Earlier this month there was a great video on Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch, the tank being reviewed was the IS-4. Definitely worth the watch:
Month: October 2013 (Page 1 of 3)
In 1943 the Soviets began developing the SU-85 in response to German armour seen in 1942 such as the Tiger tank as well as armour understood to be in development at the time. Although several options were explored, the SU-85 was one of the results. The SU-85 was a typical Self-propelled Anti-Tank Gun; with a D-5T 85 mm antitank gun mounted in the superstructure with limited traverse. During the Second World War the Germans would capture weapons from numerous nations including the Russians; the SU-85 was no exception and like other captured stock the Germans pressed it into service with the designation Jagdpanzer SU-85(r) (JagdPz-85(r)). The below pictures reflect captured SU-85s in German service.
1. “SU-85.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 2 Aug 2013. Web. 29 Oct 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-85>.
Welcome to Bikini Monday, 10/28/2013, Coco Austin edition:
In 1943 at the request of the Railway Engineer Branch (Pionier- und Eisenbahnpionier-AbteilungEngineer ) or WaPrüf 5 (Waffenprüfämter 5), the company Lauster in Stuttgart built a vehicle intended to tow German armoured vehicles. The vehicle possessed a unique design comparable to the minesweeper, Raumer S, created by Krupp; like that vehicle, the Wargel LW-5 was effectively two units connected at the midsection each possessing a motor with the whole of the vehicle moved on four large wheels. The Wargel LW-5 was powered by Maybach HL 108 TUKRM engines each generating 235 hp allowing the 36 ton vehicle to pull up to 53 tons. The choice of the large spiked wheels was intended to enhance the vehicles traction on difficult terrain. Although the vehicle was thoroughly tested with satisfactory results, it did not pass the prototype stage. Tests of the vehicle included the use of a spade for digging trenches. Like the Raumer S, the vehicles slow and awkward movements were seen as a significant problem which likely was the reason the idea was passed.
Length: 12.4 m
Height: 3 m
Width: 3.56 m
Maximum speed: 30 km/h
1. Arndt, Rob. “LAUSTER WARGEL LW-5.” STRANGE VEHICLES OF PRE-WAR GERMANY & THE THIRD REICH (1928-1945). N.p.. Web. 27 Oct 2013. <http://strangevehicles.greyfalcon.us/Lauster.htm>.
2. “Waffenamt.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 28 Feb 2013. Web. 27 Oct 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffenamt>.
3. “Lauster Wargel LW 5.” Kfz. der Wehrmacht. N.p.. Web. 27 Oct 2013. <http://www.kfzderwehrmacht.de/Homepage_english/Motor_Vehicles/Germany/Lauster/Lauster_Wargel_LW_5/body_lauster_wargel_lw_5.html>.
The Raumer S (Selbstrantrieb) was a heavily armoured minesweeper developed and built by Krupp for Germany during the Second World War. Weighing over 130 tons, this behemoth was effectively two sections articulated in the center, and moved by massive steel wheels that were 2.7 m in diameter. The vehicle was 15 m long and 4 m high. The track widths differed between the front and rear to encourage a wider sweep path. Each section of the Raumer S was powered by a Mayback HL90 engine generating 360 hp and 3600 rpm. Although armaments were not placed on the prototype which was created, there were plans to mount 7.92mm MG-42 machine guns for both anti-personnel and anti-aircraft roles. At the end of the war the existing Raumer S prototype was captured by the US Military; although what happened after it’s capture is unknown.
1. “Krupp Raumer S Selbstrantrieb.” Achtung Panzer!. N.p.. Web. 26 Oct 2013. <http://www.achtungpanzer.com/krupp-raumer-s-selbstrantrieb.htm>.
2. “German Mine clearer.” WWII In Color. N.p.. Web. 27 Oct 2013. <http://www.ww2incolor.com/german-armor/ww2 photos 082.html>.
3. “Raumer-130 Ton Minesweeper.” AMi Right Making Fun of Music, One Song At a Time. Since The Year 2000.. N.p.. Web. 27 Oct 2013. <http://www.amiright.com/parody/60s/unknown6.shtml>.
Germany’s Minenräumer (Vs.Kfz. 617) was a prototype armoured vehicle designed jointly by Krupp, Daimler-Benz and Alkett and built by Alkett; the purpose of the vehicle was clearing mine fields. Although the vehicle never went to production, the prototype survives and is on display at the Kubinka tank museum in Russia. The vehicle was designed to be capable of moving through a mine field impervious to the damage that might otherwise be caused to other AFVs; this of course led to the vehicle being extremely heavy and slow which was a major factor in the project being abandoned. The vehicle was armed with twin 7.92 mm MG-34 machine guns mounted in either a Panzer 1 Ausf. A or Ausf. B turret. The vehicle was protected by between 10 and 40 mm of armour.
1. Arndt, Rob. “ALKETT VsKfz 617 MINENRÄUMER (1942-1945).” STRANGE VEHICLES OF PRE-WAR GERMANY & THE THIRD REICH (1928-1945). N.p.. Web. 25 Oct 2013. <ALKETT VsKfz 617 MINENRÄUMER>.
2. Svirin, M. “Немецкий минный трал Minenraumer. Немецкие машины специального назначения времен Второй мировой войны. Немецкий минный трал Minenraumer.” Блокада Ленинграда Исторические события блокадного Ленинграда. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct 2013. <http://blokadaleningrada.ru/content/view/id-2341/>.
The Churchill Gun Carrier was a tank destroyer built on the chasis of the Churchill tank; formaly known as the A22D, Churchill 3 inch Gun Carrier. The vehicle had a fixed 88 mm (3.5 in) thick superstructure with it’s main gun in a ball mount. The main armament was a 3 inch anti-aircraft gun, however obsolete for it’s time. As many as 50 Churchill Gun Carriers were built from 1941 to 1942, during the Second World War, however none saw any action.
1. “Churchill tank.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 17 Oct 2013. Web. 22 Oct 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churchill_tank>.
Welcome to Bikini Monday, 10/21/2013, Hayden Panettiere edition: