Christie Tank Suspension System: World War II

The M1931 Christie tank was designed by J. Walter Christie, an American engineer who created some innovative tank designs. Christie invented the Christie suspension system, which allowed tanks to have a low center of gravity and a low silhouette and gave them the ability to move at high speeds. The Christie tank suspension system utilized a convertible drive. This means that the tracks could be removed when the tank was [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:12:37+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

AMX 40 French Light Tank: World War II

By the time the first Somua S35 tanks were rolling off the assembly lines, the French high military staff already started thinking about their replacements. By the end of 1936, French Army issued new demands for the future cavalry tank. Even if they wanted to, there was no way the designers could rework the Somua S35 to fit those requirements. Even the Somua S40 had 5 km/h lower speed [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:15:53+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

BT-5, BT-7 Russian Light Tank: World War II

The BT series of Soviet "Fast Tanks" was born out of a John Walter Christie design in the early 1930s featuring an American suspension system and engine. The initial Soviet influences produced the 37mm-armed BT-2 out of the original Christie BT-1 with the BT-3 following based on metric measurements as opposed to Imperial. The BT-4 proved just three prototype examples with welded hulls and revised suspension systems. In 1933, [...]

By | 2017-11-06T10:33:01+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hotchkiss H35 H39 French Light Tank: World War II

Article originally published on Tanks Encyclopedia: http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ Author: David Bocquelet Renault and Schneider had been long time providers in the French tank industry. Hotchkiss, founded in 1875 near St Denis (Paris) by Benjamin B. Hotchkiss, an American engineer, was a newcomer in this field, although already well known by the army for its world-famous machine-guns, cars and transmissions. At first, the Hotchkiss H35 was a private design answering a 1926 [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:24:44+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fiat Tank Carro Armato L6/40: World War II

The Fiat tank L6/40 arose from a 1936 demand for a heavier vehicle than the L3 series of tankettes produced by Fiat-Ansaldo of Turin, Italy in the early 1930s. As the L3 had performed satisfactorily in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) during 1935-1936 and demonstrated that tanks could be employed in mountainous terrain, the new vehicle was designed primarily as a scaled up version of Fiat's CV (Carro Veloce, or Fast Tank) [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:31:21+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

IS Tank: Soviet Army Heavy Tank World War II

The Soviet Army need for ever-more formidable tracked firepower came to the forefront after losses of much territory to the invading Germans in the summer of 1941. The stout KV (Kliment Voroshilov) heavy tank series (KV-1 and KV-2) proved adequate but only an extent for they lacked the necessary battlefield mobility of the fabled T-34 medium tank series while utilizing similar weaponry. The KV-1 was more of a tank-killer [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:51:10+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: German Tank Destroyer Nashorn

In September 1939, Germany Army lacked any dedicated tank destroyer. First tank destroyer to enter service in 1940, was a lightly armed Panzerjager I, followed Stug III assault gun (not a dedicated tank destroyer, but used as one). Following the growing need for tank destroyers as the war with the Soviet Union progressed, Marder series of tank destroyers entered service as well as Stug III tank destroyer. Both Stug [...]

By | 2017-10-30T08:37:10+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: Russian ww2 Tanks T-26

ww2 Tanks such as T-26 light tanks were developed by the OKMO of Bolshevik Factory in Leningrad, Russia based on the British firm Vickers-Armstrongs' Mk.E 6-ton light tank design, purchased by Russia in 1930. Production began on 26 Jan 1931, and the first examples entered service on 13 Feb. As time went on in the 1930s, the T-26 design slowly grew apart from the original British design. In 1931, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:33:40+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: British Infantry Tank Matilda II

The Matilda British Infantry Tank Mk II (A12) was the most capable British tank of 1940 but was slow to produce, could only carry a 2pdr gun, and was thus soon obsolete. Despite this, it remained in active service with the Australians in the Pacific and was the only British tank designed before the outbreak of war that was still in use on the front line at the end of the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:50:55+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: Japans Tank Type 3 Chi-Nu

Article originally published on Tanks Encyclopedia: http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/  Author: David Bocquelet Called the 三式中戦車 チヌ San-Shiki chusensha Chi-nu, this new model was devised as early as 1943, when it became apparent that even the high-velocity 45 mm (1.77 in) gun on the Type 97 Chi-Ha Shinhoto would not be enough against the Sherman’s frontal armor. The Type 1 Chi-He, also based on the Type 97 Shinhoto, was quite an improvement [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:58:57+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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