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  1. Now, we are all in agreement that the best tank the Germans built was the StuG III. But did you know that the Germans had other vehicles? It's true! You should talk about them here. Links you should click: Our Problem Child: Rossmum on the Panther tank Germany's White Elephant, a look at the Tiger tank in theory and practice Tiger II: A Royal Pain An overview of Germany's armour quality
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    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

    The obvious solution is to store the taller infantrymen horizontally.
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    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

    The Americans had addon armour developed for the M10 GMC. It was trialled but never deployed IIRC.
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    Scale Models Megathread

    Real tanks are prohibitively expensive, and pixel tanks can be ruined by idiotic pubbies and bad ping. Plastic tanks, on the other hand, are much more difficult to ruin. A Revell Pz 38(t) with its part gremlin commander. Italeri M4A1 Sherman with commander and three identical Tamiya infantrymen. The pinnacle of ergonomics, an RPM FT-17. Dragon IS-2 mod. 1944 ready to deliver 122 mm of socialism. Tamiya King Tiger with homemade Zimmerit. Plastic isn't the only material in a modeler's arsenal. With some styrofoam, garden wire, and modelling paste, this Zvezda T-26 covered in Dragon infantry comes to life. The shining star of my collection, an ICM T-35! Of course, these tanks are only a fraction of what I have loading my shelves, but this post is long enough as it is. Post whatever infantry, tanks, planes, ships, or whatever you have lying around here.
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    Documents for the Documents God

