Tuesday, 10 May 2011

M1 garand a short history

The M1 Garand dates back to the 1930s when America needed a replacement for the Spingfield bolt action rifle. The Spingfield had been in service for a long time since the American Spanish war. Even though it was a good rifle and in this period no one had any semi automatic rifle. The American army still wanted the edge over other countries so they took their chances with the Garand. The Garand was designed by John Garand who was a Canadian. The Garand turned out to be very successful and gave American troops the edge, especially against the Japanese who used old Bolt action rifles. Other powers like Russia made their own version of the M1 Garand called the SVT-38. Another power Germany had their own variation of the M1 Garand. The Gewehr 41/43 and the MP44 (also known as the Sturmgewehr) which became the first assault rifle. A large disadvantage that the M1 Garand had was the distinctive “Ping!” which it made after the last round fired. This problem wasn't sold due to the need to mass produce the weapons. The M1 Garand would be in service up until 1963 seeing conflicts like World war 2 and Korea. M1 Garands had seen service in many countries including: West Germany, Argentina and Turkey during the cold war. The Garand weighs between 9.5 lb (4.31 kg) to 10.2 lb (4.63 kg) and used the .30-06 Spingfield ammunition. It used the “en bloc” clip which is used in many bolt action rifles like the Austrian-Hungarian Steyr-Mannlicher M1895 and the Italian M90 Carcano.

This is part of my new book about the M14

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Vickers mark VI

The Mark VI was in production in 1936 where all over the world it was used by the British at the outbreak of the second world war. In France 1940, the documents used by government in the first tank division. It was used as a reconnaissance vehicle as it is intended. Where there is a lot of tanks were lost by the German Panzer II, III and IV F1 because, the protection was 10mm and, it had only two machine guns. It was also used in North Africa.

General Gen. Roger wrote later:
“This travesty of an a armoured devision. Thus, the tank crews had just their pistols as their tanks' onlyoffensive weapons!”
Entered service: 1937
Crew: 2
Armament: 1x 12.7 mm or a 15mm machine gun. Secondary 1x7.7 Vickers or Besa machine gun.
Armour: 10mm
Powerplant: Meadows 6-cylinder

If you want more information about these tanks this book will help.

Monday, 28 December 2009

Panzer IV v.s Jagdpanzer

I Know they are both from the same side and they were probably never in a tank battle against each other but which one is better the Panzer IV or the Jagdpanzer?

The panzer IV and the Jagdpanzer are similar to each other they have the same suspension and the same gun but they are still different well the obvious it that the panzer IV has a turret and the Jagdpanzer hasn't but the Germans produced more Jagdpanzers than panzer IV's. Why? Is the Jagdpanzer better than the Panzer IV, does it have better armour? or is there another reason why. What do you think?

Well probably the reason is that they were cheaper and quicker to make. Because the Germans had hardly any money because of the Tigers and Panthers they were making and the tanks took a lot of time to make. A Tiger cost more than 200,000 RM the equivalent of $1,167,944.44 dollars or €822,496.08 Euros.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

What happened to the tanks after world war 2?

Most of the tanks were put in museums but some tanks were sold to other countries or they stayed in service like the M26 Pershing. These are some of the tanks that were used after the war

The T-34 saw itself in service in North-Korea and in Yugoslavia.

The French sold the Syrians a dozen panzer4's and they used it in the six-day war.
The Hotchkiss was used in the Israeli war for independence.
The Sherman saw service in the Israeli up until the 1980s and was in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 and 1971.

Hungarian tanks (Turan I and II)

Turan I and II tanks the Hungarians weren't really into building and buying tanks. In the 1930s the only tanks that the Hungarians had were Italian tankettes. In 1939 the Hungarians tried to buy some tanks from Czechoslovakia but because of the Germans taking over the Czechs didn't want to. But they did get the rights to build them themselves. Well they modified it and stuck a Hungarian Weiss V8 petrol in it. The Turan I still had the Czech made Skoda 40mm. Then they modified the Turan I with a 75mm gun and modified its turret and called it the Turan II.

Entered service:
Crew: 5
Armament: 75mm (Turan I 40mm)
gun and 2x 8mm machine-guns
Armour: 50mm
Powerplant: Weiss V8 petrol