Video: World of Tanks – Tiger 131 in 360

Wargaming Europe presents this video featuring World of Tanks Richard “The Challenger” Cutland giving a quick tour of Tiger 131.  This video is a special format that allows the viewer to move the camera around, a rather handy feature for looking around the interior of the vehicle.

Inside the Tanks: The Centurion

Wargaming Europe has released a new video featuring Richard “The Challenger” Cutland and his team at Bovington Tank Museum where they take a closer look at the British Centurion Tank.

Inside the Tanks: The T-54/T-55

Wargaming Europe’s Richard “The Challenger” Cutland takes a look at the Soviet T-54/T-55 tank in the latest of his “Inside the Tanks” video series.

Inside the Tanks: The M47 Patton

World of Tanks Europe has posted a new addition to their “Inside the Tanks” video series hosted by Richard Cutland.  This episode takes a look at the US M47 Patton tank of hte 1950’s.

Inside the tank: The M5 Stuart & M24 Chaffee

Wargaming Europe’s Richard Cutland takes a look at the M5 Stuart & M24 Chaffee.

World of Tanks: Virtually Inside the Tanks videos

fish eyeWorld of Tanks has released a new website featuring a series of videos titled “virtually inside the tanks.”  These videos feature WoT personalities Nick Moran (The Chieftain) and Richard Cutland (The Challenger) as they ride around inside a tank.  The videos are filmed with a series of cameras, providing a rotatable panoramic view of the inside of the vehicle.  This filming technique creates a very strong “fisheye” effect which is frankly a bit disorientating.  That said, people may find these videos informative and they do provide some good images of the vehicle interiors, albeit a distorted one.  Currently the line up of vehicles featured in this series included the Leopard 1, the Chieftain, the M4 “Fury”, the T-34 and the T-55.

To view the videos, click here. 

US World War II tank nicknames

names listOver at War History Online they have posted an article by Wargamings Military Specialist, Nicholas “the Chieftain” Moran on how US WW2 tanks got their names.  In particular, Moran focuses on some comments made during the WoT Operation Think Tank forum in which several prominent armor experts were in agreement that there was no official US recognition of the nicknames based on famous generals given to US tanks.  To make his case, Moran provides an image of a memo from November 1944 from General Barnes of the Ordnance Dept. listing approved nicknames for several US tanks, artillery and small arms.  Included in the list are the nicknames General Stuart (M5 light tank), General Sherman (M4 medium tank), General Jackson (M36 tank destroyer) and General Chaffee (M24 light tank.) However, Moran points out that:

There is one very obvious and disappointing omission here, however, that being the 3″ GMC M10. I have never been a supporter of the name “Wolverine”, and though it’s commonly stated on websites, I have seen no War Office documentation to support the proposal that it was a British name. Further, it fits in with neither the British policy on naming US tanks, nor on their policies of naming artillery pieces after the clergy or the letter “A.” Even “Achilles” didn’t show up as a name until very late in the war.

The full original article can be read here.