A Visit to Latrun – a brief look at Israel’s armored corps history (I.)

Authors: Brenthos and Mich_TATEJlb (EU server)

Note: This is an article about a tank museum located in Israel, and thus, contains information regarding the Israeli armed forces and their history, as displayed there. The writers are Israeli, and, though doing their best to present the information in a historically objective manner, cannot change their life perspective. If such information may be offensive to you, please consider those facts before reading the article. If you still wish to read it, please bear in mind that sarcasm and black humor are mandatory characteristic of all Israelis.

Being Israeli residents that also play World of Tanks, and have wide interest in military history in general, quickly enough led us to go to the nearest place where we could see as much tanks as we could.

No, not Gaza Strip.

We went to the tank museum in Latrun instead. We have been there before, but we wanted to know more, learn something new and interesting, so we contacted the museum to ask for a VIP tour. We told them we play a tank game on the computer, and got connected to the whole subject of tanks. After a few days, we received a call from Michael Mass, the vice-manager of the association that runs the museum. He was brief: “The answer is yes. You wrote a serious request, and I’ll be more than happy to fulfill your curiosity.” Here is the place to say, that the date was set in the beginning of June, and in no way is connected to the currently going fighting in Gaza and southern Israel. Though, we did have to run to the shelter once during our visit.

Anyway, here is a “short” summary of the interesting information we have gathered there, expanded with some historically relevant information we were directed to, from Wikipedia in Hebrew.

The Museum

View of the Latrun police building and the memorial wall from one of the tanks on display. The Sherman on the tower that became the recognition sign of the museum can be seen on the right.

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View from the balcony on the roof of the police building. The Merkava display is on the right.

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New Wargaming TV Ad

So, this is an ad, intended for the Discovery Channel, it was recently linked on Challenger’s channel. Somehow, I think it sums up the company really well:

- “historically accurate” – WT E-100 says hi
- “sense of authenticity” – tanks stopping on the spot, jumping over one another, stuff from 60′s fighting Maus, very authentic
- “perfect detail” – yes, especially the non-HD models (95 percent of them)
- “you can’t win this game alone” – but unfortunately for you, it is infested with bots and noobs, so good luck
- “gameplay is tough” – the arty one in particular (one click wonder)
- “your mission just got more exciting, more dynamic” – yep, 10 minute El Halluf campfest or Komarin, very exciting
- “new high definition maps” – there aren’t any HD maps!
- “new historical battle modes” – there was one and it just got cancelled!
- “seriously intense battles” – in World of Advertisement, there is no camping
- “who’s gonna make the first move” – noone, everyone’s camping
- “be strategic, get in the mind of enemy” – they will move first, let’s camp!

This ad made me cringe and laugh at the same time. Wargaming, you can really do better than this…

On the positive side, I like how the King guy looks kinda badass like a trucker/biker/redneck, needs a Confederate flag though.

31.7.2014

- Q: “Why did the developers stop making teaser videos to come out before patches?” A (SerB): “How terrible”
- T32 will not be buffed (“it’s a nice heavy”)
- players are reporting all sorts of UI issues with 9.2 – the answer is the same: “delete old mods” (SS: and the answer on RU forums proves time and time again to be correct, judging from the reactions)
- tank profitability (credit making ability) was not nerfed in 9.2
- nerfed gold shells for FV215b (183) were sold for their purchase price for credits in 9.2
- T71 wasn’t “stealth nerfed” in 0.9.2
- developers are aware that patch 0.9.2 caused lags, they are working on their fix (SS: it is unclear whether this is related to the issue the 9.2 caused on RU server and that did not appear on EU or US servers, but looking at timestamps, it should be related to ongoing issues)

Straight Outta Supertest – Reworked M5 Stuart

Source: VK Wotleaks community

Hello everyone,

in 0.9.3, M5 Stuart will be reworked to HD. It will also be changed – it will lose the 75mm howitzer and the open top turret (unhistorical combo), instead, it will have a 37mm autoloaded gun, called T16.

Characteristics on supertest (with the 37mm autoloaded gun, elite configuration):

37mm T16
Penetration: 56/78/19 (same as the 37mm M6)
Damage: 40/40/50
DPM: 1190
Shells in clip: 5
Reload time between shells in clip: 0,674s
Reload time of magazine: 7,384s
Accuracy: 0,42
Aimtime: 1,7s
Depression: -10

Power-to-weight: 22,96
Engine power: 350hp
Hull traverse: 42
Terrain resistance: 0,863/0,959/1,822
Hitpoints: 340
Viewrange: 360
Weight: 15,246 tons

Summary: these data are preliminary, but it looks like quite a maneuverability nerf (vehicle got heavier, traverse reduced, worse passability), the top gun is practically equal to the pre-top, just with an autoloader and cca 10 percent more DPM.

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Error in 9.2 Patchnotes

Source: http://worldoftanks.eu/en/content/guide/release-notes/release-notes-92/

Hello, just a quick announcement. The (abovelinked) release notes have mistakes, they just copied the test 1 version and renamed it to release apparently. I noticed:

- Reload time for 12.8 cm Kanone L/61 gun for Waffenträger auf E 100 turret changed from 60s to 52s.

should be:

- Reload time for 12.8 cm Kanone L/61 gun for Waffenträger auf E 100 turret changed from 60s to 58s.

