Hello everyone, when it comes to the tank industry, every nation has its own really weird shit, where the only question that comes to your mind when reading about it is “what were they smoking?” (followed by “and where can I get it”). For the Germans, it was the various “supertank” projects like the “Ratte” or the “Monster”, after all, those are widely known. For the British, there were a couple of outrageous terrible projects as well, but the Soviets IMHO beat them all with a concept so outrageous and silly that it immediately trumps the German fantasies. Recently, Yuri Pasholok wrote a new book, called “Stalin’s Balls of Steel” – yes, the name sounds as awkward in Russian as it does in English and if you think the name is good, wait until you see its cover. Yep, that’s it. Meet the Soviet “ball tanks”. Honestly, I am not sure how serious this is, because Yuri Pasholok is known for his elaborate trolling and this sounds very, very troll-ish. You don’t have to be an engineer to recognize that this idea is completely outlandísh (at least in WW2 conditions without all the gadgets even we don’t have) and I have doubts that any such vehicle could even move, let alone fight. Ironically, it was the Germans, who actually created something like that (the mysterious Kugelpanzer), but of course, that was on an entirely different scale. Either way, if it’s a joke, it’s a very elaborate one. There was even a presentation announced on main Wargaming page – RU server, of course (it took place day before yesterday apparently). Yuri Pasholok also created sort of angry post, where he reacts on some issues with this entire matter, claiming that - the name of the book is not silly and 20 years ago, other books came out with names that sound silly today - the book is completely serious and not a troll attempt - it’s a serious research work, based on Russian MOD archives - ball-shaped combat vehicles are not funny and the fact we can’t imagine them working now doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future, Americans are allegedly developing such drones (SS: sorry, in connection with the name, it’s funny as hell, at this point, I was giggling like mad when reading the post) At this point, Yuri Pasholok got also pissed about people claiming various fake stuff, including the fact that Jpz E-100 “Krokodil” apparently made it into some “serious” literature. Not sure how that is connected to a book about steel balls of Stalin (hihi :D), but if Krokodil appeared in “serious literature”, that makes such literature not serious. Anyway, the book exists and you can actually already buy it already I think (in Russian only, of course). Some of you might remember the 1st April of 2013, when these “ball tanks” were jokingly introduced as “new Soviet branch”. Personally, I find the idea of such contraptions rolling across the country side amusing, but I can see how it might appeal to someone. Let’s just hope this won’t appear in World of Tanks in the end. And on the topic of “Balls of Steel”…. sorry, can’t help it… *

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