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Month: June 2013

Stolen AFV Rampage

As a continuation of my Doing Stupid Things With Tanks post, comes the following post on stolen AFV rampage. On May 18, 1995, Shawn Nelson stole an M60A3 Patton tank from the military and went on a rampage through San Diego California before being shot and killed by police (“Shawn Nelson.”). In 2007, John Paterson went on a rampage in Sydney Australia in a AFV destroying nine cellular towers he believed were causing health problems (“John Patterson: From Loony Tank-Weilder to Anti-Radiation Crusader?.”). The following video covers both incidents; it has Swedish subtitles and the narrator mistakenly refers to the tank as an M6:

Works Cited:
1. “Shawn Nelson.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 3 Jun 2013. Web. 22 Jun 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Nelson>.
2. “John Patterson: From Loony Tank-Weilder to Anti-Radiation Crusader?.” Depleted Cranium: The Bad Science Blog. N.p., 20 Mar 2012. Web. 22 Jun 2013. <http://depletedcranium.com/john-patterson-from-loony-tank-weilder-to-anti-radiation-crusader/>.

The SU-100Y Tank Destroyer

This post focuses on the self-propelled guns developed from the T-100 project; with a focus on the SU-100Y.

The SU-100Y at the  Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia.

The SU-100Y at the Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia.

A profile view showing the T-100X (SU-100X), SU-100Y, and Object 103 (Obyekt 103).

A profile view showing the T-100X (SU-100X), SU-100Y, and Object 103 (Obyekt 103). This image mistakenly notes the SU-100Y as being used during the Winter War; this image courtesy of juniourgeneral.org.

Based on the T-100  (“SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.”), a prototype tank design which began it’s life sometime between 1938 and 1939 (“T-100 tank.”), the SU-100Y was a prototype tank destroyer. Development began in 1939 with the Winter War already being fought between the Soviet Union and Finland (“SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.”). The T-100 and the SU-100Y both only made it to the prototype stage; with the T-100 seeing action during the Winter War (“T-100 tank.”) and the SU-100Y serving during the defense of Moscow (“SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.”). Initial design requirements for the what would end up being the SU-100Y included the vehicle having qualities of a bridge laying, explosives transport, and tank recovery unit (“SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.”) . Although the T-100 had effectively been passed in favor of the KV given the poor performance of the T-100 and the SMK (a competitor to the T-100) during the war in Finland; work continued on existing proposals to enhance both (Zaloga and Grandsen 118). A request by Kirill Afanasievich Meretskov, commander of the Soviet 7th Army in Finland was made to use a larger gun on the heavy tanks to be used against bunkers and anti-tank obstacles among other things (Zaloga and Grandsen 118). A 152mm cannon was suggested however this was dropped in favor of using a 100mm or 130mm cannon (“SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.”). The initial design was given the designation T-100X and was accepted on January 8, 1940. The T-100X fielded a 130 mm Naval Gun B-13 as it’s main armament and used a torsion bar suspension. A redesign modifying the fighting compartment to reduce manufacturing times resulted in the SU-100Y (or T-100Y) (Potapov). Production of the prototype began on March 1, 1940 with the factory having received the hull (Potapov), and testing began on the 14th of the same month (“SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.”); this SU-100Y was actually built from a rebuilt T-100 prototype (Zaloga and Grandsen 118). In April 1940 a proposal for another T-100 based vehicle was made; this one called Object 103 (Obyekt 103) and featured a 130 mm Naval Gun B-13 as it’s main armament in a rotating turret along with three 7.62mm machine guns (“SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.”). Object 103 never went beyond the drawing board. Although the SU-100Y has the appearance and characteristics of a tank destroyer, it is sometimes referred to as a self-propelled gun; in fact, during the defense of Moscow it served with an Independent Artillery Division for Special Duties (“SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.”).

The SU-100Y is available as a premium tank (for purchase) in the Video Game World of Tanks.

The SU-100Y as seen from the tech screen in World of Tanks.

The SU-100Y as seen from the tech screen in World of Tanks.

Works Cited:

1. “SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 24 Apr 2013. Web. 12 Jun 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-100Y_Self-Propelled_Gun>.

2. “T-100 tank.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 5 Jun 2013. Web. 12 Jun 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-100_tank>.

3. “SU-100Y.” World of Tanks. Wargaming.net, 12 Jun 2013. Web. 15 Jun 2013. <http://wiki.worldoftanks.com/SU-100Y>.

4. Potapov, Valeri. “SU-100Y Self-Propelled Gun.” The Russian Battlefield. N.p., 18 Sep 2011. Web. 15 Jun 2013. <http://english.battlefield.ru/su-100y.html>.

5. Zaloga , Steven J., and James Grandsen. Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War Two. Arms and Armour Press, 1984. 118. Print.

World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition in Bound

World of Tanks

With E3 2013 in full swing, Wargaming.net announced the Xbox 360 edition of World of Tanks; click here to read more. They have begun accepting applications for the beta. On a related but off topic (AFV) subject, Wargaming.net has also given a date for the open beta phase for World of Warplanes; July 2nd, 2013.

Video Games: World of Tanks

In the first of what I hope will be many posts focusing on Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) in video games, is a post on World of Tanks (WoT). Originally published in 2008 by the Belarusian company Wargaming.net in Russia, WoT is an massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) focusing primarily on AFVs; currently this includes over 200 vehicles categorized as tanks, self-propelled guns (SPGs), and tank destroyers (TD, self-propelled anti tank units) from the early 20th century to the mid-20th century. WoT utilizes a freemium business model in which the core game is available for free with additional features available for a physical cost. WoT is currently only a PC game; however it is available the world over. Vehicles in the game currently represent AFVs from the United States, Soviet Union, France, Germany, China, and the United Kingdom. WoT is updated incrementally with changes in each release potentially including any of the following: new vehicles, new maps, game mechanic changes, patches, and graphical enhancements. Wargaming.net employs numerous AFV enthusiasts and the game reflects this; with an emphasis on historically accurate vehicle representations. At the moment general battles in game are divided between two 15-player teams with a goal of either destroying the enemy team or capturing the enemy base.  As players play the game they earn vehicle specific experience and credits. With the vehicle specific experience allowing for access to vehicle specific upgrades such as suspension, radio, engine, turret, and main gun changes as well as research upgrades allowing accessing to new vehicles; these upgrades in turn can be purchased using the credits acquired through battle. The game has an arcade style of game play which is to say it is easy and straight forward to start playing; in game views include first and third person along with a map view for SPGs. In game vehicles include not only production AFVs but also vehicles that never made it to production.

Pros

  1. Over 200 vehicles and counting; this includes production models as well as those that never left the prototype or drawing board stage.

    A Tiger tank as viewed from a players garage.

    A Tiger tank as viewed from a players garage.

  2. Easy to play
  3. Free to play

Cons

  1. Players start out with access to vehicles circa the First World War; this can be off-putting to someone looking to jump right into their favorite which may not be available until farther into the game.
  2. ‘Wallet Warriors’: World of Tanks offers premium vehicles for cash which earn more credits in game and cost less to maintain; some players are offended by the existence of ‘Wallet Warriors’ who have an advantage during the grind (ranking up for a vehicle).
  3. Difficult to Play – a contradiction to the above pro, some people find the game has a steep learning curve; in the past this was an issue when in game tutorials were lacking in quality and quantity.

Treasures From the Deep

Uncommon sight? You might think it would be uncommon to see an AFV pulled from a lake or other body of water, a bog, or even a muddy area; but it is fairly common. The following videos reflect just that; tanks that were lost but are now found again:

A Soviet BT-5:

A German Stug III:

A German Stug 40:

A British Valentine used by the Soviets through the Lend-Lease program:

A Soviet T-34:

Another Soviet T-34, this one with German markings:

A Soviet T-70:

A German Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer:

A Soviet KV-1:

Another Soviet KV-1:

A Soviet T-60:

A German Panzer III:

A US Sherman M4A2; I believe a Soviet copy given under the terms of the Lend-Lease program:

A Soviet BT-7:

M60s On Avalanche Duty

This video shows two M60 tanks which are used by the Washington State Department of Transportation to cause Avalanches as a preventativce measure. Very interesting indead!

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