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I think there was a calculation of how much armor for protection of 1 tanker would weight, and result was about 11 tons. Basically a 4 man tank can't be lighter than ~40 tons without compromising protection (classical layout, ~current level of tech).

 

Makes me wonder why the US kept the loader's position in their early prototype autoloaders instead of increasing the drum/magazine capacity.

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The Belgian T-13 Tank-hunter

 

Curious German soldiers from the 251. ID, inspect an abandoned Belgian T-13 B3 tank-hunter. The vehicle, from the 8éme Compagnie of the 2ème Régiment de Cyclistes, was commanded by Sergeant Edmond Jacob, who, for unknown reasons, abandoned it in the yard of M. Mathieu’s house in Moulin-du-Ruy, north of Trois-Ponts. Photo probably shot on May 11, 1940.

 

At the beginning of ‘Fall Gelb’, the small Belgian armoured force consisted of around 270 light tanks/tank hunters distributed between infantry, cavalry and border units. Each Infantry division had a complement of 12 T-13 light tanks, the two cavalry divisions had 18 T-13s each and a similar number of T-15 light tanks (armed with a 13.2mm Hotchkiss MG). The 1ère Division de Chasseur Ardennais had a complement of 48 T-13s. There were also 8 Renault ACG-1s which equipped one Escadron d’Auto-Blindées.

 

Although packing some very reasonable firepower in the form of a Belgian 47mm Model 1931 anti-tank gun, the T-13 was poorly armoured and thus vulnerable, even to the Panzer II’s 20 mm gun. Too few and too spread out, the Belgian T-13s had little impact on the battlefield.

 

 

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