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Old 02-03-2019, 06:02 PM
 
Location: London
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David Fletcher on the tanks made to end the war one swoop, including the first armoured personnel carrier. The British, French and American were to combine to make the tanks, which were largely British designed.


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Old 02-04-2019, 03:29 PM
 
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I wonder how did the Mark tanks come to the battle field? They had the speed only of 3.7 mph. So we can say the engine was too weak for the weight (tiger II is often criticized for big weight and size but its speed was about 25.8 mph). For example could the tank go a distance of 17 miles?
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Old 02-04-2019, 06:38 PM
 
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The Tiger would burn out transmissions if it sustained high speeds. The WW1 tanks were driven to the battlefield after getting as far forward by rail. They would lay rail tracks. Also narrow gauge rail tracks were laid for taking ammunition to the front lines.

David Fletcher on the WW2 improvised armoured personnel carrier - the Kangaroo. One of the reasons the British & Canadians never had as many casualties as US units.


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Old 02-08-2019, 03:19 PM
 
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Default The war of the mashines and technologies

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The WW1 tanks were driven to the battlefield after getting as far forward by rail. They would lay rail tracks. Also narrow gauge rail tracks were laid for taking ammunition to the front lines.
Orderly and diligent engineers and technicians! It was less and less courage and romantic of horse attacks...
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:55 PM
 
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Default Very good and expensive protection

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David Fletcher on the WW2 improvised armoured personnel carrier - the Kangaroo. One of the reasons the British & Canadians never had as many casualties as US units.
Didn't know about it before. It's surprising. Both in the Red army and in the Wehrmacht the military engineers tried to use any vehicle to make a self-propelled gun. Here we see vice versa. Probably the effective attack aircraft enabled the land forces to feel comfortable.
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:59 AM
 
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The allies were not short of tanks. The tanks were not as good as German tanks in many cases, but they had lots of them. Montgomery cared for his men under his command, British, Canadian, American, Poles, etc. Casualties were always lighter than American and German armies. Some US casualties were horrendous in WW2: 52,000 in Lorraine, 34,000 at Hurtgen Forest, 1000,000 at the Bulge alone. In the Scheldt, the Canadian casualties were far less than anticipated using Kangaroos. They were first used in Normandy.

WW1 ended for the armoured personnel carrier could be used. What amazes me is that the idea was not used for the outbreak of WW2.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:57 AM
 
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The Kanagroo shown was based on a Grant chassis. The Grant was outdated by the time Normandy came along, so those chassis' were rife for conversion. They were also used for mounting artillery guns on. The best Kangaroo was the converted Churchill. They had side doors and I believe the top was covered on some of them. As David Fletcher said the Churchill could climb to places no other tank could, like up steep hills and small mountains. The Merritt Brown gearbox assured all that. It could also turn on its axis, so ideal as an armoured personnel carrier.

Story of Churchills climbing steep hills:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p-izpDBZv4

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Old 02-10-2019, 08:02 AM
 
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The British WW1 tanks. Many are still around especially in Russia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElzZ7KZW9M0&t=1s
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:44 PM
 
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Default Mark V tanks in the Civil War in Russia (1918-1920)

As the Russian Wikipedia says, 8 male Mark V and 9 female Mark V tanks were used in 1919 during the Battle of Tsaritsyn (Stalingrad, Volgograd). Commanders of the White Army formed four squadrons four tanks each. They used (in the successful assault) four armored trains too. The crew of a female Mark V was British and was headed by one-handed captain Cox.

There is the Mark V tank monument in the northern Russian city Arkhangelsk.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:21 PM
 
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If you haven't seen "They Shall Not Grow Old" yet you should. It is amazing colorized and restored footage from the Imperial War Museum. There are some interesting views of tanks advancing across the battlefield. The British tanks were kept a secret even from their own men.
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