The Chieftain’s Hatch: Undergunned in Italy

World of Tanks Nicholas Moran has posted a new essay over at his page on US tank armamant during World War II, specifically the debate over why the US was late to adopt the 76 mm gun.


panzeritaly2To all whom these presents come, greetings, and a happy and prosperous new year to you. Certainly I know I’m in for an interesting one.

A short one to start the year off, with an observation on the difference between ‘the pointy end’ and ‘the bigger picture’.

In one or two of my past videos, I have observed that decisions relating to the 76mm tanks in Western Europe (i.e. why nobody bothered making a particular effort to bring them into Normandy during the invasion) was predicated partially on a perceived lack of need. The verbiage is something along the lines of “The Army equipped with its 75mm Shermans is doing well enough in North Africa and Italy, what we have is obviously working, and there is no benefit to rocking the boat.”

Read the full post here.



  1. It’s interesting to me that there are still new angles and rebuttals to conventional wisdom in this particular subject. A lot of gray area, and more than one answer to “What they shoulda done”.



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