Hello everyone, so, here are the Locust competition results. First: correct answers Question 1 – “typically, medium to heavy guns were carried by four platforms: a Sturmgeschütz, a Sturmpanzer, a Selbstfahrlafette and a Waffenträger. Describe the differences between the four.” This one was a bit more vague, I’d allow more than just one rigid answer, the important part is to actually know what’s going on. Sturmgeschütz was armored artillery, capable of both direct and indirect fire. A Sturmpanzer was a heavily armored assault tank, intended primarily for direct fire destruction of fortified objects and fights within urban areas. Had more armor and typically bigger caliber guns than a Sturmgeschütz, often a mortar. Selbstfahrlafette is a generic designation for an artillery/TD chassis, often carrying a heavier gun than the vehicles of the same class. Typically, these vehicles were open-topped and most of them were self-propelled artillery pieces. A Waffenträger is much like the Selbstfahrlafette, but it is used primarily for direct fire and its main goal (unlike the Sfl) is to be as simple and cheap as possible to produce. Question 2 – “What was the most penetrating gun ever considered for the Jagdpanzer 38(t), when was it and what was the main drawback of such a solution (there were several, but one is enough)?” This one was a bit tricky. While most of the questions were answered correctly (75mm PaK 42 L/70). There were two possible answers. Only a few people knew that the one of the answers was the 1944/1945 Krupp Umbewaffnung program and that the vehicle had rear casemate: The Jpz 38(t) itself was never originally designed or proposed with the L/70, that was the Jagdpanzer 38(d), but allegedly, a frontal L/70 variant was tested. By the way, Wikipedia is quoting Achtungpanzer on this. Achtungpanzer is one of the worst sites, when it comes to spreading unhistorical garbage and a source of several German tank myths. Be always be careful with it. For example “three prototypes built” is most likely crap. The problems with this include overstressing the chassis (and subsequently, poor handling characteristics) and poor traverse/elevation, poor rate of fire due to cramped superstructure and long shells on both cases. In case of the frontal gun variant, it was too nose-heavy. Question 3 – “When we talk about German vehicles, there are two very blatant cases, where people refer to vehicles with a name, that was never used by German troops. Both cases are very well known and widely used. Write both cases and write their historical real designations too (In other words: there are two very well known vehicles, that were referred to differently by Germans than they are today)” This one was easy – there are even three candidates, so you could pick. The ones originally indended was the Hetzer (it was never called Hetzer, it was called Jagdpanzer 38(t)) and Brummbär (again, historically it was called either Sturmpanzer IV, or simply Stupa by troops). Third candidate would be the Tiger II, that was never called King Tiger (“Königstiger” translates as “Bengal Tiger”). Bison is also problematic, but not as much as those other three (conflicting sources). Question 4 – “Which of these chassis was never fitted (or proposed to be fitted) with a flamethrower? Jagdpanzer 38t, Panzer II, Panzer III, Char B2, Maus?” They all were. Yes, Maus originally had a flamethrower. Most of people got this wrong. Question 5 – “Before the 380mm naval rocket mortar was selected for the Sturmmörser Tiger, it was supposed to be equipped with a different weapon to compete with another design by Krupp. What was this weapon (class and caliber suffices) and what was the name of the competing project (that came earlier than the Sturmtiger proposal)?” The answer here was: 210mm mortar. The earlier Krupp project that was replaced by the Sturmtiger project was the Bär. Altogether I recieved 68 answers altogether. Several people sent me more than one e-mail: I am sorry, but I clearly stated one answer per account in the rules, so I disregarded the later ones (rules are rules, I made one exception, where the guy simply sent me an empty e-mail, because he misclicked). How many people were correct (with some very minor mistakes)? ONE Congratulations Ashmodiel Maybe it was a bit too difficult? I don’t think so. But some of the folks really did their research and I have 3 more codes burning a hole in my pocket. So, here’s what I’m going to do: I am going to randomly select 3 more people from those 67 remaining. You three will get a code as “thank you” for participating. So, here goes… Grats: CaptainNemo, Aligishere and Col_Beckett! I think this way, it’s the most fair. Winners will be recieving their Locust codes shortly. Thank you for participating! PS: as for the rest of you guys, there will be more competitions. Here, have some EU invite codes: CK39UF-6MW2DR CK39UF-8WW4ED

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