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Strange Tanks Article

Discussion in 'Wonder Weapons' started by JagdtigerI, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. Poppy

    Poppy grasshopper

    Apr 9, 2008
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    casting capabilities played an important roll.
    unsure, maybe the US (France?) gave the techniques to the soviets, in order to cast a one piece turret with some slope/no rivets?
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

    Apr 21, 2006
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    Perfidious Albion
    If you mean T-34?? After the earliest turrets, casting eventually proved 'easier' for the Soviets than rolled plate or welding.
    Peter Samsonov's new book is quite interesting on it; The initial design required 60 hrs of pressing per turret & other machining capacity was also put under unacceptable stress, They went down a difficult route of learning hard armour casting themselves. From order to prototype - January to July '40.

    (Finally got Francis Pulham's book 'Fallen Giants' on T35. Not a technical history - more a gazetteer of individual vehicles, but well worth a look for anyone interested in the things. Very good images.)
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