Armored Champion: The Top Tanks of World War II by Steven Zaloga

By Steven Zaloga

Armor specialist Zaloga enters the conflict over the simplest tanks of global struggle II with this heavy-caliber blast of a ebook armed with greater than 40 years of research.

  • Provocative yet fact-based ratings of the tanks that fought the second one global War
  • Breaks the struggle into 8 classes and publicizes Tanker's selection and Commander's selection for each
  • Champions contain the German Panzer IV and Tiger, Soviet T-34, American Pershing, and some surprises
  • Compares tanks' firepower, armor security, and mobility in addition to dependability, affordability, strategies, education, and total strive against performance
  • Relies on huge documentation from files, executive stories, and released sources--much of which hasn't ever been released in English before
  • Supported via dozens of charts and diagrams and thousands of photographs
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    They simply want the best tank. Tanker’s Choice is often threat-driven. This evaluation is closely tied to the capabilities of the main threat against its survivability. Several armies conducted operational research during World War II and in the years after to try to quantify technical effectiveness. After World War II, the British Army Operational Research Group (AORG) attempted to calculate the technical effectiveness of tanks in tank-versus-tank engagements using both theoretical parameters and data collected from the 1944–45 campaigns.

    These tanks usually had a simple folding seat for the turret crew, attached to the turret ring. A step forward in the fightability of turrets was a simple turret basket. This example is found in an M22 Locust light tank and is fairly typical of tank designs in the 1942–43 period. Tank gun fire controls usually relied on telescopic sights for aiming the weapon. S. Army used a periscopic sight on the early M4 Sherman tanks to avoid the need for a hole in the turret front for the telescope. However, the linkage between the periscopic gun sight and the gun was prone to being jarred and it was more difficult to boresight the weapon.

    Torsion bar suspensions began to appear in the late 1930s, first widely used on the PzKpfw III Ausf. F. This was gradually adopted by most tank manufacturers by the end of the war since it offered good road-wheel travel while not taking up much internal hull volume. Track design has a considerable impact on mobility, both in terms of rolling resistance and ground pressure. Most armies relied on simple, narrow-pitch cast metal track with simple pins. S. Army preferred a family of track including rubber-padded track blocks as one option for better road performance, albeit at a higher unit cost.

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