Japanese TD line proposal, Part III: premium candidates

Part I: https://thearmoredpatrol.com/2017/06/10/japanese-td-line-proposal-part-i/

Part II: https://thearmoredpatrol.com/2017/06/13/japanese-td-line-proposal-part-ii-tier-vi-x/

Hello again! I am sorry for being very late. I tried to finish the third part a week after the second one. However, I felt unmotivated to do so. After that happened many times, I eventually simply forgot about it. I am sorry if you have waited for so long, but better late than never, right?

Anyways, this is the third part of the Japanese TD line proposal. We handled the main branch in the last two parts. In this part, we will look at the potential premium candidates. While there has been lots of controversy with the premium vehicles recently, there is no arguing that there should be at least one crew trainer for each branch. Fortunately, there are quite a few premium TDs for the Japanese TD branch.

Chi-Ha long 12 cm SP (tier 6-7)

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The OP Tanks of the Past (part 1/2):

Written by VeroxGaming for TAP:

Hello TAP! In this 2 part article series I‘ll be covering once OP tanks in WoT, that have since been nerfed and are no longer regarded as being OP. The tanks will be listed going up from Tiers 1 to 10. Without wasting time, let’s begin!

P.S. This is my first ever article I‘ve wrote, if the quality of the article is bad, I sincerely apologize.

Tier 1:

T1 Cunningham:

Still widely regarded as the best tier 1 tank, the T1 Cunningham was once completely overpowered as it had access to the 20mm Hispano-Suiza Birkigt autocannon. Also being quite nimble and quick, the tank was a favourite for company battles, as only one tier 1 tank could be picked.

With a clip size of 15, shell intraclip time of 0,1s and full clip reload time of 7,7s,
the gun was capable of mowing down tier 1 and even most tier 2 tanks with single clip.
As average tier 1 tanks health is around 120, with full clip potential being 180, it was possible to
destroy a tier 1 tank and still have shells left in clip to severely (around 50% of health) damage another one.
The gun was removed with update 9.14
It‘s worth noting that 37 mm M1924 has also been nerfed for being too good, the clip size has been reduced from 5 to 3, as the gun also had the capability to utterly demolish other tier 1 peers.
Lets move on to tier 2, we meet the little devil of the tier;

Tier 2:
The menace of tier 2 – T18:

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Hungary’s Famous Fake Tank Destroyer

Written by Károly “Karika” Németh of Tanks Encyclopedia

Tas rohamlöveg mockup by Á. Bíró
Tas rohamlöveg mockup by Á. Bíró.

Introduction

After the end of the Second World War, under the soon established communist regime in Hungary, it was unwise (and unrequested) to publicly talk about any involvement in the military developments of the previous, condemned era. Therefore, the designers of the Hungarian 44M. Tasheavy/medium tank also chose to remain silent and its history soon faded away.

Nobody bothered to research the history of the Hungarian tanks and armored fighting vehicles until the late 1970’s, the time when most of the primary sources, the key people involved in it had already passed away. This made it even harder for the new generation of historians to form a coherent story because most of the time they had to rely on the few remaining, sometimes contradictory written documents or on the memories of the people who only played a minor role in the stream of events.

Consequently, because of the lack of primary sources, some outdated books and articles falsely claim that a self-propelled gun on a Tas chassis would also have been designed in parallel with the 44M. Tas development.

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Toldi páncélvadász: The Hungarian Marder

Written by Károly Németh a.k.a. Karika on Tanks Encyclopedia. Here is a link to Karika’s 44M. Tas article.

The Toldi páncélvadász was a tank destroyer prototype that did not enter production or service with the Royal Hungarian Army during World War Two. The designers choose to use the obsolete Toldi I light tank chassis on which to mount a large, powerful and heavy 75 mm (2.95 in) anti-tank gun. The chassis however could not cope with the additional weight when crossing rough country so the design was rejected in the end.

