THE RED GAMBIT SERIES

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Keith Lange
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Will the Soviets begin large scale production of the T-44, T-54 and the IS-4? Also, will the Allies put into production new tanks of their own?

December 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM Flag Quote & Reply

gee_colin@yahoo.co.uk
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I have already offered up problems with tank production, I think it was the IS-4 line. The T44, and T54 have both appeared in RG already. On the Allied side, the Black Prince has been spoken of [23rd Hussars] and Centurions have fouht in the front line. It would seem likely that more such vehicles will arrive to particpate in combat..

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December 30, 2013 at 4:14 AM Flag Quote & Reply

N. Knight
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Glad we are to read more of the Mighty Eighth and Bombmer Command. I remember the thousand bomber raids from the radio during the war. Both Airforces took horrific casualities, in my view to little effect, it was mainly terror bombing.

December 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Keith Lange
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gee_colin@yahoo.co.uk at December 30, 2013 at 4:14 AM

I have already offered up problems with tank production, I think it was the IS-4 line. The T44, and T54 have both appeared in RG already. On the Allied side, the Black Prince has been spoken of [23rd Hussars] and Centurions have fouht in the front line. It would seem likely that more such vehicles will arrive to particpate in combat..

>The T44, and T54 have both appeared in RG already.

i know, but just one of each. I was wondering if we might see a lot more.

December 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

gee_colin@yahoo.co.uk
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I suspect so. By memory, there were about 200 T44's produced during WW2, so there will probably be more in action, although Yarishlov's tank was a 100mm version. The T54/55 was produced in big numbers [eventually] but, if you recall the ATPAU issues, was not without problems. As always, I am hamstrung by having certain knowledge and not wanting to reveal too much of what is to come, but I would suspect that more T54's will grace the fields of Europe.

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December 31, 2013 at 1:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Tomtom
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Hi,

new to te Forum and I enjoyed reading your books, which I read in a row last month :)

My comment on new tanks: I agree, that Germany would produce whatever is available and up to the job, so the Panther and Panther 2 makes sense. However, in the last years of WW2,  many more Sturmgeschütze / assult guns were produced than turreted tanks. In the given situation of RG, and with a need to defeat Soviet tank formations, Germany would have maintained a very high output of assult guns.

Without Skoda in CZ, Germany would not be able to produce the HETZER.

Sturmgeschütz III was produced until May 1945 - http://www.stug.ch/produktion/, but I would think, that some of the production facilities in central Germany would not be available in RG.

So, given that, I believe it is reasonable to say, that the E-Types ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entwicklung_series) would be considered for a rushed production i.e. the assult guns E-5, E-10 and E25, not the super heavy, turreted E-75 or E-100.

The E-10 and E-25 devlopments were given to companies not yet involved in the tank production, for the E-10 Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz Magirus AG in Ulm and forr the E-25 at Adler Werke in Frankfurt/M.

Would love to see them in RG.


Cheers

Thomas


May 13, 2016 at 6:11 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Tomtom
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Forgot to mention, that the Panzerabwehrwerfer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8_cm_PAW_600 would be in the hands of the new German Army. It was already tested and issued in sping 45. Very easy to manufacture, lighter barrel to be manufactured on widely available turning machines.

Light enough to be horse drawn and intented to replace the AT and infantry guns in infantry regiments

May 13, 2016 at 9:21 AM Flag Quote & Reply

gee_colin@yahoo.co.uk
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The issue with the E series is that they were not reality in WW2. I have taken a view [rightly or wrongly] that Germany would learn from the huge errors that hampered them during WW2. That being the push/pull nature of their development, with disputes over resources and authority, and the investing of time, effort, and resources in stupidity. I have deliberately avoided using any Maus of similar, for no other reason than they were stupid beyond measure, and a newly focused Germany would see that. The panther, with the right metals available, is a proven platform. Im not even getting them to produce Tiger IIs as the panther is a preferable vehicle [imho]. It can be expanded to suit larger weapons of course. I have schwarzpanthers and jagdpanthers, each sporting larger weapons on a proven chassis. Producing items on the Panzer III/IV chassis would be limited to more specialist vehicles I suspect, as there is a limit to the weapon that can be carried, although there is a picture of a field modded STUG in the gallery. The PAW could be installed in a support type tank to give it an AT performance of note, as it is capable of firing some decent HE and similar ammo. I’ve not really given it much thought as my mindset is that German industry would now focus on producing what is known to work, improving what is known to work, and doing it as quickly as possible, rather than dabble in new weapons and improvement that may or may not have a place. As with all things RG, never say never, but at the moment, I have no PAW plans. Thanks for the input, guys.

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May 14, 2016 at 4:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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