Warspot Digest for April 2020

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Warspot Digest: April 2020

M6A2E1: The Heavy Clownshoe

The Heavy Tank M6 had the worst fate of all mass produced heavy tanks of WWII. A decent vehicle with competitive characteristics became another victim of work dragging on too long. The tank was accepted into service, but only 40 vehicles in 3 modifications were produced, and none of them saw combat. By 1943, the M6 was obsolete and its road to the front lines was closed. However, a heavily modified version of the tank was soon once again in demand, and urgently. This is the modernization covered by the full article. [READ MORE]

Porsche's Tiger: A Victim of Dirty Competition

The German heavy tank program began in 1937, but work dragged on. Changes were introduced into the design of tanks that hadn't even been built yet. Because of this, Porsche K.G. began working on a new Typ 100 heavy tank, also known as the VK 30.01(P), in December 1939. Work on this project led to the creation of the VK 45.01(P), or Pz.Kpfw. Tiger (P), the subject of today's article. The vehicle, often called the Porsche Tiger, was accepted for service and could have become the main German heavy tank of the war, had the situation developed a little differently. [READ MORE]

T-55: The Third World's Main Argument

The T-54, a logical improvement on the T-44, was designed at factory №183 in Nizhniy Tagil (the future UralVagonZavod), and was the main tank of the first post-war decade. The first T-54 prototypes were created in late 1944 and early 1945. In 1946, the tank was accepted into service and production began. The T-54 was ahead of other tanks in its class in all parameters. The design was so progressive there was no need to develop a replacement for over a decade — largely because Nizhniy Tagil was home to a group of engineers who created the legendary T-34. [READ MORE]

Object 268: The Last Soviet Heavy Tank Destroyers

In the days of the Second World War, heavy self propelled guns played an important part on the battlefield. It is not surprising that after the end of the war, heavy SPGs, including tank destroyers, remained a priority for designers from all nations. It's surprising that only a handful of these vehicles were ever built in metal, and none were mass produced. The Soviet Union and its Object 268 was no exception. [READ MORE]