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The Universal Carrier 2-pdr is a British tier 2 tank destroyer.

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The Universal Carrier was the main armored personnel carrier used by the British Commonwealth forces. A total of 90,000 vehicles were produced from 1937 through 1945. In 1940, a variant with a 40-mm anti-tank gun was developed and modified into an SPG. In addition, the 40-mm guns were mounted on the C21UCG vehicles produced in Canada.

The UC 2-pdr has the second best top speed among the 2 Tank Destroyers (after the T3 HMC), making it easy to relocate and find cover quickly. Like all British low-tier tanks, it suffers from poor armor which refuses to bounce shots from even the weakest weapons in the game. Staying hidden is essential. The 6-pdr gun is quite powerful and can two-shot many Tier 2s, though it has lower penetration than the stock gun. The UC 2-pdr has no trouble penetrating Tier 2 enemies and only the toughest Tier 3s can withstand its gun. It also has fairly good view range which allows it to spot for itself and teammates. The very wide gun arc allows the UC 2-pdr to fire without needing to move its hull which makes it even harder to detect.

The Universal Carrier 2-pdr leads to the Valentine AT.

Player Opinion[]

Pros and Cons[]

Pros:[]
  • LEGENDARY penetration, accuracy, damage, and rate of fire
  • Great mobility and speed
  • Very wide gun arc
  • Good view range
  • Small size and great camouflage
Cons:[]
  • Paper-thin armor
  • Open cabin makes it vulnerable to HE shells and can not use a ventilation system
  • Relatively poor signal range
  • 6-pdr guns have poor accuracy and aim time

Performance[]

The UC 2-pdr is the first tank destroyer available in the British line. The only main weakness of this TD is armor which cannot bounce anything, and open-cabin which is very vulnerable to HE shells. The small size and very wide gun arc make the UC 2-pdr difficult to detect and deadly in an ambush. It is quite mobile, and has a superior gun to most tanks at its tier. So long as you make an effort not to be seen, you will find this tank has the ability to kill anything it can see- an excellent Top Gun farmer for tier 1-3 tanks, when used in the hands of an experienced player.

Be aware the only other British TD in this line with a similar playstyle is the Alecto. Do not place your opinion of future British TDs with this tank alone.

Early Research[]

  • Radio can be fitted without upgrading the suspension
  • Research the suspension
  • Upgrading the engine is a good decision, as it helps to improve your good mobility even further
  • Make sure to research the top gun, as it has high DPM
  • Go from there

Historical Info[]

The Universal Carrier, also known as the Bren Gun Carrier is a common name describing a family of light armoured tracked vehicles built by Vickers-Armstrong. Produced between 1934 and 1960, the vehicle was used widely by British Commonwealth forces during the Second World War. Universal Carriers were usually used for transporting personnel and equipment, mostly support weapons, or as machine gun platforms. With some 113,000 built in the United Kingdom and abroad, it was the most produced armoured fighting vehicle in history.

The Carrier, Anti-tank, 2-pdr, or Carrier 2-pdr Tank Attack was a heavily modified and lengthened LP2 carrier with a fully traversable QF 2 pounder anti-tank gun mounted on a platform at the rear and the engine moved to the front left of the vehicle. Stowage was provided for 112 rounds of 2pdr ammunition. 200 were produced and used for training.

Development history[]

The origins of the Universal Carrier family can be traced back generally to the Carden Loyd tankettes family which was developed in the 1920s, and specifically the Mk VI tankette. In 1934 Vickers Armstrong produced, as a commercial venture, a light tracked vehicle that could be used either to carry a machine gun or to tow a light field gun. The VA.D50 had an armoured box at the front for driver and a gunner and bench seating at the back for the gun crew. It was considered by the War Office as a possible replacement for their "Dragon" artillery tractors and took 69 as the "Light Dragon Mark III". One was built as the "Carrier, Machine-Gun Experimental (Armoured)" carrying a machine gun and its crew. The decision was made to drop the machine gun and its team and the next design had a crew of three – driver and gunner in the front, third crew-member on the left in the rear and the right rear open for stowage. A small number of this design as "Carrier, Machine-Gun No 1 Mark 1" were built and entered service in 1936. Some were converted into pilot models for the Machine gun Carrier, Cavalry Carrier and Scout Carrier – the others were used for training.

