Sunday, 6 September 2015

06.09.2015 Q&A

Nothing really new or interesting today. Starting tomorrow, new tanks should start appearing on supertest.

Wargaming made a decision from now on to simplify new tier 1 and 2 tanks by not adding so many modules. As such, the Czech tier 1 will have no unlockable modules save for second gun and tier 2 will have two modules (including stock) of everything or something like that.

What do you think of this decision?

The M4A1 Revalorisé and the names of Israeli Shermans

Author: Life_in_Black (US server)

Since the French medium tier 8 premium, the M4A1 Revalorisé, first appeared, I've seen countless people throw around the term “Super Sherman”. Mainly they say that this is a Super Sherman, or ask why an Israeli tank is in the French tech tree. The short answer is, this isn't an Israeli tank, and it isn't a Super Sherman, but the full answer is slightly more complicated than that.

So, is this tank being French then? The answer is yes, but it wasn't designed with France in mind. Back in the early to mid 1960s, a Middle East arms race had begun to take shape, with the Soviets supplying relatively new weapons systems to Egypt and Syria, something which alarmed the Israelis greatly. So much like during the 1950s, Israel once again turned to France in regards to upgrading their numerous Shermans with something capable of dealing with these new Soviet weapons, namely the T-54 and T-55 that were forming the backbone of the Egyptian and Syrian armored forces. Thus, the M4A1 Revalorisé was born:

The M4A1 Revalorisé, which means upgraded/improved, was created to test the concept of mounting a much larger cannon on the Israeli Shermans, this time a 105mm. The French used an M4A1 chassis with the 76mm armed “T23” model turret, not the older 75mm M3 turret as used on the Israeli M-50 and the WWII vintage Firefly. Even so, the turret needed a large counterweight added to the rear, as well as a large muzzle brake and new low pressure HEAT ammunition so as to make the cannon work.

Operation Influx: Occupation of Sicily 1941

Author: Vollketten

In the early days of WW2 things were much of a muddle. Germany had invaded Poland and war had been declared by Britain and France but senior British figures were gravely concerned about the disposition of other countries from Turkey to Portugal coming up with various contingency plans. The biggest concern though wasn’t Turkey or even Spain, it was Italy.

Italy had remained neutral and as such posed an enormous threat to the British in particular. Large numbers of troops in North Africa, a possession in East Africa and a large and potent Meditteranean fleet. The British made numerous proposals and advances to Italy to try and woo her into her traditional alliance with France and Britain either to join them against Germany or to remain neutral throughout. This failed and Italy declared war on France on June 10th 1940 entering the war on the side of the Axis and thus Britain had to waste no time in planning for the elimination of Italy from the war. One of these plans was called ‘Operation Influx’ and exists now in declassified Cabinet War Room Papers which is the source of this article.

T-22sr in Random Battles

Just a couple of pictures of the upcoming hightier medium tank.