Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Stridsvagn m/42 part 1

Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran gives us a Christmas Eve gift in the form of a video examining the Swedish Stridsvagn m/42 tank.

WoT Veteran’s Day Tanker Interview

World of Tanks researcher Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran posted this video interview with World War II veteran Tom Sator as part of a Veteran’s Day tribute.  Sator served as a tank crewman in the 4th Armored Division.

The Chieftain also posted a youtube video of the raw, unedited interview footage.

Video: An Unofficial High Speed Tour of The Tank Museum Bovington (Part 1)

Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran gives us a high speed tour of the Tank Museum at Bovington. Part I.

Video: The Chieftain tours Swedish Tank Museum

Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran of Wargaming North America has posted this video of himself touring Arsenalen, the Swedish Tank Museum.


WoT: Virtually Inside the First Tanks

World of Tanks has created a “VR experience” video in tribute to the 100th anniversary of the first tanks used in combat in Sept of 1916. Featuring Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran and Richard “The Challenger” Cutland, this video shows the interior of the surviving Mark IV tank housed at the Bovington Tank Museum.  Be sure to click over the mouse and move the camera around as you watch the video.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Panther. Part 3

The third and final part of Nick “The Chieftain” Moran’s look at the famous German Panther tank.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: T-55A Part 2

Part 2 of Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran’s look at the T-55A medium tank.

The Chieftain’s Hatch: Equipping the Force Part 4

chieftains hatchNicholas “The Chieftain” Moran has posted part 4 of his series of articles on the history of US tank development during WW2.  This segment tells the story up to the end of the war with particular focus on T23, T28, T29, T30 and T26E3.


Last of the T23

In order to insure a completely fair evaluation of the T23 tank, Army Ground Forces had proposed in the spring of 1944 to equip the 785th Tank Battalion and expose the tank to extended field service tests in this country. Army Ground Forces was convinced that the tank was not satisfactory but did not want to be in a position of overlooking any advancement which the electric drive might accomplish. Ordnance had claimed that all the initial deficiencies found had been corrected in the ten production models, which were tested by the Armored Board in the summer of 1944. But again results were very disappointing. It was found, for example, that 300 man-hours of maintenance were required for each 100 hours of operation. The track and suspension system was inadequate; the cooling system was easily clogged with dust and prevented satisfactory operation in high ambient temperatures or dusty conditions; no steering or braking was possible if the engine failed, and finally the tank could not be operated satisfactorily at slow speeds without imposing a heavy burden on the traction motors. The Board listed 26 urgent deficiencies in this vehicle. Army Ground Forces approved the Board’s recommendation for a correction of these deficiencies and stated that if they were corrected two battalions would be equipped with the tank and sent to the theater. It was also found in the field test of the tank by the 785th Tank Battalion that the armored engine compartment grilles could not withstand even 20mm fire from the ground or plunging fire from aircraft.

Full article here.

The Chieftain’s Hatch: Equipping the Force Part 3

chieftains hatchNicholas “The Chieftain” Moran has posted part three of an article based on his archive digging regarding US armor in WW2.  This article series looks at Army Ground Forces and how they determined with vehicles and tanks should be developed and fielded during the war.  Part three includes the period from fall of 1943 to the end of the war.  Vehicles discussed include the T23, T25, T26, the M6 and M4A3E2 “Jumbo.”

Click here to read “The Chieftain’s Hatch.”


Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Achilles Part 2

Here is part 2 of the “Inside the Hatch” video series look at the British Achilles variant of the M10 tank destroyer.

Nicholas Moran continues his tour of the Achilles tank destroyer, built on the basis of the American M10. Today, he’s talking about the tank interior and crew member positions. Why can this vehicle be considered the best of its type for its time? What difficulties did the gunner face? What’s the simplest way for the driver to get to his position? You can find answers to these questions and more in the new episode of “Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch.” Happy viewing!