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Tankovia has determined that the tank is the future of land warfare having all traits necessary for victorious battle. The nation has set up a Tank Comission to procure these wonderful new weapons! What and who to buy from?

 

Off the top off my head, the FT17 seems like a fine starting point.

 

This is a companion thread to the Tankovian small arms thread.

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I'm thinking of a HBAR Lewis MG in lieu of the Hotchkiss with an armored external jacket. Or maybe even a pair with a left hand eject model that are mounted sideways with the pans on the side.

 

Sounds like putting Reibel machine guns in, before these have been invented two decades in the future. ^_^

 

A twin mount I doubt fits the small turret. Look:

 

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The Ft is tiny

 

 

Considering Tankovia is going most probabaly to buy these on the surplus market (although France kept manufacturing them I think) Tankovia Tank Regiment No. 1 may be stuck with Hotchkiss in 8*51 mmR and Puteaux 37 mm cannons. But then I would only buy like a dozen or two and see what this newfangled "tank" thing is all about. The rhomboids are instantly obsolete with the end of the war, and where should Tankovia park these landships? The British Mediums would be interesting, but manufacture stopped with the armistice. The FT is still slow, weakly armoured, weakly armed and has problems driving up and down mountains and it is clear that automotive technology is going to improve in the next decade or two. It is clear the FT will quickly be overtaken. So IMHO the FT only is fit as a trials vehicle to test the concept of tank.

 

 

Maybe Tankovia can get ahold of some LK II, that the swedish did not smuggle out of Germany? It is bigger with more growth potential.

 

 

 

 

 

What about armoured cars?

 

 

 

Or... armoured trains? :wub:

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Congratulations! Our tanks have arrived! We have 6 Renault FTs with low mileage, 3 each with the Hotchkiss and 37mm Puteaux. They are going to the 1st Tank Squadron formed to study combined arms methods from the Great War. The Army Motor Depot is being upgraded to support these tanks. 6 Hotchkiss were bought from Oviedo in 7mm Mauser to avoid having to have 8mm Lebel in our supply system.

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The Depot should also invest in some armoured cars as well. I recommend some of the excellent ideas currently being discussed at Rolls Royce. While I think 1-2 MG's will suffice, I will argue that they will soon need some method of destroying other armour and I recommend something along the lines of the German Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr, however it should not be single shot, but magazine feed, semi-auto. The Poles are apparently working on something, but I believe the calibre is rifle size and will have limited future growth.

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Well the infantry should have some sort of bolt action ATR, I believe our light tanks need both a MG and gun capable of armour piercing. It is likely that armour will grow thick enough eventually to stop most shoulder fired weapons, however I think they will perform fine for many years.

 

Back to tanks, I think the US could supply us with some of their 3 tons tanks, while I understand the French justifiable felt the RT is better, they had still planned to acquire a significant amount of these small tanks. It is a avenue we should explore and be useful if the national treasury suddenly cuts our funding.

 

The British Whippet appears to be an interesting tank, with a speed of almost twice that of the RT. I am convinced though that the future of tanks depend on fully rotating turrets and sprung suspension. I suggest we attempt to acquire a couple of Whippets and cut the fighting compartment down and replace them with 1 or 2 turrets. It is clear that the RT suspension reduces problem with the tanks maintenance and crew fatigue. Further developments should focus on suspension and the proper design of the turret.

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So what year is it in Tankovia? I wonder because there is this lunatic... er... genius ... er something American inventor who by the mid 20's was working on his prototype.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Walter_Christie

 

In the meantime, do we really need to worry about anti-armor capability? That's for the Artillery. Tanks need to shoot high explosive shells to support Infantry.

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I supported acquiring surplus 47mm naval guns and putting them on a local carriage. That would be able to deal with tanks up the late '30s quite well.

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I supported acquiring surplus 47mm naval guns and putting them on a local carriage. That would be able to deal with tanks up the late '30s quite well.

Possible on the whippets, but not the RT's

 

QF3pdrHotchkissRN1915.jpeg​

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There were Hotchkiss and Nordfelt, Nordfelt was quite more compact (but was L/26):

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There was also a Vickers, slimmed down Hotchkiss, that ended as an armament of the Vickers 12 t Medium.

