WW2 Japanese Heavy Tank O-I

pn5bAGOOver at the Status Report is a new post about the history of the little known Japanese O-I super heavy tank project from WW2.  This vehicle never got past prototype stage and the one prototype constructed is no longer in existence.  Much of the information on this vehicle was kept secret until mid 2015 when the surviving documentation concerning the O-I was purchased by FineMolds Inc.  The article is written by Seon Eun Ae.

Excerpt: The O-I (オイ車 Oi-sensha) was a super-heavy tank prototype designed by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War after the Battles of Nomonhan in 1939. The O-I is one of the Second World War’s more secretive tank projects, with documentation regarding the tank being kept private for over 75 years at Wakajishi Shrine, Fujinomiya. Surviving files have been purchased by FineMolds Inc., and publicly previewed in mid-2015. The multi-turreted 150-ton tank was designed for use on the Manchurian plains as a supportive pillbox for the Imperial Japanese against the Soviet Union. The project was disbanded four years after the initial development began, deemed unsatisfactory for continuation in 1943 after the lack of resource material for the prototype.

Read the full article here.

Recent Yuri Pasholok articles at Status Report blog.

2256162_originalThe blog “Status Report” has posted two English language translations of  articles by Russian armor researcher Yuri Pasholok this past couple days. An article posted on Monday contains a number of pictures of the AMX-30 prototype that is stored at the French Armor Museum in Saumur.  People interested in the AMX- 30 Status Report article may read it here, the original Russian language article is available here.

2219285_originalAn article posted on Sunday provides a history and photo gallery of the 47mm gun on Renault R35 chassis at the Panzermuseum in Thun, Switzerland.   This vehicle was an improvised tank destroyer, consisting of a captured French tank hull being mated with a captured Czech 47mm gun.  By the time of the Normandy campaign, 110 of these converted panzerjagers were still in service.  The article notes that the one at Thun most likely saw combat as it exhibits signs of battle damage.  The original Russian language version of the article can be read here, the translated Status Report version is here.

M10 Applique armor

m104Over at Status Report blog, contributor “Vollketten” has written a description of the applique armor system found on the M10 tank destroyer.  The article is well researched and includes a nice selection of images drawn from wartime photos, patent applications and existing display vehicles.  Vollketten has a reputation as one of the more knowledgeable and worthwhile participants at the WoT forums, we look forward to seeing more of his articles at Status Report.

Article excerpt:

Today, there appears to be only a single example of the M10 left anywhere with this spaced armour and it is this one on public display at Veckring near Le Hackenberg. The side armour is complete on the left hand side and missing a piece at the front on the right. Even then, the side armour could well just be re-fabricated post war. This particular vehicle has undergone restoration and repainting as at some point in its life it used to be known as ‘Rose Coombs’

Read the full article at Status Report.