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    Post What Was the Best Armor of WWII?

    What are your opinions on the best armor of the second world war. Was German armor superior (any true german knows it was) But if you dissagree thrill me with your assumptions.
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    Post Re: Superior German Armor

    Originally posted by WaffenSS
    What are your opinions on the best armor of the second world war. Was German armor superior (any true german knows it was) But if you dissagree thrill me with your assumptions.
    x_p Oops. Sorry, guys. I was going to respond to Waffen SS tonight but wanted some notes while I was thinking about it. If the mods want to take this mess down, I perfectly understand. Otherwise, I'll try to clean it up tonight.

    Class vs. class, or across the board? (Light, medium, heavy - T-34, classed as "medium" probably superior to Panther, ,main German medium. Esp. before Germans had diesel engine versions. IIRC, T-34 vs. Mk IVs was slaughter...of GERMANS)

    Tanks that only saw very limited action? (US Pershing - introduced only in 1945...possibly superior to most Tiger versions, been awhile since I looked it up. But they DID see some action.)

    Ease of manufacture and maintenance? (Shermans, while tin cans on treads....over 80,000 produced! Rarely broke down, either. T-34s also easily produced and low maintenance. NO German tanks were...See Speer's biography for his frustrations over this)

    In all situations? (Speer again...Records horror of reports of Shermans going up and down hills in Italy like billygoats, terrain where Tigers and Panthers confined strictly to roads. Plus, the so called "Rhinos," Shermans skunkworked with iron "spears" to rip through the "bocage" following D-Day. Decisive instrument, there. Again, German armor [what was left of it, thanx to artillery and tiffys] again stuck on the roads.)

    Armor and firepower are important, but they ain't everything. Did this rough and ready, am at work and busy. Lemme know how you wanna slice it. This could get inneresting. Set the scenario.

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    ****Rough notes for later, if this "debate" gets pursued***
    ***No need to read this, but have fun deciphering***
    ***Remember, you were warned ha ha ha***

    Doubt these'll make much sense to anyone, just rough thoughts that occurred to me. Stuff to think about only, that I wanted written down so I wouldn't forget.

    If it's a heads up, gun to gun battle w/ armor w/out air support against say, the heavier model Tigers, I must concede, BUT must point out that this happened very rarely. Shortly after D-Day USAAF Gen. Quetzal (sp? first hispanic general, IIRC) pushed for and got radios into Shermans, to do nothing but call death down on Jerry. Not much a tank w/no air support can do vs. air to ground rockets. Even a Tiger.

    I know next to nothing about the British "funnies", (flame throwing tanks) their Cromwell and Churchill, either. Suspect were inferior, but should look. Not manufactured in large quantities, I know that.

    Also, Nip & Italian tanks were garbage, even tho' the Nips shocked the British by gettin' them through the jungle when capturing Singapore. Hmmm...maybe I should see what I can find on Nip tanks. For all I know maybe was the superior "light" tank, even though they got smoked by the Soviets in '38. Doubt very much the Nips had mediums or heavies.

    Italian tanks were crap. Don't waste time looking.

    Tiffys = Hawker Typhoons - Why do the British love such stupid nicknames? Ugly plane, possibly first true "tank killer"? The Jerries didn't know what hit 'em...US Hellcats also fired rockets, I think. But only remember them as carrier launched in Pacific theater. Christ, who cares if your armor is superior if it's reduced to a moving target in a shooting gallery? Rommell knew this.
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    Indeed this could get interesting. You seem to know your WWII history. Its so nice to deal with intelligent people. Anyways, for the moment lets concentrate on heavy tanks, my favorite of course being the Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger II or King Tiger. while amazingly underpowered and plagued by mechaninchal problems there were few tanks that were a match for it. Patton said that he on several occasions would send out 5 or your M4 "Shermans" to knock out 1 Koenigstiger. And then expect to lose 4 of them. the "88" was possibly the best armor to armor gun used in WWII. But the Tiger II was Plaqued with mechanical problems because of it being rushed into service. The 1st prototypes appeared in December of '43. Not sure of the exact date. It was also drastically underpowered, it used the same engine as the Tiger I ( the Maybach HL210P45 V-12 developing only 700 bhp) This was wholly inadequete for the nearly 70 ton Tiger II. but on the battlefield when workinbg it was a dream. the '88' could slice through a 'Shermans' armor easily. There were never any confirmationes of a Tiger II being destroyed (By another tank) through its frontal armor. which was approximately 150mm thick. Please let me know your favorite heavy tank and how the matched up evenly to my "Tiger II" without air support.
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    My understanding(a humble one)is that the german tank knocked out up to three times its number on the eastern front,much credit must of course go to the german crews who i feel were superior technically minded.My favourite is the tiger,its armour and firepower range were simply next to none.
    Anti tank weapon of course the 88.
    All considered the german army would have been unbeatable if fighting on one front with all resources,against either side.
    Must have a look through my Heinz Guderian book,Panzer.In my opinion he is simply the genius of the tank,he,in a supreme command position even after stalingrad would of bled russia to a stalemate.
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    What a pity such a beautifull army was wasted at certain points and eventually lost,they deserved better.
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    I agree with you compltely, Especally on the point of Heinz Guderian
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    Question Interesting stuff.