    Primary sources are a harsher mistress than heroin. Post your best docs, videos, and photos here! Make sure that your documents have good citations, photos have confirmed locations and dates (and are actually significant, we don't need millions of pictures of T-26 #550424). Use reliable hosting! Youtube, Picasa, or a government agency's hosting where you got them from in the first place. I will periodically update the OP with everything posted in the thread. Documents not strictly falling into "Allied" or "Axis" categories, or subcategories, will be sorted by country of origin. Allied British Empire and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) T-90S manual (Russian) T-72B Manual (Russian) T-64 1984 Manual (Russian) T-34 EARLY TANK SERVICE MANUAL 1976 US report on capabilities of and countermeasures to the ZSU-23-4 Shilka United States and Canada Ballistic Tests of Armor Materials (American penetration standards) MECHANISM OF ARMOR PENETRATION (Investigation of projectile shatter) THE PERFORMANCE OF SUB-CALIBER PROJECTILES COMPARED WITH THAT OF CONVENTIONAL TYPES Fragment Penetration Tests of Armor Principles of Armor Protection (Decapping plates research) Grooved Armor Plate Photographic Study of Impact of Ball and Armor Piercing Ammunition on Armor Plate Light Armor Plate Development Test of Laminated Thin Armor Plate Metallurgical Examination of Samples Representing Ninety-Six Two Inch Thick Ballistic Test Plates Welding of Armor: Summary of Ballistic Shock Test Results on 1-1/2 Inch Homogeneous Armor 'H' Plates Welded with Austenitic Electrodes and Tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground Armor. Metallurgical Examination of Cast Turret Number 757 for M4 Tank, Manufactured by Union Steel Castings Co., Ballistically Tested at Subzero Temperatures at Camp Shilo Historical Review of the Correlation of Ballistic and Metallurgical Characteristics of Domestic Armor at Watertown Arsenal Metallurgical Examination of 2 Inch, 2-1/2 Inch, and 3 Inch Rolled Homogeneous Armor Employed in the Ballistic Evaluation of Armor against 57 mm and 90 mm Armor-Piercing Projectiles Resistance of Various Steels to Perforation by Fragment Simulating Projectiles Metallurgical Examination of Sections from the Cast Armor Turret made by Continental Foundry and Machine Company and two Trunnion Pins from a Heavy Tank M6A2E1 Comparative Effectiveness of Armor-Defeating Ammunition (Normalization and penetration) Armor Plate Ballistic Testing Metallurgical Examination of Section from 6 in. Experimental M4A3E2 Assault Turret Manufactured by Union Steel Castings Division of Blaw-Knox Company Metallurgical Evaluation of a Method of Anti-Personnel Defense for the Medium Tank M4A1 Metallurgical Examination of Twelve 2 1/2 Inch Thick Rolled Homogeneous and Sixteen 2 1/2 Inch Thick Face Hardened Armor Plates Manufactured by Carnegie-Illinois Steel Penetration of Homogeneous Armor by 3-inch Flat-Nosed Projectiles Comparative Effectiveness of Armor-Defeating Ammunition THE EFFECT OF SYSTEM DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS ON FIRST ROUND HITTING PROBABILITY OF TANK FIRED PROJECTILES Handbook of Ballistic and Engineering Data for Ammunition. Volume 1. 20-1-95 to 75-1-310 Included Test of 105mm Shot, T182 Development of 90mm Gun Tank, T69 SOLID STEEL AP PROJECTILES. CONVENTIONAL, TRUNCATED AND TIPPED TRUNCATED OGIVAL TYPES History of the Subcommittee on Welding of Armor Ferrous Metallurgical Advisory Board Ordnance Department U.S. Army Welding of Armor. Summary of Ballistic Shock Test Results on 1/2, 3/8, and 1/4 Inch Thick Homogeneous Armor 'H' Plates Welded with Austenitic Electrodes and Tested at Aberdeen Proving Ground during the Period from 1 October 1942 through 31 March 1943 REVISED SUMMARY OF ORO PROJECTS, SPECIAL STUDIES AND FIELD OPERATIONS TO MAY 31, 1952. VOLUME 1 CONTROL OF GUN FUMES IN M-4 SERIES MEDIUM TANKS ADEQUATE HEAD ROOM IN TANKS APPRAISAL OF KIND AND DEGREE OF PHYSICAL EFFORT REQUIRED OF TANK CREWS IN RELATION TO FATIGUE Heavy Tank T26E1 Metallurgical Examination of Components which Failed Under Ballistic Tests Comparison Test of Tank, Combat, Full-Tracked, 105-mm Gun, M60A1 STUDY OF ERRORS IN RANGE ESTIMATION WITH THE UNAIDED EYE Evaluation of American telescopic tank sights DETERMINATION OF THE AMOUNT OF HEAT TRANSMITTED TO THE FIGHTING COMPARTMENT OF TANKS UNDER FIELD CONDITIONS CONTROL OF GUN FUMES IN M4 SERIES MEDIUM TANKS BY POSITIVE-PRESSURE VENTILATION REPORT ON GUN FUME HAZARD FROM 37MM GUN IN M5 LIGHT TANK DETERMINATION OF BASIC VENTILATION CHARACTERISTICS OF TANKS OF THE M4 SERIES. DETERMINATION OF BASIC VENTILATION CHARACTERISTICS OF TANKS OF THE M5 SERIES PLACEMENT AND MOUNTING OF SIGHTS IN TANKS DISCUSSION OF VENTILATION REQUIREMENTS OF ARMORED VEHICLES Work on Sabot-Projectiles and Supplements, 1942-1944 M4A3 Manual M103 armour requirements US Armor in Korea, pt. 1 US Armor in Korea, pt. 2 XM1 Engine Troubles Analysis of the effectiveness of American tank destroyers US testing of MTU MT883 Diesel engine for possible use in M1 Abrams Development of 105mm HEAT round T-384 (US) Human factors and safety assessment of the M1A1 Abrams Alternate armament for M551 Anti-Armor Defense Data Study (A2D2) ‘How to Research’ Guide Anti-Armor Defense Data Study (A2D2). Technical Report Anti-Armor Defense Data Study (A2D2). Volume 2. U.S. Anti-Tank Defense at Mortain, France (August, 1944) Anti-Armor Defense Data Study (A2D2). Volume 3. U.S. Anti-Tank Defense at Dom Butgenbach, Belgium (December, 1944) Anti-Armor Defense Data Study (A2D2). Volume 4. US Anti-Tank Defense at Krinkelt-Rocherath, Belgium (December, 1944) Evaluation of Siliceous Cored Armor for the XM60 Tank INVESTIGATION OF THE VULNERABILITY TO BALLISTIC ATTACK OF TWO T77 OSCILLATING TURRETS War Metallurgy Protection provided by steel and aluminum armor against fragments from high-explosive ammunition 3" M62 AP