

A39 Tortoise

Armour in Focus

A40 Projected heavier version of A30    
A41 Cruiser Tank, Centurion with Polsten cannon  

Armour in Focus

Kiwis in Armour Centurions in New Zealand
A41* Centurion 1, Besa MG replacing Polsten cannon    
A41A Centurion 2    
A41S As A41 but with Sinclair SS Type 50 Powerflo transmission instead of Merritt Brown    
A41T Centurion 4    
A42 Churchill VII, A22F redesignated 1945    
A43 Black Prince 1945 Designed as a Super Churchill mounting a 17 pdr Black Prince was a very slow vehicle, fully tested, but never taken into service.
A44 Projected Comet with 17pdr and larger turret ring    
A45 (FV201) Centurion series Universal chassis. Became basis for Caernarvon/Conqueror  

Armour in Focus: Conqueror

A46 17.6 ton tank with 77mm gun. Basis for FV301.    
D3E1 Wheel-cum-track machine 1928 Classed as an armoured car, but listed here for interest. D3E1
D3E2 Wheel-cum-track machine 1928 Classed as an armoured car, but listed here for interest. See D3E1
L1E1 Amphibious Light Tank (=A4E11)    
L1E2 Amphibious Light Tank (=A4E12)    
L1E3 Amphibious Light tank    
L2E1 Light Tank Indian Pattern No. 1 (=A4E19)    
L2E2 Light Tank Indian Pattern No. 1 (=A4E20)    
L3E1 Light Tank Mk V    
L3E2 Light Tank Mk V, second pilot model    
L4E1 Experimental light tank to improve on Mk V    

 
 

WW1 - 1925
(pre-General Staff 'A' number designations)

1925 - 1945 non-a numbered (named only) vehicles

FV Numbers

Post WW2 vehicle with no FV number

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