    One last question before I put on my thinking cap vis a vis "favorite" tanks. Are the production figures listed on this site even REMOTELY close to being accurate? If so, I don't see how anyone can declare the "King Tiger" a favorite tank. It was simply produced in such limited quantities (if these figures are correct!) that I fail to see how they could have been decisive on either the Western or Eastern fronts.

    The production figures are at the bottom of each page.

    USA tanks sherman/pershing
    http://www.wwiivehicles.com/html/usa/m4_sherman.html

    This site says 50,000, not 80,000. I wonder where I read 80,000?

    http://www.wwiivehicles.com/html/usa/m26_pershing.html

    Threw in the Pershing for laughs. Why even BOTHER to introduce a new tank in February 1945? Unless somebody at the pentagon agreed with Patton's idea to go straight thru to Moscow? eyes: No way the American or British public would've put up with that, unfortunately.

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    USSR T-34
    http://www.wwiivehicles.com/html/ussr/t34_85.html

    (Note: I'm uncertain how to read the "numbers produced" at the bottom here. I think they're referring to BOTH the model 76 and model 85. The T-34/76 has its own page, without production figures given.)

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    Panther
    http://www.wwiivehicles.com/html/germany/pzkpfw_v.html
    Tiger
    http://www.wwiivehicles.com/html/ger...zkpfw_vie.html
    King or Royal Tiger
    http://www.wwiivehicles.com/html/ger...zkpfw_vib.html

    My specific complaint about the "King Tiger" is the same one I directed at the US Pershing. Too late on the scene, and produced in too little numbers to be truly decisive. All Tigers produced numbered WAY less than 5,000? Probably closer to 3,000? Only about 1,300 King Tigers? Footnote status. Little more than a prototype...certainly compared to ~ 50,000 Shermans and ~ 30,000 T-34s.

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    Pass the Stoli, Comrade. If the above holds up in essentials, I'm probably going with the T-34. It was produced in large numbers, got the job done, etc.

    However, I'll cheerfully bump it for the King Tiger if someone can show me that the site I'm citing is full of beans. It was one helluva tank.

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    Yes, I agree with you on the point that it was introduced to late to be affective, and as with most of the Superior German weapons ie. the ME-262 Schwalbe, it was produced in to few numbers to be affective. However the Tiger II was Just so damn good. Despite its problems there werent many times it was defeated in a 1 on 1 engagement. the Pershing had the same problem, Being introduced too late. And for the record in agreed with Pattons idea of pushing on to Moscow. But thats in the past now and cannont be changed as much as i wish it could. I wonder if the M-26 Pershing and the Tiger II ever faced eachother on the Battlefield. That would be interesting to see what was the better tank. Unfortunentally the American air support and the Sturmovik's in Russia undoubtedly put a hell of a dent in the German Panzer divisions. But other than that in an even engagement it would have been nearly impossible to beat them. If you know anything of the Ardennes Offensive (better known as the battle of the bulge) if it hadnt been for the German fuel shortage, And if the bad wheather would have held effectively grounding the USAAF and RAF the Germans could have retaken Paris, and possibly pushed the Allied forces back across the English Channel. But enough hypothosizing, in essence the Tiger II was just a hellofa Tank
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    1 on 1 engagements,i have recently seen an episode on the discovery channel(about the only watchable channel on the boob tube)of the german tiger in battle on the eastern front,there have been recorded instances were 1 tiger had knocked out 5 and even 6 T34!

    Amazing!
    Germany was beaten by weight of numbers,one certainty,the western allies on their own would never of beaten her.If D day dig not work another would of been postponed for another year,by then,who knows what new weapons Germany would of had.
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    I ahve to agree with you, Germany was beaten by weight of numbers. In a fair engagement NO army was a match for the might of the Wehrmacht.
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    Post Fair Fight?

    There's no such thinig as a fair fight, never has been ,
    never will . War is a dirty business. WW2 total war with
    the whole population playing their part. Anyway the Battle for production
    on the Home front in numbers mattered . as in the
    mass production T34s. Germany's Industrial battle
    was lost a long time before the Bitter-end.
    A miracle needed .The limited
    fuel reserves and fluids to keep its mechanized Divisions
    going they where aware of. The Germans failed to
    knock the Soviets out of the War in the first three
    months of operation Barbarossa.
    Hitler's Gambling did not pay off. Napoleon's
    grande Armee suffered the same fate. Its not just
    super armour thats going to win but Brains and Tactics:chill
    oh well The aryans fell. sometimes History can get
    depressing. What if Bio-Chemical wonder weapons,
    could have changed Germany's fate who knows
    its all history, Learn from it. 88 JAB
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