Author: Lahn, US server (plus others, if I understood this correctly) Hello everyone, this branch proposal was sent to me by the aforementioned gentleman. Basically, it deals with the possible Taiwanese vehicles. It was also handed to WG employees for consideration and I think it’s way too interesting not to post here. Enjoy! Light-Medium Branch Tier 5 MT: M4A4 Sherman “Tuji” (Assault) Gun: 75mm M3L40 -> 76mm M1A1 -> 105mm M4L23 Turret: M4 Sherman Chassis: M4A4 (longer hull) Engine: Continental R-975C1 -> Continental R-975EC2 -> Ford GAA -> Chrysler A57 Radio: SCR508 -> SCR-619 Max speed: 48kph The Sherman is the most common American tank seen through out WW2, with a total of 49,234 vehicles manufactured, but only 35 were sent to the 1st Tank battalion of the Chinese Expeditionary Forces in Burma and India. These M4A4s received the nick name “Tuji” (Assault). At the last phase of the Civil war against Communism, the Americans sent more M4A4s to equip their Nationalist ally, but only 30 of them retreated to Taiwan. The M4s in the Nationalist Army remained in service until 1953 Tier 5 LT: M113 Amphibious Gun: 75mm M6 -> 76mm M1A1 Turret: M24 Chaffee Chassis: M113 APC Engine: GE 53T6V -> Napco 8V-71T Radio: SCR508 -> SCR-619 Max speed: 63kph The M113 was an excellent armored personnel carrier, and the Nationalists tried to use the M24 chaffee turret to modify the APC into a tank for the Armored troops. The new hybrid tank received an interesting name: the Amphibious tank. But it proved to be not amphibious, and the project was scrapped. The “Amphibious tank” may not afloat, but it acted as an excellent recon tank. The excellent mobility and good fire power could have made it a very good scout tank, but the vehicle never entered mass production since it cannot be amphibious. Tier 6 LT: M24A1 Gun: 75mm M6 -> 76mm M1A1 -> 90mm M36 -> 105mm M4L23 Turret: M24 Chaffee Chassis: M24 Chaffee Engine: Cadillac 44T24V8 x2 -> GE 53T6V Radio: SCR508 -> SCR-619 Max speed: 60kph The M24 was an American light tank used during the late part of World War II and in postwar conflicts including the Korean War, it was introduced to China to equip the Nationalist Chinese Army to fight against the Communist. The Kuomintang Nationalists upgraded its engine and gun, and renamed it as M24A1. 289 entered service, some maintained in service as fixed coastal defense until today. Tier 7 LT: Type 64 Hybrid Gun: 40mm PomPom -> 76mm M1A1 -> 90mm M36 -> 76mm M32 Turret: M18 Hellcat Chassis: M41 W. Bulldog Engine: Continental AOSI-895-5 Radio: SCR508 -> SCR-619 Max speed: 74kph The Type 64 is a hybrid tank by installing a M18 Hellcat turret onto the M41 chassis. The Nationalist failed to acquire M41s for Taiwanese defense, by removing the 40mm Pom Pom gun on the M42 Duster AA tank and fix it with a M18 hellcat turret, the Type 64 entered service as an interim solution for the Taiwanese. More than 50 entered service, only one remained in exhibition at the Armored Troops Academy today. Tier 8 MT: Type 64 Prototype Gun: 76mm M32 -> 90mm M36 -> 90mm M41 -> 76mm M32K1 Turret: M41 W. Bulldog -> M41 W. Bulldog + spaced armor Chassis: M41 W. Bulldog + armor upgrade Engine: Continental AOSI-895-5 -> Napco 8V-71T Radio: SCR508 -> ANVRC-7 Max speed: 62kph The designing of the light tank M41 started in 1949, many of them were exported to Allied countries of the United States. A total of 675 were sold to the Nationalist Chinese Army in Taiwan. Type 64 prototype is a local upgrade version of the M41, with improved fire controls, a superior diesel engine, co-axial machinegun replaced with T57 7.62mm MG, thick spaced armor on turret, and sideskirts for tracks. The extra weight reduced the maximum speed from 72kph to 62kph, despite the engine upgrade. Two prototypes went to test, and the performance was like “super Pershing light tank version”, still not enough to challenge the Communist T-55 frontally and act as a proper medium tank, only available as another interim solution. The project was scrapped with the introduction of M48s. Tier 9 MT: M41D Shen Ju (God horse) Gun: 76mm M32 -> 90mm M36 -> 90mm M41 -> 90mm T132E3 -> 76mm M32K1 Turret: M41. W. Bulldog + armor upgrade -> M41 W. Bulldog + spaced armor Chassis: M41 W. Bulldog Engine: Continental AOSI-895-5 -> Napco 8V-71T -> Cummins VTA-903TR Radio: SCR508 -> ANVRC-7 Max speed: 74kph M41D is the last modification of the Nationalist Chinese Army for its M41 tanks. It received a new locally produced gun, new targeting systems, a new diesel engine, and turret spaced armor. Both engines went under test but the official approved the economical rather than the better performance one, which maxed out its speed to 74kph. The M32K1 gun is specially designed to fire APCR, HVAP and APDS rounds. 50 tanks were converted, most maintained service in the Nationalist Chinese Marine Corps until today. Tier 10 MT: CM12 Prototype / M48A3 Tsu Chiang Gun: 90mm M41 -> 105mm M68 -> 105mm M68K1 Turret: M47 -> M48A3 Chassis: M48A1 Engine: Continental AVDS-1790-7C -> Continental AVDS-1790-2DM Radio: ANVRC-7 The Nationalist Chinese Army received their 1st M48A1s in 1973, but they are equipped with gasoline engine. The Taiwanese government bought an M48A5 for evaluation. Then the local upgrade replaced the gasoline engine with a diesel engine, and up-gunned from 90mm to 105mm. The upgraded version received the name “Tsu Chiang”. The diesel engine took extra space thus limiting the performance range from 463km to 312km. Total 309 M48A1s entered service, 250 upgraded. The Tsu Chiang tanks later received another upgrade, and renamed as CM12. This project did not upgrade the modern firing control system, or any armor upgrade. The Taiwanese M48A3s were converted from the M48A1, which has less frontal armor instead of the original American M48A3s’ 178mm. Even with the gun shield of 120mm, it can still be penned with “gold rounds” for some tanks at medium range. But with the better engine, the Taiwanese M48 can run a lot faster than their American counterparts, with better reload time / aiming speed. Artillery Tier 2 Arty: M8 Gun: 75mm Howitzer M2 Chassis: M5 Stuart Engine: Cadillac 42 x2 -> Cadillac 44T24V8 x2 Radio: SCR210 -> SCR-508 Max speed: 58kph The M8 SPG entered service at 1948, when the civil war is at its peak. The SPG often used as mobile fire support against human waves, but it lacked range against soviet made long range artillery in the battle of Kinmen. Tier 3 Arty: M10 SPG Gun: 105mm Howitzer Continue reading →

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