first, a quick explanation what this post will be about. About a week ago, we had a bit of an Skype conversation with David “Listy” Lister – just some friendly jabs from my side about the Churchill not being exactly a stellar design. Listy, the British fan he is – of course started to defend the Churchill and from this discussion came an idea – let’s make it a trial and let YOU, the people, decide.
So, here’s how it’s going to work – the rules:
I am going to write a text (an “accusation”) about my opinion on the Churchill and why it wasn’t a good tank design. Listy is going to write his “defense” and send it to me for publication in this very same post. I do not know what he is going to write and I won’t know until I open his e-mail. He doesn’t know what I am going to write either (of course, based on the argument, we both have a rough idea about the matter though). I post both arguments at the same time and then there will be a poll about who is right and YOU, the people, will decide:
Was Churchill a good tank design, or was it in fact a piece of (s)crap?
there seem to be a lot of weird myths going around the FV4004 “Conway” and the FV4005 Stage 2 (calling them “tier 10 KV-2″ for example), so let’s have a look at the data we know about them. These data are based on original archive reports. One was dug up by David “Listy” Lister, the other by Ogopogo (US server). All the credits go to them. Unfortunately, I cannot publish the original reports, that’s up to the guys.
CounterMAN from the Vietnamese community on ASIA forums contacted me with his rather interesting article about the deployment of the M24 Chaffee during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Here it is. I took the liberty of fixing some of the worst typos and mistranslations (the article was originally in Vietnamese).
About the French’s tank on A1 hill – Dien Bien Phu – M24 chaffee
On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory 05/07/1954 – 05/07/2014, VietNam Community Team proudly present the article about “the witness of history”, still lying around Muong Thanh field, Dien Bien Phu – M24 Chaffee, American light tank, supplied to the French Army.
The Light Tank M24 was an American light tank used during World War II and in postwar conflicts, including the Korean War and was used by the French in the war in Algeria and the First Indochina War. In British service, it was given the service name Chaffee, after the United States Army General Adna R. Chaffee, Jr., who helped to develop the use of tanks in the United States armed forces.
Thanks to Branwen_lj (from world-of-ru) for posting this video and to others for linking me the story earlier.
Is the Oculus Rift (VR goggles) the future of tank simulation? The Norewegian army certainly thinks so. They built a vehicle, that can be driven “buttoned up” using only relatively cheap cameras, PC and Oculus Rift, giving the driver a 180 or so degree field of view, composed from the images of the cameras. The price for this solution is the driver getting tired quicker due to the artificial nature of the images, which I assume will be a problem in gaming as well. Personally, I can’t imagine using Oculus Rift on regular basis (even if I had it and the rig to support it), because I actually do get headaches even from watching 3D movies in cinema. I assume the strain on the eyes won’t be much different.
As for Wargaming and World of Tanks, as far as I recall, the official stance, confirmed by Big Boss Viktor Kislyi during the WGL finals in Poland is that this technology is viable for World of Tanks only when it gets mass-produced and spread (hundreds of thousands to millions of pieces). I guess we’ll just have to wait.
Fourth part of the Wargaming series with Russian veteran memories about the Second World War. This time with former radio and telegraph operator Vasilij Yakovlevich Goncharov, who will talk about his job as a radio operator of the combat unit and his trial by fire during the Lake Balaton operation.
English subtitles are available.
Vasilij Yakovlevich Goncharov served the entire war in the 1st Mechanized Corps of the 9th Zaporozhie Guards Tank Brigade (holders of Order of Kutuzov and Order of Suvorov) in a communications platoon and company. While working as a telephone operator during the fights around the city of Székesfehérvár from 28th of January to 4th of February 1945, he kept the line open between the battalion and brigade HQ working constantly under heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire. During one day of fighting, he personally repaired the phone line 20 times, allowing the troops to be commanded smoothly. For making a difference in the Balaton fighting, he recieved an Order of the Red Star.
Please pay attention: This is the third time I am leaving the comments open. This man is a veteran, who fought in the actual war and whatever you think about Russia, he deserves respect. Last time, I asked you and I am asking you again not to bash Russians, Ukraine, Crimea, Stalin and whatever here, keep that stuff for the time when Wargaming decides yet again to promote Stalin somewhere. If you can’t keep yourself from this at least this time, I will not only start handing out RO bans (or permabans in worst cases), but next time, the comments will be closed.
today, we are going to take a look at how the Firefly line could look. After all, both Storm and EU representatives confirmed that this line will come this year.
But before we start: Please keep in mind that no composition has been officially confirmed and no ETA is currently known, other than it will not be in 9.1 or 9.2 (as far as I know, even developers aren’t sure when exactly will it come). Thus, it’s completely pointless to ask “when will it come” in comments.
Got it? Okay, let’s have a look at it. Now, normally, the composithe only thing that we actually do know about this line is that it will have Firefly in it and it will end with a tier 10. Other than that, nothing. Earlier, it was referred to (probably incorrectly) as a “Lend-Lease” line, but despite the claims of the “LL models being ready for quite some time already”, I find that not very likely that it will in fact really be a line, defined by the “lend-lease” vehicles (or “Commonwealth” ones, like the Sentinel).
as you already know, there is a competition running this month, awarding those, who manage to get 75k XP for every nation within the time limit with the tier 8 premium Super Pershing tank. But which tanks should a player use for this undertaking? Which will gain you statistically most XP?
I took these numbers and tables straight from Vbaddict – there are a lot more statistics there to find if you like this sort of stuff (despite Storm debunking these statistics as inaccurate, I guess they can be used at least as guidelines, if not accurate values), but what we are interested right now is the amount of XP gained by each respective tank.
The tanks have to be regular and between tier 4 and 8, the first number is amount of battles taken into account, the second is the average XP per battle. Red colored name means that the tank is of tier 9 or 10 and thus unavailable for the event.
as you probably know already, RU, SEA and EU servers have Super Pershing missions, US server has a T34 mission with the requirement of 100k XP per nation instead of 75k. Not bad! But… US server also has some very stronk (or trollish) art department. I will just leave the banner for the operation here, as visible on the page linked above…