The Mark II was a British medium tank developed and manufactured by Vickers, being in service with the British Royal Army between 1925 and 1939. By the time World War II broke out, it was already an outdated armored vehicle. Thus, it was not fielded by the British during the Battle of France in 1940 as it had already been succeeded by the Cruiser Mk I tank.
Replacing the Vickers Mark I, the Mk II had been introduced in late 1925. As its precesesor, it was built with riveted steel plates. It was fitted with a 47mm (QF-3-pounder), short-barreled gun, mounted in a fixed turret, and four 7.7mm Hotchkiss M1914 machine guns. It was lightly protected, with only 8mm-thick steel plate armor on the front and 6.5mm on the sides. The tank was powered by an Armstrong Siddeley, V8, gasoline engine, which delivered only 90 hp. It had a range of 195 km and a top speed of 22 km per hour.