For the Record: Panzerkampfwagen Škoda T23
Hello everyone, it’s always exciting to see some new unpublished drawings come to light – stuff that was never shown in any book or anything. In this case, it’s the Škoda T-23M (designated on the drawing Am 41738 from September 1940 as Panzerkampfwagen T23). This drawing was borrowed with kind permission of Mr. Vladimír Francev and Mr. Jiří Tintěra from their personal collection. I usually don’t use watermarks, but in this case, since it was not posted anywhere else, I will. Anyway, the backstory for this tank – in detail I wrote about it here. Summarized: this tank was the final development of the original Škoda Š-IIc (T-21). A prototype was built and tested, but was never accepted in German service. T-21 was instead produced and improved in Hungary as the Turán medium tank. The Hungarian development was their own, the only thing in common with this vehicle is their common ancestor, the T-21. From the official German vehicle summary (accompanying the drawing, late variant – early variant had less armor and was lighter): Weight: 18000 kg Engine: Škoda 15 liter V8, 260 horsepower at 2200 RPM Power-to-weight: 14,44 hp/t Maximum speed: 45 km/h Length: 5440mm Width: 2445mm Height: 2390mm Clearance: 350mm Track width: 420mm Frontal armor: 50mm Frontal turret armor: 50mm Vertical plates: 25mm (includes the entire turret apart from frontal part and side plates) Heavily sloped parts: 20mm Mudguards: 8mm Roof, frontal part: 15mm Bottom, frontal part: 15mm Engine cover: 10mm Bottom, rear part: 10mm Main armament: 47mm A11 high-power gun Depression: -10/+25 Rounds carried: 94 Caliber: 47mm Rate of fire: 25 RPM (theoretical), 12-14 RPM (aimed) Barrel length: L/43,4 AP shell weight: 1,69 kg (entire shell – 2,79 kg), another source 1,65 kg Muzzle velocity: 782 m/s (Pejčoch: 735 m/s and 755 m/s – later ammo) Penetration AP: 48mm (500m, 30 deg) 41mm (1000m, 30 deg) 35mm (1500mm, 30 deg) Penetration APCR: 100mm (100m, 30 deg) 58mm (500m, 30 deg) In World of Tanks This vehicle was proposed by me as a premium tank for the Czechoslovak branch, maybe tier 4. It’s not that well armored or fast, but it is solid.