Authentic photo of the Toldi páncélvadász
The only known authentic photograph of the ‘Toldi páncélvadász’, a Toldi light tank based self-propelled tank hunter in the courtyard of the Hungarian Institute of Military Technology (Haditechnikai Intézet, HTI) in the spring of 1944.


Illustration by David Bocquelet

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44M. Tas: Panther’s Hungarian Cousin

Written by Károly Németh a.k.a. Karika on Tanks Encyclopedia.

Introduction

By early 1943, due to the heavy casualties and overall bad experiences gained on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union, it became clear to the leaders of the Royal Hungarian Army that their armored units had become almost hopelessly obsolete. The Hungarian forces were in dire need for better equipment, especially medium/heavy tanks which would be able to compete against the Soviet T-34 and KV series of tanks.

To resolve this issue as soon as possible, the Hungarians first turned to their ally, Germany. They asked if they could buy the manufacturing rights for one of Germany’s more advanced tanks, for example a late Panzer IV variant with the long 75 mm (2.95 in) gun or the Panzer V Panther. The Germans turned down this wish in a short time, firstly because these variants were in an immature state at the time and secondly, they were fully aware – unlike the over-optimistic Hungarian military leaders – that the Hungarian heavy industry would not have been able to manufacture such sophisticated designs in the foreseeable future anyway.

Soon after the failed negotiations, the Hungarian Ministry of Defense (Hadügyminisztérium, HM) decided to solve the problem domestically. In April 1943, as a temporary solution, the HM started a modernization program for the Turán tanks. This program would add bolt on armor plates to increase its frontal protection and would mount the long barrel 43M. 75 mm tank gun in a new enlarged turret. This project become the 43M. Turán III.

However, as a long-term solution in the same month the HM commissioned the Weiss Manfréd corporation (WM) to lay out and assemble a new type of tank as a replacement for the obsolescent Turán series. The new vehicle should have been able to carry a high velocity tank gun and have similar protection and mobility characteristics as the Soviet T-34 or the German Panther. This new project has become the 44M. Tas.


Illustration of the TAS 44M in what-if camouflage by David Bocquelet

It was named after chieftain Tas, a historical figure who – according to tradition – was one of the leaders of the seven Hungarian tribes in the 9th century.

The preliminary blueprints for the Tas prototypes were ready in record time, by the end of August 1943.

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The great rework of the Japanese heavy line – is it possible and how can we do it?

UPDATED with fixed grammar.

The Japanese heavies. Probably one of the most controversial line of tanks in the game after artillery. Both hated and loved, maybe more hated than loved. A very common subject to talk about, discuss and even whine about. But why?

Japanese heavies are very, very unique vehicles. Multiturretted, and some of them are the biggest tanks in the game with very odd looks and huge guns. There are no such vehicles in the game, neither design-wise or gameplay-wise. The French super-heavies, which have been close to be introduced multiple times, are probably the closest you can get to these.

That being said, having such a unique line of monstrosities can cause problems, however. These are the main reasons which cause controversy among Japanese heavies:

1) Armor with no weakspots (which encourages premium ammo and in return becomes weak after gold begins to flow at them and worse yet, they lack the ability to angle for most part expect for Type 5 Heavy after 9.17.1)

2) Derp guns, makes them even more “noob-friendly”, though this wouldn’t be as bad of a point if they didnt have such armor that makes you want to just sit in the open.

3) Historical accuracy (ERMAHGERD JAPANESE TANKS SUCKED @SS IRL, NO WAI JAPANESE DESIGNED SUPER-HEAVIES, WHY THEY INTRODUCED STUPID NAPKIN TANKS!!1!!11!!ELEVEN!)

4) Other things (arty magnet, gold magnet, O-Ho’s 10cm or Type 4/5 being poor, unfun to play before buffs, Type 4/5 derp gun being pay to win gun etc etc…)

If we want to fix the line in the first place, we have to take a good look at these problems. The second point is especially common problem with the recent armor buffs. This kind of armor with the lack of proper weakspots, sometimes known as “retard-proof armor”, did major debut with the introducion of Japanese heavy tanks in 2015.

Before we start, lets jump back in time.

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