Warspot Digest for November 2021

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Warspot Digest: November 2021

Pz.Sfl.IVc: SPG and Fold-Out AA Gun [READ MORE]

Medium SPGs on the PzIV chassis designed by Krupp engineers were seemingly cursed. The Pz.Sfl.IVa ''bunker buster'' only had two prototypes built, and work on the Pz.Sfl.IVb ended after a pilot batch. Nevertheless, both vehicles made it to the front lines. The fate of the Pz.Sfl.IVc was similar. Initially, the vehicle was designed as a bunker buster, then as a medium SPAAG. In the end, only one prototype of Pz.Sfl.IVc was built, which underwent conversion and was sent to the front.

T-34 on Tour [READ MORE]

A tank's history does not end with the nation that created it. If possible, it is desirable to familiarize oneself with opinions from other nations, both allies and enemies. Much has been written about the history of T-34 and KV-1 tanks in the Red Army, but even though this a popular topic of discussion, relatively little is known about the evaluation of these tanks in Great Britain. Let us cut through the fog of war with Soviet and British primary sources that describe how the British learned about the legendary Soviet tank.

Matilda's New Sword [READ MORE]

On October 11th, 1941, the PQ-1 convoy arrived in Arkhangelsk: the first British convoy that delivered weapons and military vehicles to the U.S.S.R. It was the result of the agreement titled, "On joint action of the Soviet and British governments in the war against Germany," signed in Moscow on July 12th. Matilda III tanks were among the cargo. In total, 1084 Matilda tanks were sent to the U.S.S.R., of which 933 (918 according to Soviet data) arrived. Unfortunately, the Soviet military was not satisfied with the anti-tank gun of the British tank. A way out of this situation was found.

Centurions in the Jungle [READ MORE]

The participation of Australian forces in the fighting in South Vietnam in 1965-1971 is a relatively rarely explored part of history. Even rarely is it mentioned that Australia sent its tank forces to the front, armed with British Centurion tanks. The fate of Australian Centurion Mk.5/1 tanks in the Vietnamese jungle was not a bright one, but the tanks and their crews did their job honestly.