ammunition trials United States Ammunition Data Sheets An Overview of Novel Penetrator Technology Medium caliber ammunition effect on urban targets M36 Crew Training Manual 90mm M3 Armor Piercing Ammunition M4 (105) Training Manual M1A1/M1A2 TUSK 1/2 Manual Technical Manual for M6 and M6A1 heavy tanks Canadian war diaries of the Normandy campaign Other Swiss Anti-Tank Guns (in German) Penetrator strength effect in long-rod critical ricochet angle AMX-13 prototype trials at Aberdeen 12cm kanon STRV 121/122. Skjuttabeller Renault FT-17 manual Axis Germany Armor: Metallurgical Examination of Armor and Welded Joints from the Side of a German PzKw Vf (Panther) Tank Metallurgical Examination of a 3-1/4 in. Thick Armor Plate from a German PzKw V (Panther) Tank Armor Plate. Metallurgical Examination of German Armor from a Pz. Kw. III Tank Principles of Armor Protection (ballistic testing of scale Pak 40 shells) Interrogation of Herr Stiele von Heydekampf (On Porsche's designs, Tiger/Panther development, T-34's influence on German tank development, and long term trends in German tank building) Pantherfibel.pdf German tank production, availability, and losses in WWII Leitchttraktor manual British analysis of King Tiger turret (Porsche) Vulnerability of Tiger Tanks Tiger Operations Handbook: Tigerfibel Japan The Metallurgical Examination of a Japanese Samurai Sword Japanese light armour (part 1) Japanese light armour (part 2) Japanese heavy armour Italy Other North Korea country handbook It's sparse for now, but I'll slowly but surely transfer my collection. Contribute all you got!
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    The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    75 mm gun with a cast hull, but a travel clamp in the front? If I'm not mistaken, that's a Grizzly!
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    Woah, those photos look amazing! Most of the ones I see have been taken with the contrast cranked all the way up and are completely unusable
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    LAC's slides look like ass. Here's an image of a prospective Canadian squeezebore weapon, and this is after I cleaned it up.
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    The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    Ooh, very interesting photograph. Do you have other results from that test?
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    I'll see if they have any Ram or Grizzly books the next time I'm there. I don't think they do, otherwise I would have bought them.
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    My local model store has a pretty good selection of them, I can always go check it out
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    Also hmm, 47,000 lbs seems like way less than a combat loaded Sexton. A fully loaded one weighed 57,000 lbs in the synthetic tire trials.
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    Which book, Canada's Pride or one of the minor ones?
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    I'm actually doing some research on the Sexton right now, and the suspension and running gear are a sore point, specifically synthetic tires. They seem to do a lot better in some conditions, but a lot worse in others. The Sexton also used the Lee style bogeys for a lot longer since it was lighter than the Sherman.
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    Yes, the armour thickness changed, and also the casting was variable thickness anyway. I like how people confuse the Grizzly and the Ram and write that the Grizzly had 3 inches of front armour. So many books falsely state that the Grizzly was called M4A5, I think the confusion stems from there. @whelm I write quite a lot about the Ram on Russian sites, may I post the image you cleaned up? I will credit you under whatever name you provide.
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    The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    Two weeks with the Navy did more damage than 70 years underwater
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    The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    The English equivalent of this meme would be "this is your Sherman on drugs/in prison"
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    Interesting photo, I didn't know that the M6 had a similar device fitted.
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    8:03 shows a neat item, a gun sight added to the machinegun cupola. Before that, the idea was that you would just walk the machinegun onto its target with tracers, which turned out to not really work at all.
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    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    It has the side doors indicative of an early vehicle. Those tanks were commonly converted into engineering vehicles because the extra hatches were very useful in this role, but detrimental to combat vehicles.
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    Yup, that's the 2" bomb thrower. I think it got eliminated at some point. The Ordnance QF 75 mm had a muzzle brake, so I don't think that's it. That also seems to be a Ram I turret. Do you have this photo in a bigger resolution?
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    Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread

    The best British tank is a Canadian tank. http://footage.framepool.com/en/shot/945602483-clarence-decatur-howe-james-ralston-turrets-military-equipment-canadian-soldier
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    Scale Models Megathread

    Ideologically acceptable diorama complete. All photos
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    Scale Models Megathread

    Basically done my latest work. Also test driving the new photo setup.
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