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But I was thinking more of the infantry/AT guns. They had both useful HE and passable AP (about 40mm @ 100m for L/44 Hotchkiss). If we get Whippets FTs should be MG only and Whippet could mount a turret with a real gun and MG.

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Mechanization seems to be the future, and it's in fashion, after all, all the major powers are doing it. Given our limited economic resources, it would probably be best to send observers to anyone who will have us and monitor their developments while they spend the money and time to flesh out how best to use them, and figure out what evolutionary paths have potential and which will be dead ends. Then we can follow suit at a fraction of the price.

Meanwhile, the FT seems like an excellent general starting point and I'm proud to see with our 6 examples we have joined the ranks of the other great nations with all the prestige that goes along with it. Once crews are brought up to speed I imagine our boys will get right on learning how to incorporate them into our doctrine.

Long term though I absolutely feel it would be beneficial to invest in our national infrastructure which I feel will pay dividends in the coming decades if we are serious about incorporating tanks into our armed forces -- and by that, I mean brokering a license production deal for a further battalion worth of tanks and investing the money into building a factory to build them in Tankograd.

This will do several things for us -- expand the pool of mechanically minded men in the work force and give them hands on experience so we can learn how these tanks and engines are built. With the support of the boys at the Army Depot, it will allow us to make modifications to suit our needs in the near future, experiment with our own subsystems in the mid future, and perhaps one day even design our own engines and other vehicles in the long term. It would also stimulate the local economy, and when they're not making tanks the factory can produce motor vehicles or tractors to make lives easier for our farmers, which may even free up boys to go to school and apprentice with the mechanics.



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The Depot should also invest in some armoured cars as well. I recommend some of the excellent ideas currently being discussed at Rolls Royce. While I think 1-2 MG's will suffice, I will argue that they will soon need some method of destroying other armour and I recommend something along the lines of the German Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr, however it should not be single shot, but magazine feed, semi-auto. The Poles are apparently working on something, but I believe the calibre is rifle size and will have limited future growth.

 

As far as the anti-tank rifle is concerned, let's stick with a bolt action. Semi-auto is challanging enough in rifle caliber.

 

I'm not sure how much use armored cars are given the local roadnet but there is only one way to find out. In related matters, how about putting the FTs on flatcars and integrate them into armored trains?

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Armored cars (something simple, like French WW1 Renault/Peugeot - basically armored light truck with a pedestal mounted MG or small gun) can be fitted with rail wheels to use for patrolling railroad. They would be dirt chip after WW1. so small detachment of 6 would solve our RR security.

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Minor question. It appears that an automobile engine would suffice for power for early tanks. Is there a weight where this would not be beneficial? I think the U.S. went for an airplane radial engine in the Lee? Pluses and minuses of this? Also had a question on suspensions. What would work well for these early tanks? Was the U.S. the only one who used the volute system? When did welding begin to replace rivets?

Thank you from an ex-sailor.

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The Mark VIII tank used the V12 Liberty engine, so the use of aero engines is fairly early.

 

It's not easy to choose a specific weight at which you stop using a car engine and start looking at something else, not least because engine development in the inter war years was very fast paced.

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World of Tankovia!

 

 

I think this is actually a NC-2 since it has the Kegresse running gear. Nontheless tanks to World of Tanks, we have a Tankovian FT circa 1930. We are of course looking at casting our own turrets so the old riveted Berliet will go away.

 

Another area for improvement is the engine and transmission. Any suggestions? The base engine is off a passenger car.

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I was looking at this graphic and thinking of two areas of research:

 

1) buy a couple of those American Liberty Engines. They're cheap surplus and easy to build if we like them. Replace the current engine with it, extending the hull if necessary to fit it and and uprated transmission.

 

2) Build an armored "bubble" as it were to act as a barbette in front of the drivers compartment for a Lewis LMG in 7x57 that the driver can operate. Have it so it is fixed while driving and aimed by aiming the tank (perhaps an solenoid firing system with a button on top of the driver's control lever? It could be pulled back on a track to swap out the 97 round airborne drums or be used as a flexible mount when the vehicle is stationary.

 

The reason for this is to allow the turret mount 37 to concentrate on HE or AP targets more suitable to it.

 

The upgrades would allow us to keep them in service until at least 1935.

 

Pity there is no room for a wireless operator. Communications is still a bit problem.

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