Admiral Piett wrote:
Some newly discovered Japanese armour. Our understanding of IJA tank development is so shockingly poor that we are still in the process of uncovering new tanks, some of which actually saw combat, like they are Amazonian beetle species or something. http://sensha-manual.blogspot.ca/2017/0 ... tanks.html
That's super cool, although it's dashed inconsiderate of Imperial Japan not to keep proper records in English for us. I've never really known much about Japanese armour so it's comforting to know that nobody else does either
Bougnas wrote:Also, what about the Russian archives? The Soviets maybe found something in mandchuria during the 1945 campaign.
This reminds me, I found an old book of my father's while looking for cool stuff for Steel Division called "German and Allied Secret Weapons of WW2". There's some good stuff in it (Tonsil, for example) and it does its level best to avoid the Nazi Techwank and talk about cool Allied projects and lots of stuff that really made it into service, but it's beginning to show its age, especially in terms of the Eastern Front stuff being written without any access to Soviet documents. For starters, the Soviet Union apparently don't count as Allies (Neither do the minor Commonwealth states).
The most egregious example of the Iron Curtain ruining things is the artist's impression of the Maus, done when we didn't know the Soviets had found one intact and assumed it was just a paper project. The Saukopf-style mantlet is interesting, as is the coaxial Kwk 40 75mm
. I'm sure there's lots else wrong with it if you take a proper look, I'll post a pic when I get home tonight.
Edit: In all it's glory. Now that I look again it seems like the hull is known and only the turret has had to be invented. It's not at all bad, considering!