I have talked about these Tanks briefly in another article but since they are interesting vehicles they do deserve their own write-up.
Before the Laupen Tanks were developed, the Swiss army bought a set of G-13 tank destroyers from Czechoslovakia in 1949 which stayed in service until 1973 but only used a 7.5cm which was used by the StuG III. I will make a separate post on the G-13 later as there’s quite a lot of new material on them for Switzerland and knowing how popular the ‘Hetzer’ is/was in WoT the G-13 will offer something special for the Swiss too.
These G-13’s were to be the basis of the Laupen 16t. In WoT it would likely be tier 5 with the L/48 7.5 cm gun as the stock gun and the 7.5 cm Pak. 51 (AMX 13-75s gun) as a top gun, with both autoloading and singleshot variations possible.
Swiss G-13 Tank Destroyer
There is not a lot of information about the Laupen tanks as to why they were designed and why they stayed on the drawing board. From what I can access and understand at the moment it is to do with the Swiss being concerned over the costs rather than performance. Switzerland had problem in tank production as it lacks many natural resources. So based on that, all I can do is make estimated guesses as why some of the things were as they were.
The Why: Continue reading “The Laupen Tanks”
After a long time i finally went to the archives again to find more about that mysterious tank that would very likely become the Tier 9 and 10 Swiss heavy tanks.
First of all this was a project by the Swiss military in order to replace the faulty Panzer 68. Development on the Panzer 74 project began in 1969 and the concept was known as the VZ 67 which stands for Versuchsfahrzeug 67. A later version is called the VZ 71 (1971) and is the VZ 67s hull and the Panzer 68s turret (this version is likely to be the Tier 9’s stock configuration) and would be armed with a licence built RO L7 105 mm gun. Continue reading “The Panzer 74 Project ( VZ 67, VZ 71)”
With the Swedish tech tree announced, we figured that people might be interested in knowing how closely it aligns with historical Swedish tank designs, so we can pre-emptively fend off accusations of paper tanks and clones, etc. Let’s have a look at each tank in the tree to see how it holds up to closer scrutiny.
Originally a German design called LK II, but it was never used in its country of origin. Ten tanks were delivered to the Swedish army in 1921-1922. They were in service until the late 30’s, mainly as tech demonstrators and for tank doctrine studies – they were not really intended for use in the field.
Continue reading “How much paper is there in the Swedish tree?”
First of all, I and Mizutayio would like to wish Switzerland an happy birthday aka national holiday!
I am sure a couple of you guys know or have heared about the HS 30 with the 90mm gun and the MOWAG Pirat Tank destroyer.
There are very few pictures about these tanks. Infact you might have seen them already.
HS 30 Continue reading “Trials on the Swiss HS 30 and the Mowag Pirat”
I’m continuing the Nation’s Q&A, this time we gonna be focusing on the British armoured vehicles.
Feel free to put any historical and in-game related questions in the comment section bellow.
Dave Lister (no, not the Red Dwarf guy) and Volketten (perhaps some of the other guys will join too) will be picking and answering them for you.
Thank you. 🙂
The 2nd Swedish tank to hit supertest was just revealed, and it turns out that its the Landsverk L-60. As you might know I have covered this tank in the past, but with these news I thought this would be the perfect time to write a updated article with everything we have found since then.
In the early 1930s the company of Landsverk had just established itself as a arms manufacturer. Landsverk had been an engineering company focused on producing railway and agricultural equipment. However in the mid-1920s Landsverk was bought up by a German company and became a way for German engineers to experiment with AFV designs banned under the Versailles treaty. Landsverks early work on AFV design had involved Studying the Raeder-Raupen-Kampfwagen M28 tank and building an experimental armored car for the Swedish army. Continue reading “Swedish tanks part 28: Landsverk L-60 revisited”