Here we go again, comrades. I must apologize for the delay in the publishing of this part, and possible publishing of unprepared article.
So, Without unnecessary warm-up, I present you one of the most brutal projects I've ever seen. Space Orkz from WH40k would love one...
"The Un-tracked Tank"
August 4th, 1941
The authors came to a conclusion, that tracks were the most vulnerable part of the tanks, so they proposed a trackless warmachine. The project consisted of armoured cylinders. The "wheels"-"drums" roll freely on the bearings, with all necessary amortization etc, and are equipped with pyramidal shields.
The "cabin" contains engines, armaments (AT-guns, AA-gun, machine-guns, flamethrowers), fuel, compressed air reservoirs and seats for the crew, all located in order to provide required с.g.
Mass ratios made possible climbing up to 20-25 degtrees, and for rougher environment "paired" tanks were proposed, connected by a "corridor", that also allowed transfer of the crew from damaged tank of the pair. Also a concept of "deep operation" using engineless tank with supplies and/or landing party, thus making "a trio" was explained.
And here is the scheme of this beast:
Accordion Of Doom
Nice concept was proposed by an engineer. I believe, most of you know that similar ideas had reached "metal" stage in many countries.
Now I'll present you a couple of designs proposed by head of military-technical service from 28th Rifles Corps in spring of 1941. Pictures only, but very impressive style!
And pure dieselpunk:
And last one for this week,
Spherical Tank (almost in vacuum)
This one could shoot land and air targets, and the project had very great detail (unfortunately, I do not have these details). But - we have nice pictures.
Once again, all credits go to Yuri Pasholok and The Russian MOD Central Archives.
Very last, but not the least - tomorrow is Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia (and many former Soviet Republics), that originated as Red Army Day. My articles on Red Dieselpunk has a lot to do with this force, that once crashed the spine of the greatest enemy ever.