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Nick Sumner

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  1. The thing of it is though, no scientist or engineer is going to admit that their bit of busy work was actually pointless. It just doesn't look good on the CV.
  2. Known in the Drake's Drum timeline as the 'Rector' this SP gun is based on an actual design. The updated version of the British Army appendix has been posted at the Drake's Drum website along with updated versions of the RN Appendix and the Beta version of the RAF appendix. The first image below is Photoshopped.
  3. In the Drake’s Drum alternate history, to meet the 20 pounder gun armed Centurions and 90mm gun armed M26 tanks the Allies are fielding on equal terms, the Germans will need an easily massed produced medium tank in the 50 tonne bracket with a powerful gun. They therefore speed up the service entry of the E50 and use the shortcut of modifying (ie lightening) the Tiger II turret with its 88mm L/71 gun. The E50/E75 hull was almost identical in dimensions with the Tiger II. The tank is so similar to the Tiger it is known as the Pzkfw E50 Tiger III. This image is photoshopped.
  4. The Geschützwagen Tiger was based on an extended Tiger II chassis. Designed June 1942, the first prototype was still under construction at the end of the war. It was designed to mount the 17 cm Kanone 18, or the 21 cm Mörser 18. With the 17 cm gun it was to be known as Grille 17, with the 21 cm as Grille 21. This is my opportunity for a shameless plug. 😉 To support the release of the third book in the Drake’s Drum tetralogy, the ‘Beta’ version of the Luftwaffe appendix has been added to the Drakes Drum website. Updated versions of the Heer, Kriegsmarine and Seeluftsteitkraft appendices have also been uploaded. The top photograph is of the prototype abandoned at the end of the war with a Porsche turreted Tiger II to its left and a Jagdtiger behind. The second picture is from the world of Drake’s Drum and shows A disabled Geshűtzwagen Tiger with the 21 cm L31 gun captured by the Allies in Germany, 1948. This image is photoshopped.
  5. Related to the Type 6 Chi-Ri tank was the Type 6 Ho-Ri SPG. A kind of Japanese Jagdtiger. The first image is photoshopped. The lower picture shows the design (with an AA gun on the rear decking.) As can be seen I have simplified the casemate outline and given it a sloped glacis. From the point of view of mass production, if the Japanese had actually built this vehicle it seems probable that they would have made it as quick and simple to build as possible. In connection with the launch of the new book, there have been many updates to the Drake's Drum website. Drake's Drum website Hours of distraction!
  6. Well, haven't posted a 'never rolled' tank in a while so here is one that got to the prototype stage, the Japanese Type 6 Chi Ri medium tank. As you can see, unlike the OTL version this one has a sloped glacis plate. This image is photoshopped. This is my opportunity for a shameless plug. 😉 The third book in my Drake's Drum series has now been released. Its called Drake's Drum: Currents of Fate and is available from Sea Lion Press.
  7. Stuart, the explanation is in reply #30. Its a speculative photoshop image of what a British A36 tank might have looked like.
  8. These images are Photoshopped These pictures are my interpretation of what a British A36 cruiser tank might have looked like and are speculative. Little information has survived about the OTL A36. A document entitled ‘An Evolution of British Tanks’ prepared by the School of Tank Technology Department of Tank Design in February 1945 (a copy is held at the Bovington Tank Museum) describes the OTL design as being a heavier version of the A30 Challenger with increased immunity and stronger suspension. Like the Challenger the design was to mount a 17 pounder gun, its projected weight was 41.5 tons and the parent firm was Rolls-Royce. The start point for this speculation is the A30 Avenger tank destroyer which was also a development of the A30 Challenger mounting a 17 pounder gun in a much lower turret. We can assume more robust suspension, improved protection, wider tracks and a heavier gearbox and transmission. Turret ring size is assumed to be the same as the A30 Avenger SP. An A34 Comet prototype was fitted with a sloped glacis plate but the modification was not introduced on production vehicles. While A34 Comet was better than a Sherman, A36 might have been a Panther equivalent. If anyone is bored in this time of mandatory lock downs and forced inactivity; check out the webpage for my alternate history novel Drake's Drum. www.drakesdrum.co.uk There are fact files, short stories, images and an extract you can read. Potentially hours of distraction. Guaranteed better than Netfliks!
  9. This image is Photoshopped In OTL the the German ‘Entwicklung’ or ‘E’ series of armoured fighting vehicle projects were initiated towards the end of WW2. The idea was to increase the production of AFVs by simplifying and rationalising the manufacturing process. Chassis were to be standardised. This is what I think the E25 StuG might have looked like if it had been built. The E25 was a chassis to replace vehicles in the 25+ tonne weight class which meant those that used Pzkfw III and IV as platforms.
  10. Well, I haven;t stopped by this forum in almost a decade. Nice to be back on this grate site. With the indulgence of the moderators I hope to post a few pictures of tanks that never got built in our timeline. The first is the well known Italian P.43 project. No prototypes were completed before Italy changed sides in 1943. THE FIRST TWO IMAGES ARE PHOTOSHOPPED
  11. Another inch to the left and it could have been quite nasty...
  12. Just to be clear; I don’t recall anyone calling the German people evil, their leadership has been justly vilified in this discussion for arrogance and incompetence which is not the same thing. BillB’s excellent posts 251 and 252 are good examples of this. Regarding your comment about de-escalation; the whole direction of British policy was reactive, every step considered by the British government was in reaction to what another power had done or threatened to do and from that perspective it is hard not to see which power was driving the crisis forward the most aggressively.
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