The carrier put the driver and commander at the front sitting side-by-side; the driver to the right. The engine was in the centre of the vehicle with the final drive at the rear. The suspension was a mixture of the Vickers light tank and Horstmann springs Directional control was through a (vertical) steering wheel. Small turns moved the front road wheel assembly warping the track so the vehicle drifted to that side. Further movement of the wheel braked the appropriate track to give a turn. The hull in front of the commander's position jutted forward to give room for the Bren gun (or other armament) to fire through a simple slit. To either side of the engine were two areas in which passengers could ride or stores be carried. Initially, there were several different types of Carrier that varied slightly in design according to their purpose: "Medium Machine Gun Carrier" (the Vickers machine gun), "Bren Gun Carrier", "Scout Carrier" and "Cavalry Carrier". However, production of a single model came to be preferred and the Universal design appeared in 1940; this was the most widely produced of the Carriers. It differed from the previous models in having a rectangular body shape in rear section, with more space for crew.

Production history[]

Production of Carriers began in 1934 and it ended in 1960. Before the Universal design was introduced, the vehicles were produced by Aveling and Porter, Bedford Vehicles, the British branch of the Ford Motor Company, Morris Motors Limited, the Sentinel Waggon Works, and the Thornycroft company. With the introduction of the Universal, production in the UK was undertaken by Aveling-Barford, Ford, Sentinel, Thornycroft, and Wolseley Motors. By 1945 production amounted to approximately 57,000 of all models, including some 2,400 early ones. The Ford Motor Company of Canada manufactured about 29,000 of the Universal Carriers. Smaller numbers of them were also produced in Australia (about 5,000), where hulls were made in several places in Victoria and by South Australian Railways workshops in Adelaide, South Australia. About 1,300 were also produced in New Zealand.

Combat history[]

The Reconnaissance Corps regiments – which replaced the cavalry regiments in supporting Infantry divisions after 1940 – were each equipped with 63 carriers along with 28 Humber Scout cars. Universal Carriers were issued to the Support companies in infantry rifle battalions for carrying support weapons (initially 10, 21 by 1941, and up to 33 per battalion by 1943). A British armoured division of 1940–41 had 109 carriers in total; each motor battalion had 44. Artillery units used them as an artillery tractor for the Ordnance QF 6 pounder anti-tank gun. The British Carrier Platoon originally had ten Universal Carriers with three Carrier Sections of three Universal Carriers each plus another Universal Carrier in the platoon HQ. Each Universal Carrier had a NCO, a rifleman and a driver/mechanic. One Universal Carrier in each section was commanded by a sergeant and the other two by corporals.

All the Universal Carriers were armed with a Bren light machine gun and one Carrier in each Carrier Section also had a Boys anti-tank rifle. By 1941 the Carrier platoon increased in strength to contain four Carrier sections and one Carrier in the Carrier sections also carried a 2-inch mortar. By 1943 each Universal Carrier now had a crew of four, an NCO, driver/mechanic and two riflemen. The Boys anti-tank rifle was also replaced by the PIAT anti-tank weapon. The Universal Carrier's weapons could be fired from in or outside of the Carrier. A Carrier platoon had a higher number of light support weapons than a rifle company.

The Carrier, Anti-tank, 2-pdr, or Carrier 2-pdr Tank Attack was a heavily modified and lengthened LP2 carrier with a fully traversable QF 2 pounder anti-tank gun mounted on a platform at the rear and the engine moved to the front left of the vehicle. Stowage was provided for 112 rounds of 2pdr ammunition. 200 were produced and used for training.

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