Video: Tanks 101

For those looking for an introductory video on “what is a tank”, Nick Moran from World of Tanks provides one in this new video.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: M4A1 Sherman part 2

In the second part of the “Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch” episode about the M4A1 Sherman, Nicholas Moran takes a look inside the vehicle.

The Chieftain’s Hatch: The TD Archives

Nicholas Moran, North American researcher for World of Tanks has posted a new article sharing some discoveries from the archives regarding US WWII era tank destroyers.

Excerpt:

Every now and then I come across things in the Tank Destroyer Board archives which are interesting, but not necessarily suitable for a post by themselves. Sometimes I’ll put up the picture or comment on my Facebook page, but I think this collection of writings is worth sharing.

We start with some comments reported to the board in February 1945, from the ETO.

Searchlight Illumination

Searchlights employed so that the beams shine just above the height of a man will cause individuals and vehicles to cast shadows which are easily seen. This reduces the probability of surprise by the enemy in snow covered terrain. - Commanding General, 35th AAA Brigade.

[Chieftain’s Note: Those of you who make scale or Lego models may be familiar with this technique. When you drop a part, the use of a torch (flashlight) at floor level casts long shadows, making it easy to find it.]


Photo from the Korean War. Truck and Jeep-mounted searchlights were used as late as Vietnam

Rumors

Much excitement was caused in our command post when a line captain reported 25 Tiger tanks headed our way. Questioned, he admitted he had seen one tank and "assumed there were at least 25 since they usually attacked in mass." Investigation showed there was just one tank, and that between us and it was a road block covered by a minefield, bazooka teams, and three tank destroyers. 1106th Engineer Group.

[Chieftain’s Note: Well, this demonstrates the difference between information and intelligence.]

Read the full article at The Chieftain’s Hatch.

The Chieftain’s Hatch: 100-Year Icon

Over at the World of Tanks site, tanker and researcher Nicholas Moran has posted his thoughts regarding the first 100 years of tank history.  It’s a good read, we have re-posted the start of the article below with a link to the full piece.

The Chieftain’s Hatch: 100-Year Icon

We’re now celebrating the second century of the tank, 100 years since the debut of tank combat in Flers-Courcelette (though the monument that marks the introduction of tank combat is in the nearby town of Pozières).

It’s no secret I’m kind of fond of tanks, and that I consider it quite fortunate that an object of my interest has also been my job, both in military and civilian service. But what has the tank actually become, and why is it so appealing, 100 years later?

Many moons ago, I picked up the book Tank by Patrick Wright, who took a slightly different tack than most folks in that he focused not so much on the technical or operational side of tanks, but instead more on the cultural and psychological aspects. The book received mediocre reviews because of this, but it’s worth reflecting upon its premise.

The tank is the symbol of land power. it’s usually the first image in one’s mind when thinking of modern battles. But it’s not the most important component of land power; that’s still the “poor bloody infantryman” (PBI) and his rifle. So, of all the various pieces that make up a modern army, why has the tank come out on top?

Read the full post here.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Centurion. Part 1

Nicholas Moran of World of Tanks takes a look at the British Centurion.

Operation Think Tank

Over on his facebook page, Wargaming’s Nick “The Chieftain” Moran posted about the 2012 Operation Think Tank series of videos.  He says:

It has not escaped my notice that in one week, the Panther video exceeded in views the life-time number of views of Operation Think Tank. This is, I would say, something of a shame, as I think OTT was one of the best things we’ve ever done for the tank enthusiast community. I realize that you guys are part of the choir and have likely watched it already, but I was chatting with Hilary Doyle this morning, and he suggested a repeated push on FB, given his experience with the performance of the Weald Foundation videos. So why not? Here’s the link, share, spread the word! FB, email, forums, whatever.

We think the Operation Think Tank videos are one of the best things on Youtube, so we encourage everyone to watch them if they have not already.  We fully support the idea of an Operation Think Tank part II!

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: M3 Grant part 2

Nicholas Moran of World of Tanks gives a look at the inside of the M3 Medium.  We have been looking forward to this one.