All memorable to readers of military history website WarSpot the past week
The symbol of the French tank the 30’s was a heavy tank Char B1, who emerged as the best sample of French armoured vehicles during the fighting of may-June 1940. Interestingly, large-scale production could not take place, as in the first half of the 30-ies of the French military seriously considered as a primary the other tank with the same weapons, same armor, but more than 1.5 times lighter. They was a Renault D2, which at one time served as the General de Gaulle — then still a Colonel. Read more about the tank.
Armored Il-2, of course, was the main striking force of the Soviet air force for much of the great Patriotic war. But on June 22, 1941, in combat units were very few of these planes. It was even less pilots who are able to perform on the Il-2 combat missions. Therefore, the first Soviet ground attack aircraft attacked the advancing columns of the Wehrmacht, began the fighter-biplane I-153 “Chaika”, 61-th assault aviation regiment. Go to the material.
To the early XX century guns on the March and on the battlefield pulled their calculations or draft animals, so the artillery has long been the “weak link” for the army in terms of mobility. In the First place the world of horses and settlement began to take car — first conventional tractors and cars. When it became clear that they are not always suitable for performing military functions, the designers have begun to create specialized tractors for the needs of the military. In the photo gallery you will get acquainted with tractors, developed in the armies of different countries.
Being the massive French tank by the spring of 1940, the Renault R 35 was the most armored and massive extraction of the Wehrmacht. In total, the hands of the Germans were from 800 to 840 Renault R 35 — figure is more than impressive. Another thing is that the tank received the designation Panzerkampfwagen 35R 731(f), change the name and owners have not added fighting qualities. For this reason, his career in the German army was florid: he had to go and self-propelled artillery, and tow truck, and tractor, and a crane. Further.
Polish army Museum (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego) is located in Warsaw, at Aleje Jerozolimskie. Here is a rich collection of military objects from different epochs: from the origins of the Kingdom of Poland until the present time. Among them, the hauberk of king John Casimir, Mace crown Hetman Stanislaw Jablonowski, the sword of the last king of Rzeczpospolita Stanislaw Poniatowski, personal belongings Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a saddle of Napoleon I, and more. To visit the Museum closer.
Almost immediately after the first use of British tanks in the First world war in Germany began a feverish search for a means of dealing with them. Of course, the best option looked like a gun, but existed at that time guns were not adapted for fighting moving armored targets. Thus was born the anti-tank guns. Read more at warspot.ru or download the magazine “World of Tanks Magazine” in the App Store or Google Play and find out even more interesting stories.
Among the trophies captured by the Germans in 1940 in France, were eight hundred French R 35 light tanks. Many of them have been converted into tractors, chassis for trucks, as well as in anti-tank self-propelled artillery, armed with a good 47mm Czechoslovak gun P. U. V. vz.36. Up to the present day remained the only one fighting machine, which is in the collection of the tank Museum in the Swiss city of Thun (Canton Bern). SAU “lost” food niche and many internal details, but the appearance kept well. Watch photos. source