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Failed Tanks Ep. 30 Special: Ground-Breaking FAILS
Every 10th episode of Failed Tanks covers a special subject rather than a specific tank, and this one is no exception.

This time, we'll have a look at 10 extremely important innovations in the ongoing development of the Tank, that were first applied to vehicles doomed to fail. Yes, that's right --- these tanks introduced new technology that changed the course of history, but even THAT wasn't enough to keep them from failing in one way or another!

These are the important features that the vehicles in question introduced into an armored vehicle for the first time;
1- The first tank designed from scratch
2- The first rotating turret
3- The first Light Tank
4- The first Christie Suspension
5- The first APC
6- The first Amphibious AFV
7- The first Composite Armor
8- The first Remote Weapon System
9- The first Autoloader
10- The first-ever proposal for a real tank

So why weren't all these cool props enough to keep the vehicles in question from failing? You'll just have to watch and see for yourself!

Here are my main sources for this presentation;
www.landships.freeservers.com/…

mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/Un…

macsmilitary.com/sgtmacsblog/w…

www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNUS_…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T20_Medi…
vn-parabellum.com/us/t22-art.h…

mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/Un…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_IX_…

www.tanknutdave.com/component/…

www.militaryfactory.com/armor/…

www.landships.freeservers.com/…

militaryhistory.about.com/od/v…

www.chuckhawks.com/armor_schem…

afvdb.50megs.com/usa/pics/t95.…

jedsite.info/tanks-tango/tango…

www.pzfahrer.net/hetzermgs.htm…

www.flamesofwar.com/hobby.aspx…

www.landships.freeservers.com/…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanks_in…

kapitanmors.blogspot.com/2011/…

www.palba.cz/newspage.php?news…
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Failed Tanks! Episode 29: The A7V
The A7V is well-known as being the only tank Germany managed to manufacture and send into combat during the First World War, but what often isn't mentioned was that it was was absolutely awful vehicle.

How awful, you ask?

Well, it's ground clearance was a joke, it essentially couldn't cross craters, berms, or trenches, the armor tended to wound crewmen at least as often as the projectiles that penetrated it, the main gun couldn't swivel... you get the idea. This was really bad, even compared to the tanks used by the Allies.

There's a LOT more than that, too --- but you'll have to watch the presentation to see the rest of it.  ;-)


As with many of these presentations, some of the information within was pointed-out to me by VickersIndependent; notably, the quality of the A7V's armor, the interchangeability of it's parts, and the nature of the armor riveting used.


Here are my sources for this presentation...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A7V

www.historyofwar.org/articles/…

www.landships.freeservers.com/…

www.landships.freeservers.com/…

www.achtungpanzer.com/first-pa…

www.3dhistory.co.uk/fact-sheet…

www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/v…

mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/ww…

www.firstworldwar.com/diaries/…

mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/po…

www.qm.qld.gov.au/Find+out+abo…
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M1A2 Vs LeopardC2
The German Leopard 1 MBT (Main Battle Tank), sometimes classified as a "Medium Tank", was built to have strong advantages in Mobility and Firepower, at the expense of Protection. This changed over the years however, as more armor and redundant protection systems were integrated into it (along with many other improvements) eventually resulting in the Leopard 1A5.

Canada's Leopard C1 was a licensed copy of the Leopard 1A5, but received an upgrade in recent years to a standard beyond even the 1A5; the result was the Leopard C2. This model is also notable as being the only Leopard 1-series tank to ever draw blood in combat --- and in Afghanistan of all places, where the Leopard C2 has defied all odds and become a battlefield legend.

But here's an interesting question; how does this machine compare to the US Army's M1A2 Abrams SEP, oft-claimed to be the best tank ever built? After all, the Leopard C2 has proven it's worth in COIN warfare, but what about tank-versus-tank combat?

If the M1's advocates are to be believed, the M1A2 SEP should totally wipe the floor with a tank as "marginal" as a Leopard 1 variant, even the vaunted C2. However, tank superiority is measured quantitatively by physical attributes --- not by prejudice.

So let's see what happens when we compare the numbers for the vaunted M1A2 SEP to the "ho-hum" Leopard C2, shall we?
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I've fallen behind yet again, and haven't uploaded anything to my DeviantArt gallery in ages. However, I just posted something --- the first episode in a completely new series!

Have a look;
Warship Disasters! Episode1: The HMS Swift

For those of you following my other presentations, don't worry, there's more episodes on the way.  ;-)
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Warship Disasters! Episode1: The HMS Swift
The HMS Swift is a classic example of how to do everything wrong when developing a warship. For a Destroyer of the early 1900s, she tried to be too big, too heavy, and too fast, and yet had little endurance or weaponry. Worse still, she was a de-facto Light Cruiser replacement attempt, but had lacked the medium-bore guns or armor needed to compete with *enemy* Light Cruisers.

This is also a story of executive meddling, corporate misconduct, and military ineptitude, to name a few. It kind of goes without saying, but the story of the Swift didn't have a happy ending.

As usual, I had considerable editing support from Screbellious in creating this presentation.  :-)

The following are my sources for this presentation, proving that I'm NOT making any of this up...

"The World's Worst Warships", by Anthony Preston (Conway Maritime Press, 2002).

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Swif…

www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs…

www.the-weatherings.co.uk/pccs…

www.naval-encyclopedia.com/pre…

www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyB…

navypedia.org/ships/uk/brit_dd…

www.naval-history.net/WW1Book-…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_o…
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I've fallen behind yet again, and haven't uploaded anything to my DeviantArt gallery in ages. However, I just posted something --- the first episode in a completely new series!

Have a look;
Warship Disasters! Episode1: The HMS Swift

For those of you following my other presentations, don't worry, there's more episodes on the way.  ;-)
  • Listening to: Stuff
  • Reading: Stuff
  • Watching: Stuff
  • Playing: Stuff
  • Eating: Stuff
  • Drinking: Stuff

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CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have got ask will you ever dissect fictional IFVs and Tanks?
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CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
www.military-today.com/tanks/s… you wrote that yes? I have to say its an ugly patton
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PlatoVoltaire Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Will there be any more worst tanks chapters?
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Kashim27 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Bit of a question for ya.  What do think we the US government can to correct all this misspending and mismanagement?  Also what do think is a good design for a tank and IFV?
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falcon01 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Thank You for the Faves!
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Restos1981 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I saw a question on your battleship clip in youtube and i also would like to know your opinion on the Su-35.
What should the USAF buy to counter it?
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
The USAF should buy more F-22 Raptors- that's the only thing that can counter the Sukhoi T-50. The F-15SE Silent Eagle MAY be able to counter the Su-35, but significant investments must be made to improve its radar and electronic warfare system, and to uprate its engines, to keep the Silent Eagle competitive.
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Apparently in the movie "Aliens" the space marines get their equipment designed by the same guys that designed the Growler and the Stryker...

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Restos1981 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Do still visit this site?
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