The Australian Cruiser Tank


The book describes theĀ  tank-building industry in Australia during World War II, resulting in the development of the Australian Cruiser Tank. The project drew on expertise from various countries, particularly Britain and the United States. Although the project was cancelled in 1943, the Australian Cruiser Tank reached a high degree of success with regard to mobility, fire power and protection. The book provides evidence that the tank was considered better than those produced by our Allies. The cancellation of the project may have been due to geopolitical factors rather than to inadequacies in performance. The book also describes the role that the civilian sector played in the defence of Australia during the war.

  • Title: The Australian Cruiser Tank
  • Published by: Jabiru Publishing
  • Year of publishing: 2022
  • Book format: Paperback
  • Pages: 198
  • ISBN: 9780648889472

Jason Belgrave

Jason Belgrave was a member of the Australian Army from 1989 to 2014 and spent 12 years in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on the Leopard AS1 and Armoured Command Vehicles, followed by another 12 years in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps in the Repair Parts Store.

Jason also served overseas as part of Operation Catalyst in Baghdad in 2007 as part of the Force Level Logistics Asset Baghdad.

Jason has worked at the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum in Cairns since 2014. He can describe his job as a hobby as he is given the privilege of being able to drive all the running vehicles in the museum.