Author: Karika Part I Part II: Light tanks Part III: Turán medium tanks Part IV: Tas medium tank Part V: Tier 2-4 tank destroyers Part VI: Problematic tank destroyers In this part, we’ll take a look at how could the Hungarian Tas rohamlöveg tank destroyer be implemented into WoT. Everything is the same as in the previous articles: I will try not to predict game parameters (health points or alpha damage) and the balance parameters (radiorange, RoF, etc.) would not necessarely be implemented as I listed them below. However, the implementation of this TD into the game is a bit difficult. You’ll see why. Please note that these below are only the historical/logical characteristics, the potentially implemented tanks could get unhistorical stuff as last resort, if the game balance requires it. Tas rohamlöveg / Tas assault gun – Tier VII regular or premium Above: A possible way, how could the Tas TD could have been looked like. Possible vehicle description Considered assault gun version of the 44M. Tas. However, the development was never started, and no prototypes were made. History: You can read more about the Tas rohamlöveg here: http://ftr.wot-news.com/2014/03/03/tas- … in-detail/ Characteristics: Crew: ?, most likely 4, Commander, Gunner, Driver, Loader Possible gun selection: Gun: 75mm 43 M. L/43 tank-gun Used on the Turán III and probably on the Tas medium tank prototype Ammo types: AP, APCR, HEAT and HE Ammo capacity: ? Historical ROF: 12 shots/min Penetration with AP: 113mm Penetration with HEAT at 60°: 90mm Gun depression, elevation: ? Horizontal gun arc: ? Gun: 75mm 42 M. L/70 (identical to the German 7,5cm KwK 42 L/70) Considered for the Tas medium tank, used on the Pz. V Panther. Ammo types: AP, APCR, HE Ammo capacity: 45 (on the Á. Bíró mock-up) In-game penetration with AP: 150mm Gun depression, elevation: -7°, +14° or theoretically +25° (on the Á. Bíró mock-up) Horizontal gun arc: 22° (on the Á. Bíró mock-up) Gun: 8,8cm Flak 37 L/56 Used by Hungarian AA units, available for Hungary in small numbers at the time. In-game ammo types: AP, APCR, HE Ammo capacity: ? In-game penetration with AP: 132mm Gun depression, elevation: ? Horizontal gun arc: ? Gun: 80mm 29/44 M. L/58 Considered for the the Tas medium tank. Ammo types: AP and HE Ammo capacity: ? Penetration with AP: approx. 171mm Gun depression, elevation: ? Horizontal gun arc: ? Gun: 8,8cm Pak 43 L/71 Allegedly the proposed gun for the Tas rohamlöveg. Same as the historical gun of the Jagdpanther. Ammo types: AP, APCR, HE Ammo capacity: ? In-game penetration with AP: 203mm Gun depression, elevation: ? Horizontal gun arc: ? Armor: - front: 75mm? in 30° - middle front plate: 100 or 120mm in 75° - lower front plate: 75mm in 30° (150mm EFF) - side: 50mm in 90-60° (50-58 EFF) - upper rear plate: 100 in 75° (103,5mm EFF) - lower rear plate: 50mm in 50° (65mm EFF) Gun shield: 25mm (on the Á. Bíró mock-up) Weight: cca. 36-39 t Engines: - 2x WM V-8H, petrol, 520 hp - Maybach HL230 P30, petrol, 690 hp - Planned WM engine, petrol, 700 hp Power-to-weight ratio: 13,3-19,4 hp/t (depending on which values we use) Maximum speed: ? Radio: R/5a Notes and predictable in-game performance: There’s literally nothing known about the shape of the superstructure of the Tas TD. There are two main hypotheses on how the Tas rohamlöveg could have looked like (neither of them can be justified by historical sources), namely these two: Above: Drawing by I. Bajtos based on the (outdated and unhistorical) mock-up by J. Korbuly. There’s no way that gun could have had any gun depression, this model is just too impractical and useless in “reality”. Although, those Obj. 704-like hull angles are sexy as hell. Above: Mock-up by Á. Bíró. This drawing is based on mock-up experiments, it’s ergonomic and practical, but this is just a Jagdpanther on a different chassis. It’s just… boring. I think Wargaming should combine these two ideas, and create their own Tas TD model the way they should want it: practical and sexy. Especially if they implement it as a premium TD, good looks would help to sell the vehicle. It’s not sure which gun would have been used on this TD if it ever was created, so I listed the ones, that would be even available or could be logical or mentioned by articles/books on this topic. We can not be sure which would be put in the game, it’s up to Wargaming developers to decide, but I guess they’ll stick with the best possible lineup, such as the long 8,8cm. It’s possible that the developers will not put this TD to the researchable branch and they’ll use it as a high tier premium tank destroyer instead because of the hole at tier 6 and because high tier premiums for the Hungarian branch (which would not get any premium tank above tier 5 otherwise) are always welcomed. About the in-game tier: Depending on its soft stats, modules and selected gun, Tas rohamlöveg could be implemented as a tier 6, or tier 7, or maybe as a tier 8 tank destroyer. It’s up to WG to decide, but in my opinion the tier 7 role is the best option. At tier 6 it would not get the long 8,8cm cannon and a 700 hp engine, and became a fairly well armored, but not too mobile TD. Another option is to split the Tas rohamlöveg too, just like the Tas medium tank, to fill the gap at tier 6, but this would be very unhistorical solution, I do not recommend it, because it can not be “justified” like my separation of the Tas medium tank – as one would get the historically available modules and the other the unavailable, but planned ones. At tier 7, it’s pretty straightforward. It would behave similarly as the in-game Jagdpanther, equipped with its 88mm L/71 cannon. The tier 8 role is a bit problematic too, as the strongest, highest caliber gun which would be even logical on the Tas TD is the 8,8cm KwK/Pak 43 L/71, and that gun would need insanely low reload time / high RoF to compensate the lack of alpha damage, and mediocre armor of the Tas TD. The other problem is the relatively low penetration of that gun, which would be problematic if the tier 8 Tas TD faced tier 10 tanks in random battles. These problems could be only solved with relatively bad solutions: - the above mentioned, overbuffed gun performance, with insane RoF - overbuffed mobility and gun performance, so the Tas Rohamlöveg would be something like the E-25 of tier 8 - Continue reading →

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