Trucks And Tanks (TnT) magazine 46
Great moment as always when TNT Magazine arrives in the mailbox. Lots of interesting articles to read!
• Light Armored Vehicle Anti Tank prototype – le “sabre” des Marines (the “sword” of the Marines)
Entered in service in 1983, the LAV must remain active at least until 2035. Launched in 2012, the Program Manager LAV develops a new turret that will have the ability to launch a TOW missile. 118 ATWS will be delivered to the Marines.
(2 pages, 5 photos)
• Les camouflages du T-55 (the T-55 camos)
First used in 1958, the T-55 is still active today in some countries. It was used everywhere with different camos. Some of them are presented in that article
(6 pages, 1 photo, 20 drawings)
Drawings are for the following countries:
Africa: Egypt, Erythrea (2), Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Ethiopia (2), Sudan, Chad, Uganda
South America: Peru
Asia: Afghanistan (2), Syria, Yemen
Europe: Croatia, Finland, Georgia, Serbia
• Le PZ IV Lang: naissance d’un char de combat (The PZ IV Lang: birth of a war tank)
The PZ IV was produced at 9.000 ex during all the war. First conceived as a support tank (that was good enough for the Poland campaign but less during the campaign of France against the B-1 and Mathilda, and not good enough during the Russian campaign. Decision is made to equip it with a 7,5cm gun.
(10 pages, 18 photos, 3 drawings)
• Les “Schredder” de l’armée américaine – Les blindés moderns du genie américain (The “Schredder” of the US Army – The modern tanks of the Ameriacn Genie troops)
The tanks of the genie troops are playing an important rule preparing the terrain for infantry progress (mine removing, etc) but also as a support for the combat tanks. The US Army is using the M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle that is based on the M60 tank. It was intented to replace it by the Grizzly based on the M1 Abrahms chassis but due to budget restrictions it’s finally the M1 Assault Breaker Vehicle that will be used. It’s also based on the Abrahms but with less modifications.
(8 pages, 16 photos, 5 view drawings of the M728)
• L’arsenal de la Waffen-SS: être les meilleurs à tout prix (The arsenal of the Waffen-SS : to be the best at any cost)
Arguing that the best material is to be given to the best soldiers, the Waffen-SS tried to obtain the best equipment possible but the opposition of the Wehrmacht forced Himmler to try to obtain material everywhere and notabily using the materials produced in the conquered countries and working with the factories of these countries.
(14 pages, 17 photos, 18 B/W drawings, 4 color drawings)
• Les AEC Dorchester de Rommel – Les Mammouths et le Renard (Rommel’s AEC Dorchester : the Mammuths and the Fox)
In North Africa The Germans recuperated frequently captured British material for their own use. So did Rommel use two AEC Dorchester command cars that gived more space than the German command cars.. Thos Dorchester were nicknamed “Max” and “Moritz” (from a German comics dating from 1865).
(6 pages, 6 photos, 5 color drawings, 5 B/W drawings)
• Samokhodnaya Ustanovka 76 – Sukomi!
During the Great patriotic War the most important factories were reserved for the production of tanks able to struggle with the Germans, like the T34/76. The little factories producing cars during the peace time were reconverted in the production of light tanks.
So the chassis of the T-60 and T-70 were converted into self propelled guns. The ZIS-3 M1942 gun (nicknamed “Ratschboum” by the Germans) was successfully used on the SU-76. Even if production was big, the crew did not like the SU-76 and nicknamed it “Sukomi” (B.tch)
(12 pages, 12 photos, 5 profiles, 10 drawings, 2 datafiles)
• Les premiers tanks britanniques : l’épopée des chars rhomboédriques (The first British tanks – the story of the rhomboedrical tanks)
The first tanks entered in action at Flers, 15 of september 1916. The impulsion of their conception was given by Winston Churchill himself (that was actually First Lord of Admiralty). The rhomboedric design was especially conceived due to the conditions of the battleground: the trenches!
The article depicts how those tanks were fubnctionning, their internal organization, the role of all the crews and their emplacement, the motorization, the protections and reveals why guns and machineguns were placed in lateral prominences. It depicts also the 5 types of Mark tanks, from Mark one to Mark five.
(14 pages, 22 photos, 1 drawing of the inside of the tank, 6 schemes for transmission, 3 technical datafiles, 4 drawings)
• M4 Sherman Medium Tank versus Semovente DA 75/34 Su Scaff M42
When there entered in war, USa but also Italy were not using valuable tanks. If the USA can be helped by performing factories, it’s not the same for Italy that will prefer to use assault guns.
(6 pages, 2 schemes, 1 datafile, 8 drawings)