View Poll Results: What was the best tank of WWII?

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  • M4 Sherman

    4 9.76%
  • T-34

    16 39.02%
  • KV-1

    0 0%
  • JS-2 Stalin

    2 4.88%
  • Pzkpfw IV

    1 2.44%
  • Pzkpfw V Panther

    17 41.46%
  • Pzkpfw VI Tiger

    1 2.44%
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Thread: Best overall tank of WWII?

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    Re: Best overall tank of WWII?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pdqport View Post
    I think from a reliability and mobility standpoint you can make the case for the Sherman, but it lacked armor and gunpower (at least the base model), had a high silhouette and had that nasty habit of catching fire when hit.
    Small Silhouette, besides being mostly an imaginary tank virtue, was not an issue. It's a myth.

    The Sherman Firefly was shorter than the T34-85 by about 2cm.

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    Re: Best overall tank of WWII?

    Depends what you want to do with the tank too. Defend a fairly static position then Tiger. Defend requiring movement then panther. Produce quickly for a poorly trained army T34. Exploit long distances with little maintenance then Sherman.
    Fit on a railway truck that can pass through any tunnel then a British tank, just don't try to fight in it!
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    Re: Best overall tank of WWII?

    tough one to answer.i always liked the german tanks.t34 was a bad boy though.

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    Re: Best overall tank of WWII?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie View Post
    Depends what you want to do with the tank too.
    Win a war: T34 or Sherman.
    Lose a war: Tiger

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    Re: Best overall tank of WWII?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pillar View Post
    Sherman. What exactly does the T-34 have on it? You need to compare the T34/85 with the Sherman Firefly.

    Panther and other German tanks were pretty cool but cost of production and maintenance weren't commensurate with their value on the battlefield.
    The T34 runs on diesel, and the Sherman (AKA Ronson) uses gasoline: Big drawback when it comes to survival.
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    Re: Best overall tank of WWII?

    Quote Originally Posted by BitterPill View Post
    The T34 runs on diesel, and the Sherman (AKA Ronson) uses gasoline: Big drawback when it comes to survival.
    I'd heard that too.

    Some say otherwise though:
    http://www.weaponsofwwii.com/forum/v....php?f=10&t=41

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    Re: Best overall tank of WWII?

    I'd heard this was more due to ammunition storage and the german use of ballistic cap(?) ammunition...their shells penetrated then exploded rather than being solid shot but don't really know much aboiut this...where's Paul?
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    Re: Best overall tank of WWII?

    I think it was more of a problem for early model Shermans before they added wet stowage for the ammunition and relocated where it was stored.

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