Monday, 2 March 2015
Andrei Ulanov posted an interesting note listing some requests by front line soldiers.
"The self propelled German gun penetrates a T-34 at a range of 2 kilometers. To combat it, a portion of the tanks (every tenth) must mount the 85 mm anti-tank gun (equal in power to the German gun). It is also necessary to add armour to the front of the hull and turret to increase it to a combined thickness of 250-300 mm, and increase the top of the hull and turret to 100 mm.
A drawback of the T-34's design is the roof of the engine compartment, which allows setting the tank on fire with incendiary fluid. I suggest that air intake should be done from behind the armour, removing any openings from the top, which will significantly increase its resistance to incendiary bottles and small bombs.
The second drawback is the turret produced at the Stalingrad factory, which can have its cheek knocked out by an armour piercing shell. The Tagil factory turret has no such defect, and is significantly more robust.
The third drawback is weak protection of the fuel tanks. I suggest that in order to prevent fires, they should have armour screens to reduce the chance of fire. It would be better to place the tanks on the floor. In both cases, they should be protected by 100-150 mm of spaced armour. 98% of unrecoverable losses consist of burned up tanks."
Since the document is dated September 1942, the German SPG in question is not the Ferdinand, as one could have thought when faced with a request for a ridiculously armoured tank destroyer. I can only imagine T-34-85BMs with 300 mm of armour on the front, immune to bombs and anti-tank guns, hitting the battlefield in 1942. The Tiger would turn green from jealousy.