Today is Friday and I want to introduce another Friday thread. I will show you the funniest tanks in the world. So let's go:
Floating tank "LVTH6" (Indian tank-hippo)
"Child of India" was distinguished by a very large crew, which consisted of 7 people: the commander, gunner and loader - in the tower; Driver
mechanic and crew commander - in the control department; 2 supplying shells were located in the fighting compartment behind the tower. The Indian
LVTH6 tank was originally planned as a landing vehicle, but armed with a 105 mm howitzer. Its main purpose was to be the fire support of the landing
force landing from weakly armed transporters. But, in the end, the behemoth tank turned into a means of moving the M49 howitzer and ammunition to
T10 Sherman M4A2
In the military environment, the T10 tank is called the "roller of war". And this expression is not figurative. To be convinced of this, it is
enough to look at it. For some, he is the epitome of the freeway tank, others consider him a demining genius. But for specialists, the T10 is a symbol
of a difficult, inexorable, but fast tank breakthrough.
Skeleton Tank USA (1918)
Tank from the First World War. It was assumed that the "holes" will reduce weight, and the shells will fly through the tank without damaging it,
which will increase survivability.
The hull of the tank was mounted on steel pipes between the frames and received a box-like shape to simplify the design. The body was assembled on
bolts, rivets and corners, which attached 12-mm armor plates. The fighting compartment and the control compartment were located in the front - there
were places for the driver, tank commander and machine gunner. A cylindrical turret with one 7.62 mm machine gun was installed on the roof of the
fighting compartment. At the rear of the hull were two 50 hp Beaver 4-cylinder petrol engines. each.
Due to its original design, this combat vehicle was named "Skeleton Tank".
The most unique Soviet "tank" "NI-1" - "Fear" (1941)
This is an imitation of a tank based on a tractor.
The tank was an ordinary STZ-NATI agricultural tracked tractor, sheathed with armor sheets. In this instance, the "cannon" is a pure props - just a
pipe or even a log sticking out of the tower. The tractors were protected by welded armor, but more often just steel sheets taken from the Odessa
shipyard. The sheets were placed for a reason, concrete was poured between them, which increased survivability and made it possible to protect the
crew from conventional small arms - a simple steel sheet (even folded 4 times), rifle bullets pierced. The vehicles were armed with light machine guns
and the crew's rifles, which were pushed into the loopholes. Sometimes towers from destroyed tanks were also placed, in this case the guns were not
Schumann's armored carriage
Another interesting combat vehicle of the early twentieth century was Schumann's armored carriage. Formally, this is not really a tank, but a mobile
artillery installation. Or, to be more precise, the Fahrbare Panzerlafette - that is, a self-propelled armored carriage. However, this device can be
considered the most real forerunner of tanks. And that's why.
Firstly, this invention of the German engineer Maximilian Schumann made it possible to shoot with direct fire, despite the return fire of the enemy.
All - thanks to the use of armor, so relevant in the conditions of trench warfare. Secondly, Schumann's armored carriage had a rotating turret, which
was borrowed from warships. Finally, in the third, the armored carriage was distinguished by high mobility, although it was transported, as a rule, by
In general, this combat vehicle has become a real bridge to the world of tanks. By the way, in Switzerland, Schumann's armored carriages were removed
from service only in 1947, although in this country they were still used in a stationary and not in a mobile form.
That's all for now. Thanks)))