I’ll go through the post just in case, if there are other issues, I’ll post them later.

Introducing the Te-Ke

Hello everyone,

so, tomorrow, we are going to recieve the Wargaming Type 97 Te-Ke as a reward (nice to see that the yesterday’s event leak was accurate, which means the rest of it (events in entire August) likely also are).

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At first glance, it looks like a solid tier 2 tank. Thanks god it doesn’t have a “spitter” machinegun, but a relatively interesting 37mm cannon. Let’s have a look at it though to see how it’s doing.

Armor

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As you can see, the armor is not this vehicle’s strong side. After all, it’s a lowtier light tank, it’s not supposed to be a hulking unpenetrable fortress (unless of course it’s sold in gift editions, then it’s okay). Either way, the armor is pretty clear from the picture, not too much to tell about it. The armor is roughly comparable to other tier 2 gift tanks – the Tetrarch and T1E6, it’s a little thinner, but it hardly makes any real difference. The obvious idea would be not to shoot the well-sloped part, which in theory has decent effective armor, but the thing is, despite its good slope, it’s only 6mm thick and thus it will be triple-overmatched by pretty much everything except for the .50 cals and the 15mm BESA (and of course the 7,92mm, but that’s another story, given its penetration), so it is pretty much irrelevant. In armor, it’s the worst tank of the three, but again, on this tier it hardly matters (the slope can save you from some of the .50 cal bullets I guess). It’s worth noting that the T1E6 has worse side armor by a few milimeters.

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Soccer Mode in Numbers

Source: http://worldoftanks.ru/ru/news/pc-browser/1/tank_fifa_result/

Hello everyone,

Wargaming released an interesting overview of the Soccer fun mode on EU server, along with an interview with a developer Vladislav “_p0zzy_” Markov and with Dmitryi “MINSK_RED_DEVIL” Fedoruk (where are those guys getting these nicknames…) First, the numbers:

- the mode was played by 4.492.280 people (total servers combined)
- 58.963.245 battles were played in this mode (which is 71906 times more than the amount of matches in the World Cup, including the qualifiers)
- average duration of one battle was 6 minutes
- players recieved 39.805.641.000 XP from this mode (enough to unlock IS-7 37919 times over)
- on average, one player played 13 soccer matches
- the size of the soccer field was 300×200 meters
- the size of the goal was 40 meters
- the weight of the soccer “ball” was 500kg

(warning, big picture under the line)

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Wargaming Buying Crytek? Nope.

Thanks to Han_Sulu for this one.

Source: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/07/30/deep-silver-homeland-revolution-crytek-closure/

Hello everyone,

so, looks like that Wargaming buying Crytek rumor was really just a rumor. This time, Big Boss Kislyi apparently wasn’t leaving any horse heads in beds, because Crytek was basically bought off by the Deep Silver developer and publisher. In order to raise money to cover the admitted financial issues, Crytek sold off the Homefront franchise to Deep Silver. Furthermore, the Austin (Texas) studio is being closed and the UK studio went over to Deep Silver as well.

However, CryEngine is still available for licensing, so there is still a chance Wargaming will pick it for its future projects. If Crytek lasts that long that is.

Warsaw Uprising Project

Thanks to Gappa for this one.

Source: http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ct24/kultura/281713-filmove-rozpoznani-polaci-hledaji-ucastniky-varsavskeho-povstani/ (and various others)

Hello everyone,

the Polish Museum of Warsaw Uprising started an unique movie project. Check this out:

 

You think this was a new movie trailer? No. These were digitally reconstructed and colorized authentic document shots from the real Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The Museum decided to show one of the most tragic stories of the war from a different perspective. At the same time, the Museum is looking for the people from those movie reels – already dozens of people, who remember the uprising, have been found based on these previously unreleased movie reels, shot by Polish cameramen during the event.

Polish historians combined this material into a one-hour movie, introducing the audience to actual lives and actual people and their fates during and after the war. This movie was introduced to various cinemas and a search for people in it began, with success. For example today, Aleksander Zubek is a 87 year old man, but he recognized himself on these pictures. As a 15 year old, he took part in Polish training, that was caught on a camera. Historian Katarzyna Utracka added that according to the estimates, roughly 30 percent of people in the movie died during the uprising and the movie is showing the last days or hours of their lives.

The uprising started on 1.8.1944 and 200 thousand Polish people lost their lives during the brutal nazi suppression.

Straight Outta Supertest: Tier 5 KV-1S

Source: VK Wotleaks community

New tier 5 KV-1S. It won’t have the D-25 anymore, only a HE howitzer (like the KV-1). Characteristics:

Top gun: 85mm S-31
Penetration: 119
Damage: 160
DPM: 2002
Reload time: 4,795 seconds
Accuracy: 0,4
Aim time: 2,6
Depression: -3,5

Engine: 600hp
Power to weight: 13,62
Weight: 44,045 tons
Hull turnrate: 30
Hitpoints: 660
Viewrange: 320

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