Here is another video from the folks over at World of Tanks. Featuring a number of Russian tank experts, this video looks at the rather unusual Soviet Object 279 heavy tank, one of which still survives on display at the Kubinka tank museum. The one odd thing in the video it them giving the gun caliber in inches. We’ve never before heard of a Soviet “5.1 inch gun” before, but we certainly have heard of a 130mm Soviet gun. Anyhow, a small quibble regarding an otherwise interesting video.
Here is a video put out by Wargaming Europe on the relatively obscure Swedish Kranvagn tank.
World of Tanks researcher Nicholas Moran takes a look at the Swedish Stridsvagn fm/21 housed at the Arsenalen Museum.
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?
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!
The website for Casemate books is listing a March 16 releases for two books in the “World of Tanks” series published by Wargaming.net. These books were originally released in Russia and claim to contain research based on archival materials never before examined or published.
The first book is “The T-34 Goes to War” by A. Ulanov, D. Shein and Dana Lombardy. The book is hardcover, has 224 pages and includes photos, illustrations, tables, diagrams, and color plates. The second book is “SU-152 and Related Vehicles” by Yuri Igorevich Pasholok and Christopher Parker. This volume is 272 pages in hardcover.
In 2012, the company that created World of Tanks, the phenomenal worldwide massive, multi-player online game, started publishing a series of books in Russian that utilized Soviet documents and archival materials that had never before been seen by outsiders or published in any language about the design, procurement, development, manufacturing, and combat employment of Soviet armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) during World War Two (the Great Patriotic War to Russians). Now these remarkable books are being published in English with the obvious aphorism The Russian View.