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Discussion in 'The Tanks of World War 2' started by germanm36tunic, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. Christian Ankerstjerne

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    The Russian combat regulations for armoured warfare from 1944 states, that during march, the average speed of a tank column is 12 - 15 km./h. on good roads and 8 - 10 km./h. on auxiliary roads and field paths. For 1 - 3 hours of march, 20 - 30 minutes of technical checks were required, for 5 - 6 hours of march 1 - 2 hours was required and after this 20 - 30 minutes every 2 hours. A days march was 8 march hours, or 12 - 14 march hours for a forced march (during which 3 - 4 hour technical checks are required for the second half of the march).
     
  2. Gunter_Viezenz

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    Actually the Russian at the end of the war did not want to engage their aircraft against the Germans evan with superiority in air. Also the effectivness of close air support in urban war zones was not effective.


    there were many weapons that infantry could use to destroy tigers as well

    Also the History chanel and discovery chanel programs claim that the Tiger was "slow" 9Esspecially when comparing a Tiger to a certain Medium tank". when it was about the same speed as a KV-1 and just as fast if not faster as other heavy tanks.
     
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    Actually the Russian at the end of the war did not want to engage their aircraft against the Germans evan with superiority in air. Also the effectivness of close air support in urban war zones was not effective.


    there were many weapons that infantry could use to destroy tigers as well

    Also the History chanel and discovery chanel programs claim that the Tiger was "slow" 9Esspecially when comparing a Tiger to a certain Medium tank". when it was about the same speed as a KV-1 and just as fast if not faster as other heavy tanks.
     
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    I can only picture when column of Panzer IV and III got onto KV2.That was a massacre.KV2 had to big siluethe.
     
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    Guess what this is?

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    it was blow up by the germans, internal explosion
     
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    Really? :eek:
     
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    German light AA fire was fairly effective at all stages of the war.

    FNG
     
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    nice, where did you find that pic ?

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    Only two hulls and one turret were made in late 1944, after which the project was abandoned. This was not due to the Russian advance but due to the unfeasibility of the project.

    Gunter: the Russian tactical air force was one of the best of the war, and very active indeed. Light AA fire may have taken down quite a few Russian planes but if they treated their air force anything like their other arms then Russian command would not have minded a few losses in exchange for the value of the support given by ground attack aircraft.
     
  11. Gunter_Viezenz

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    Wikipedia I was looking throught Public domain photos. I found out thta many pictures of Soviet union before 1973 were not copywriten in the west.

    Oh and in that case you put me in a predicament either beleive you or beleive someone who side by side with the Russians in WWII.
     
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    when the allies ocupied the krupp factory in essen they found 3 semico mpleted maus, turrets and hulls
     
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    And who was that?

    I must admit that I have not sources outlining the functioning of the Russian tactical air force in the last year of the war, however everything that I have seen (books, websites and other sources) claims that the Russians made extensive use of ground attack aircraft to support their armies. Surely they didn't build tens of thousands of IL2M3s for nothing.
     
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    I suppose your right but my Grandfather stated that he rarely seen Russian airplanes around the areas he was stationed. he was in a Polish artillary unit under Soviet command.
     
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    The tank was developed as a cross-country vehicle which could not only overcome terrain but also resistance by mounting a gun. Therefore the tank became a tracked armoured vehicle with a canon or machinegun.

    The Maus does not meet the requirements of a tank, on the contrary: it is not fit to cross any terrain but a road. And even roads had its limits, because I don't think the Maus could have crossed normal bridges.
     
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    Certainly not. Even JagdTiger had to be feried accross rivers many times. 100 tons of Maus would not be any easier. However, from what I have readed on internet, Maus was capable of crossing any terrain that was not a marsh or mountain.
     
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    despite it size and mass, just 188 tones :eek: , maus could turn in a spot, :cool:

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    it could travel cross country
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    but this could be a problem
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    due an error of the driver
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    but after some digging the maus got out by its own power
     
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    Question (unrelated, but just)!

    Were Mk3, Mk4 and Mk5 tanks (germans) also capable of turning on spot?
     
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    i think not, since the maus was powered by a gas electric system
     
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    Whats with the 3 cylindrical looking tubes at the rear of the turret?
     

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