WoT: 20 Obscure Tank Facts

Taken from the official WoT NA portal

A selection of the most obscure bits of knowledge – because you can never know too much about tanks.

1. The Word “Tank”

During World War I, the British “Landships Committee” changed their title to keep their new vehicles secret and not so obvious. They went with “water carriers” and “tanks.” That’s also why tanks have so many “nautical” component names, such as bow, hatch, hull, and sponson.

2. Owner’s Manuals

Much like today’s electronics or Swedish furniture, every Tiger and Panther came with an owner’s manual peppered with cartoony illustrations.

3. “In the Mood”

The name of the most dangerous Sherman in World War II.

4. Made for Walkin’

Artificial leather coverings from the seats of Russia’s Sherman (Sherman Loza) made excellent boots if the tanks were left unguarded.

5. Speak Not of the Apricot

Apricots are not allowed on, near, about, or within a one-mile radius of American tanks. Even the word “apricot” is forbidden. It’s a superstitious tradition that started in WWII with the U.S. Marine Amtracks.

6. Electric Starter Motors

Though these motors were common in tanks by WWII, they were backup devices in many tanks (such as Germany’s), or used if the engine was already warm.

7. No A/C!

Advanced modern tanks like the Abrams don’t have air conditioning for the crew. (Though the latest model has a “Thermal Management System” to keep the computers cool in the desert.)

8. Dance Party

The same modern tanks can support an MP3 player for piping tunes (or audiobooks) through the intercom system.

9. Hold Your Nose!

When escape hatches were removed from the floors of tank designs, shell casings were used for the, er, “facilities.” Then once combustible casings came on the scene, the duty was left to MRE bags.

10. Turbine Engines

The first production tank to use a turbine engine was the Strv-103. The T-80 was next, then the Abrams.

11. Multinational Tanks

Modern tanks are somewhat multinational – Abrams has an American engine, a German main gun, British armor, Belgian machineguns, a Canadian fire control system, and the crews carry Italian side arms.

12. Long-Range Record

The longest known range where a tank destroyed another tank was 5,300m, achieved in 1991 by a British Challenger 1 firing APFSDS at a T-55.

13. Going to the Beach

To handle problems with transporting and landing tanks onto beaches, the U.S. built an LST (Landing Ship Tank) in Fort Knox, Kentucky. It still stands today, known as “the LST Building.”

14. The Sum of Its Parts

A typical M4A4 Sherman has 4,537 parts: 1,269 made by Chrysler, 3,268 by subcontractors.

15. Tank Parents

The Father of the U.S. Tank Corps is Samuel D. Rockenbach. The Father of the Armored Force is Adna R. Chaffee Jr. The Father of Tanks is Jean Baptiste Estienne. There is no known mother. Except, of course for “Mother;” the British Mark I.

16. Dirty Dozen

With a 12-person crew, the French Char 2C was the largest operational tank ever made.

17. Thunderbolt

The Abrams tank is named for then-Colonel Creighton Abrams. Though, for the record, his tank’s name was “Thunderbolt.”

18. Stopping the Maus

The Maus was the only tank where its production was completely stopped by a strategic bombing campaign.

19. Hellcat Suspension

The man responsible for the M18 Hellcat’s torsion bar suspension, Robert Schilling of G.M. Research, served in Germany’s submarine service in WWI.

20. The Least Known Fact of All

Tanks are actually air-droppable. Once.

18 thoughts on “WoT: 20 Obscure Tank Facts

  1. 12. Long-Range Record

    The longest known range where a tank destroyed another tank was 5,300m, achieved in 1991 by a British Challenger 1 firing APFSDS at a T-55.
    Meanwhile in WOT I should fire blind over 564 meters and cannot do anything to anyone over 700 or something meters. Atleast increase these numbers by reasonable 10-20 persent, so TD’s could be viable option in open maps.


        1. I completely agree, no view range limitation would mean that the whole team is camping, waiting for someone to get spotted, which makes the enemy players afraid to move up aswell. View range limitation is crucial and removing or extending it would break some maps.


  2. 18. Stopping the Maus

    The Maus was the only tank where its production was completely stopped by a strategic bombing campaign.

    What about the 44M TAS?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Perhaps they meant that the bombing campaign was aimed specifically to stop the production of the Maus, while the factory that was responsible for the production of the Tas was bombed because of other reasons in mind.


  3. They got it wrong in the first question already… you have so many nautical terms because the navy was researching the possibilities of making “landships”… but what can you expect from WG na…


    1. It’s half correct, the assembly crews were told they were making water carriers or water tanks which is where the name came from. The nautical terms were because they were originally designed as “land battleships.”


      1. it’s still missing a point… the reason why it was called a landship is because the involvment of the navy, everything else derives from that fact. And btw a half correct fact is still wrong.


  4. ssq is nearer the mark here. Nautical terms are used because the chairman of the Landships Committee, appointed by First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill, was Sir Eustace Tennyson d’Eyncourt, the Director of Naval Construction. He naturally used nautical expressions as a matter of course, since his main occupation was designing warships. The word “tank” was adopted because “landship” and “machine gun destroyer” were thought to be too obvious. Ernest Swinton claims to have come up with the name, but it seems likely that he was influenced by the workers at the Foster factory, where the first prototype was built. Unaware of its true purpose, they referred to the large steel box they were building as “the tank.”


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