CoD5/WAW Tank Notes

December 31, 2008

Tank Notes:

As one should expect, the side armor is slightly weaker then the front armor and the rear armor is slightly weaker then the sides. It appears that the top armor, especially above the engine deck, and the belly armor are the weakest spots. This is good stuff and I’m glad to see it accurately portrayed.

If Worm would stop killing me I’d confirm the top armor theory.

German tank is the PzKW IVH medium tank. Side skirts covering the tracks and turret bustle are designed primarily to protect the tracks from shaped charge weapons (rockets). The main gun is a medium velocity 75mm. During WW2 the Germans made more Mark IV’s (and their many variants) then any other tank. The Panther (PzKW V) was supposed to replace the Mark IV, but never really did. Although the German game tank MG’s are listed as MG-42’s all Wermacht production armored vehicles came from the factories with MG-34’s. This isn’t a big deal as it was very common for the crews themselves to field modify their panzers including substituting -42’s, for obvious reasons. I’ve seen pictures of at least one King Tiger (PzKW VI) mounting two MG-34’s and a single MG-42 on the turret top (Allied air power was much feared by then). The modeling on this tank is very good, even the size appears to be very close.

Russian tank is a T-34/76C (in theory). Turret and frontal armor are shaped or modeled slightly wrong, but every single factory that built T-34’s each built their T-34 slightly different from all the others, so uniformity of appearance shouldn’t be expected. Rear hull view is spot on. The main gun is a medium velocity 76mm. Tank appears to have extra armor blocks over most of its surfaces that look strongly like modern explosive reactive armor blocks (ERA). Obviously they aren’t explosive blocks or we’d all have noticed very quickly. In game this extra armor may be to offset the Mark IV’s side skirts and turret bustle. Many (probably most by wars end) T-34/76C’s did have additional armor plates welded to them so this isn’t unrealistic either.

The Russian tank in the solo player mission “Blood and Iron” is the OT-34 variant of the T-34/76C with a flamethrower replacing the bow MG. At least two of the enemy tanks in that mission are PzKW V Panthers and the wreckage of several PzKW VI King Tigers is visible scattered in different places throughout the mission.

Speaking of MG’s; It is entirely possible that Lend-Lease Browning M-1917 30cal MG’s were mounted on T-34’s, but fairly unlikely as most, if not all of the Lend Leased M-1917’s came already mounted on US made vehicles or aircraft. The actual machineguns mounted on T-34s were the SGMT version of the SG-43. Early versions of the T-34 had no turret top MG and a Model 1910 Maxim (minus water cooling jacket) in the bow and co-axial positions. For game purposes the Russian SGMT and the US Model-1917 are close enough in characteristics to make no difference.

The Japanese tanks seen in various Pacific missions appear to be the Type 97. The Type 97 was a complete piece of crap, totally inferior to the US Sherman, although it could hold its own against the equally inferior Stuart light tank. 50cal bullets could (and did) gouge deep holes in its thin riveted armor and cause the rivet heads to break off and ricochet around the interior of the tank, killing and injuring the crew. Its 47mm main gun was too small to penetrate the frontal armor of the Shermans and T-34s it faced. Type 97s were usually dug in as static pillboxes, or used up in banzai charges.

*At the time of this posting the Wiki links are accurate enough for our purposes.

Vengence Overdue

December 27, 2008

Samael – Rain

Gaza is getting what it has long deserved. The residents of Gaza wanted this, voted for this, demanded this.

Reap what you have sown.

HAMAS must die. All of it.

Tool – Right In Two

December 20, 2008

If You Have To Ask Why…

December 19, 2008

…you’ll never understand the answers.


In Other Words

December 17, 2008

Sonata Arctica – Don’t Say a Word.

Are we detecting a theme here?

W.A.S.P. My Tortured Eyes

December 16, 2008

Kill yourself- So I’ll never see you again.


Bullets, Beans, and Water

December 15, 2008

Logistically Speaking.

November 10, 2008

Taliban hijack NATO convoy in Pakistan.

November 16, 2008

Pakistan closes border crossing to NATO traffic.

November 17, 2008

Pakistan reopens Khyber crossing to NATO convoys.

December 2, 2008

Pakistani Taliban hit NATO convoys for third consecutive day.

December 7, 2008

Taliban storm two Peshawar trucking terminals, 160 NATO vehicles torched.

December 8, 2008

Taliban destroy 50 NATO supply trucks in third attack in Peshawar.

December 12, 2008

Taliban attack two shipping terminals in Peshawar.

December 13, 2008

Taliban destroy NATO trucks, supplies in Peshawar.

It’s time to withdraw from Afghanistan.


Have We Been Here Before?

December 14, 2008

Why Do We Need Aircraft Carriers?

December 14, 2008


Why do we need aircraft carriers? One possible (and fictional for the moment) scenario:


Shortly after the fall of Peshawar to the Taliban, fellow religious extremists take control of the Pakistani government and military, openly.


The new Pakistani government closes the port city of Karachi to US shipping and blocks all further ground supply through Pakistan to US forces in Afghanistan. Although Russia and its protectorates will allow food and water to be shipped through its territory, they will not allow fuel, weapons, or ammo to be shipped.


Some 50,000 or more US and allied troops are trapped, now reduced mostly to the areas in and around the cities of Kabul and Kandahar and their adjacent airfields, which are the only two airfields in Afghanistan capable of handling the US C-5 and C-17 heavy transport aircraft.


The Pakistani government blocks overflight rights to all US aircraft. At first the US government ignores Pakistan’s air closure, 24 hours later a Pakistani F-16 shoots down a US C-17 near Chagi on the Pakistani border with Afghanistan. Later on the same day a C-130 taking off from Kandahar receives a radar lock on warning and returns to the airbase with an escort of Dutch F-16’s, all further US transport flights into and out of Afghanistan are grounded. The US government demands an apology and re-opening of the flight routes. Pakistan apologizes and grants renewed overflight permission. Two days later Pakistani Mirages down a pair of C-5’s, the first, inbound and loaded with ammo, less then twenty miles from the C-17 crash site, the second, an outbound flight packed with wounded soldiers being evacuated from the increasingly heavy fighting around Kandahar is shot down in central Baluchistan with no survivors.


The US and India declare war on Pakistan. Some 50 or more Pakistani Mirages swarm over Kandahar in a single strike. Four of the eight of the Dutch F-16’s are shot down the remainder destroyed on the ground. At least two of the British GR-7 Harriers are shot down and all of the remaining Harriers are either damaged or grounded because of damage to the airstrip itself. Pakistani losses are unreported. Meanwhile Pakistani F-16’s apparently held their own against several attempted Indian air strikes.


Pakistan and Iran announce an alliance between their two nations, Iran declares war on the US (again – they really mean it this time).


Taliban ground attacks on the two major US air bases begin to increase in size and ferocity, allied ammo begins to run low. Allied aircraft missions from inside Afghanistan dwindle as the airbases begin to run out of fuel. Pakistani J-7’s strafe US and Canadian positions in southern Helmand province with rockets and cannon fire, damaging or destroying most of the single Canadian Leopard tank company (squadron).



Yes, it’s fictional, for now…






Not One Word

December 14, 2008


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