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  1. Let's switch to small arms for a moment with a very special SMG which actually saw some combat during WW2 - the ZK-383 which is a particularly interesting weapon of a kind of its own... I have added some more info bellow which adds to what Ian said (most of his information is correct aside of mixing ČZ and ZB companies). It's a product of Zbrojovka Brno (ZB) designed by Josef Koucký in 1938. The weapon was first tested in September 1938 too late for being addopted by the Czechoslovak army and moreover at the time when MOD already addopted much cheaper and si
  2. It doesn't matter at all how the battle is called, what matters is the beating the Nazis suffered around there.
  3. This is also humble Nazi reporting... On 29th April 1945 Karl Körner from SS S.Pz.Abt 503 was awarded a Knight's cross for destruction of over 100 tanks in the past week including an encounter in which he claimed destruction of 39 tanks in matter of several minutes (that was supposed to be part of an encounter in which his platoon of three Königstigers allegedly destroyed 11 IS-2 and 120-150 T-34 at once, i.e. roughly 3 brigades destroyed with 3 tanks). Not John Rambo, not even Topper Harley could do this. With all seriousness the only person ever walking this Earth capable of so
  4. Man, millions and millions of automatic gearboxes in past eighty years all around the Globe have been equipped with torque converter. If you never heard about the most common coupling solution in automatic gearboxes, it means without any doubt that you have zero clue about transmissions and since differentials are rather difficult topic to grasp I think you shall not argue about them. Even what you just wrote is simply stupid.
  5. That tank at the back looks indeed like a Sherman M4A2(76)W. It could be a mistake in the report but the fuel consumption doesn't add up, it is way too high for a diesel tank, albeit 3 tons heavier than M4A4. As for the torque converter. When driving very slow and uphill it makes a great difference - that's one of the reasons why it exists in first place. In very slow speeds the torque converter works like a torque multiplier. That's not possible with the mechanical clutch and transmission. The reason is simple - when a clutch is engaged the engine RPM and the vehicle speed is bou
  6. Video compilation from the Military Historical Intitute related to the 1938. You can see a lot of shots mainly from 1938 including May partial and September full mobilization. You can see a lot of weapons such as tanks LT vz.35, tankettes Tč vz.33, Avia B-534, Avia/Fokker F-IX, Aero/Bloch MB-200 planes, light howitzers vz.30 and heavy ones vz.37, light field guns vz.17 and vz.30, AT guns vz.37, mountain guns vz.15, AA guns vz.22, heavy mortar vz.16, mortar vz.17, HMG vz.24, LMG vz.26, some fortifications and of course rifles vz.24 (Mauser). The troops use mainly helmets vz.30 but some still h
  7. Does anyone have Panzer Tracts No.9-3? This is alleged quote from there. It would be good know more info especially when that report was created.
  8. 27 degrees but most of the vehicles of that time were rated more. IMHO it has most to do with the vehicle mass and its ground pressure. The modern tanks are pretty bad in that regard. At least at that time I see a clear pattern of lighter vehgicles being better climbers. For example our pre-WW2 tanks were rated up to 45° (10,5 ton LT vz.35 and 16 ton ST vz.39).
  9. My three cents. Things are much more complicated than what can be conculed by looking at non-scaled pictures. Panther has higher engine output than Pershing. Panther has 4 tons higher weight than Pershing. Panther's transmission is subject to more shocks than that of Pershing (the torque converter combined with the planetary geabox must have eased the shocks in the transmission a lot). All points worse for panther but that's only the base factors. The main point IMHO is that Panther's final drive housing was designed very opened and thus weak (there is ve
  10. Partial replica of Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer Starr is now on display in the muzeum called "On the demarkation line" in Rokycany near Pilsen, Western Bohemia. It's built of a damaged original chassis found on a waste dump in 1994 (overall there are two more Hetzers in Czechia, both in Lešany muzeum, one of them is original makeshift combat vehicle without gun used by Prague insurgents, the other is a vehicle used by Czechoslovak army post-war). https://www.czdefence.cz/clanek/hetzer-starr-v-muzeu-na-demarkacni-linii Hetzer Starr was a simplified late-war variant of Hetzer with n
  11. Some time ago I stumbled uppon this. I knew there were secret comparison tests of LT vz.38 (aka Pz.35(t)) against T-26 held in Kubinka in the fall of 1938 but I didn't know that the Soviets built a variant of T-26 with a suspension copied from the LT vz.35 and wider tracks. Just like the comparison test the prototype T-26-5 (or T-26M) also showed that it was way faster in terrain than the one with the original Vickers suspension and narrow tracks, more reliable and less prone to loosing tracks (in the comparison test the original T-26 was basically unable to turn sharply on a slope higher than
  12. I doubt it is possible to compare slope driving tests between each other due to difference in soil composition, weather etc. M26 was rated to climb 27° gradient which isn't much but here the test states it was able to climb 35°, surprisingly more when usually it was less than the rating. Probably the conditions in the particular test were good (soil offering good traction mainly). I think that the value is very difficult to use for any comparison except for the situation when one has the tanks at the same time on the same place, unfortunately the article doesn't give values measure
  13. Just my guessing but it might be an average speed including necessary breaks while the pure average speed might be taken only from time spent driving.
  14. I thought more about the limitation in track width, however it is noit specified in the article whether standard or extended tracks were used on the Sherman.
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