Section 3. FIRE RISK Page 10

16.Were the fuel fires of immediate intensity? The fire from the fuel is instantaneous and terrible. It is more than lucky to save three of the crew - usually 2, and sometimes only one.
17. What is the crews' view of fire risks?

Do they ask for any further protection?
Higher than anyone else if hit, and less chance of getting out owing to instantaneous tremendous heat, but in normal assaults should have R.A. and tank support to a greater extent. Casualties about 160 - 180, not unduly high for 5 months fighting. Accepted philosophically, not mentioned much; does not affect their courage and dash.

No, but we considered extra armour for protection against Bazookas - this only requires relatively thin armour and an air space.
A sloping glacis plate on the Churchill Mk.VII would have saved, say 4 - 6 tanks and about 8 - 12 lives.
18.Would the dead man switch have proved effective. Discussed this and would like further information as to exactly how it will operate.
All tank crews very much in favour.

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