28 October 2006

Medium Tank Mark II

The Vickers Medium Mark II tanks entered service with the Royal Armoured Corps in 1926 and were the first post-war fast tanks then. Armed with a 3 pounder gun, 160 of these tanks were in service throughout the interwar period and continued in use as a training vehicle until 1941. Armour protection varied between 8mm to 12mm in thickness.

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27 October 2006

Forest Path

Pigment Ink. Faber-Castell 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, Rotring 0.2, 0.3. I finished this piece while I had a drink at the NYDC at the Heeren this evening. October 2006.
T-26 Model 1933

The Vickers Six Ton Tank Mark E was highly influential and innovative for its time. Tank designs from the Soviet Union and the USA had incorporated elements of the Vickers export success. The T-26 was a direct derivative of the Vickers Six Ton Tank and was present in great numbers, easily over 12,000, during Operation Barbarossa in 1941. This was the most important type numercially that was available to the Soviets. The T-26, BT-5, BT-7 types formed the bulk of Soviet armour then and were lost in great numbers.

The presence of the T-26s in the Spanish Civil War made a deep impression on its enemies then due to its powerful gun. By 1941, it was obsolete.

The 1931 model of the T-26 was armed with a 37mm gun while the 1933 and 1937 models were armed with a 45mm gun. Armour was 15mm in most aspects. The virtues of the T-26 included easy maintenance and simple design. The shortcomings of the type included low speed and somewhat low technical reliability.

Note the track arrangements and suspension.

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26 October 2006

M22 Locust

The M22 Locust was an American light tank which was built for an airborne requirement. The M22, armed with a 37mm M6 gun was to have been carried either in a transport aircraft or beneath one. The M22 was never used in combat by American forces because of a lack of suitable transport aircraft or gliders. It was just as well as the M22 would have been a tactical liability if faced with hostile armour.

The British used a handful of them in airborne landings via glider during the crossing of the Rhine in March 1945.

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24 October 2006

Dungeon Siege 2: Broken World

I finished the expansion to Dungeon Siege 2 a few days back. The premise is simple, it is simply a continuation of Dungeon Siege 2 which had left the plot hanging. 'Broken World' tied up loose ends and resulted in the elimination of the true Dark Lord.

The expansion is divided into three short Acts which requires the protagonist to travel across a familiar 'broken world' after the machinations of the 'ancient Azunite scholar' in manipulating the now dead Valdis.

All in all, this is a satisfying game. It's not too difficult or long, one should not require cheat codes or trainers.

I am taking a look at 'The Fate', 'Blade and Sword' and 'Lionheart' now. The first appears to be Korean in origin while the second is Chinese. We shall see.
Light Tank, M24 Chaffee

The M24 was an American light tank which appeared late in the Second World War due to a desire to produce a standard chassis as the basis of the "Light Combat Team". The M24 supplanted the M5 in late 1944 and became the standard light tank for the US Army for many years after.

Six of these were present at Dien Bien Phu in the climatic French defeat.

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