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t29 Turret : what is that giant door handel for?


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dhellfox #1 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 09:39

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as i played my t29 i noticed on the stock Turret that looked like an oversized door handel on the top. so what is it and its purpose?
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Nisae #2 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 09:48

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For the crew to climb on and open hatches with.

Firemoth #3 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 10:40

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for soviets to climb onto your tank and open the hatch, then throw a molotov into your turret and torch your crew.

wait no those are german tanks...my bad

Xlucine #4 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 14:56

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Which part exactly are you referring to?

The_Chieftain #5 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 14:57

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I think he's talking about the ducting for the turret blower, just aft and right of the TC's hatch. Last time I was asked that question, it was described as looking like the film advance lever on a camera.

Gabo #6 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 15:05

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chieftain, since we are on it, what are the two square things in front of the gun compartment on the t92 arty?

And what was the obsession of putting logs on russian tanks?

LOBSTER_MOBSTER #7 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 15:33

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The logs are unditching beams  a poor man's tank recovery vehicle .The beam is chained to the tracks in the front or rear  and dragged under the tank  to  free itself .

thejoker91 #8 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 15:36

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View PostGabo, on Nov 14 2012 - 15:05, said:

chieftain, since we are on it, what are the two square things in front of the gun compartment on the t92 arty?

And what was the obsession of putting logs on russian tanks?

Tankers wanted a piece of mother russia to go to combat with them. The bigger the log, the better morale the crew had.

Anomali #9 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 16:25

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View PostGabo, on Nov 14 2012 - 15:05, said:

chieftain, since we are on it, what are the two square things in front of the gun compartment on the t92 arty?

And what was the obsession of putting logs on russian tanks?

The logs were used to get tanks unstuck from muddy patches and ditches.

Lert #10 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 16:50

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It's the captain's log. He writes his battle reports on it.

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View PostLOBSTER_MOBSTER, on Nov 14 2012 - 15:33, said:

The logs are unditching beams  a poor man's tank recovery vehicle .The beam is chained to the tracks in the front or rear  and dragged under the tank  to  free itself .

I wouldn't necessarily say "poor man's" recovery vehicle - since Russia is huge it could take hours or half a day for the regiments recovery vehicle to get there, and risks getting stuck itself of course. What unit commander would want a vehicle out of commission vulnerable to artillery fire or aircraft for that long?

Gabo #12 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 21:50

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so why didnt the other nations use it? too proud?

Blackhorse_Six #13 Posted Nov 14 2012 - 22:06

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View PostGabo, on Nov 14 2012 - 21:50, said:

so why didnt the other nations use it? too proud?

They did - Usually, there were trees wherever they went ... or they had a better ratio of Recovery assets, like 4:50 instead of 1 or 2:100.

Not so across much of the Soviet Union, so the Russians carried their logs with them ... Mired or Bellied tanks were left behind in the advance - crews were responsible for their own recoveries, unless they had suffered immobilizing battle-damage.

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The British invented the tank , and the unditching beam soon after .It wasn't a insult husband  , I think a recovery vehicle  and  its crew are preferred.




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