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Inside the Chieftain's Hatch: M24 Chaffee.


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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Jul 10 2013 - 22:43

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Inside the Hatch is back!

We've moved to College Station, to go over the M24 Chaffee which Pico learned to drive in Tank School.



astrophysics98 #2 Posted Jul 10 2013 - 23:14

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Awesome! Great vid and very informative as always!!!

Zepherex #3 Posted Jul 10 2013 - 23:17

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Soaked up all that info, we need one of these for every tank

SdKfz252 #4 Posted Jul 10 2013 - 23:26

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Nice video, very informative about that speedy little bugger who manages for me to shout "FEGELEIN!!!" at 3 in the morning!

Xlucine #5 Posted Jul 10 2013 - 23:40

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Praise be!

Friendorpho #6 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 00:46

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The Chieftain's kryptonite has been discovered!

Even discussing replacing a torsion bar sucks some of the life out of him.

Frank_Tank #7 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 00:57

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Nice video, thanks for making/putting it up for us, I really enjoyed watching it.

KnightmareX13 #8 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 01:10

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WOOT! video hatches are back

Dodge_The_Bullet #9 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 01:24

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Love it, the chaffee was once one my first end tier tanks! hey Chieftain remember me? I saw you in a battle once

echonite #10 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 02:03

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A crew of 4? Why did they make it 5 in game?

Also, nothing about it being a scout... so remove the damn scout label and give it normal match making!

Zulnex #11 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 03:40

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Fantastic video as always. Many thanks Chieftain.

ChaffeeThings #12 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 04:15

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If the chaffee was only this interesting in-game... Usually goes "Chaffee lit, Chaffee lit on fire."

loganov #13 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 04:19

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Chieftain,

You may have figured it out by this point already, but those plates on the front and back are attachment points for the T7 Ritchie Device.  It was a system that allowed for pontoons to be fitted in front and behind the tank, allowing it to swim ashore.  It was the Pacific War's equivalent to the DD swimming tanks.  The main differences were that it was a much bulkier and heavier system that required a more gently sloping beach to get ashore.  On the upside, though, it could fire on the run in, was more resilient to enemy fire, gave far superior visibility, and could handle much greater sea states.

http://www.network54...rences question

Here's a post by Steve Zaloga on the subject.  He also addresses it in his Ospreys on the M24 Chaffee and on US Amphibious Tanks.  There's a photo of an M24 with the device in Fred Crismon's fantastic book on US Military Tracked Vehicles.  It's also likely covered in the Hunnicutt volume on the Stuart, though I haven't looked to confirm.

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The T7 Ritchie Device was basically the same as the T6 Device that was used operationally on the M4 Sherman, but designed for the smaller weight of the M5 Stuart, M24 Chaffee, and M18 Hellcat.

I hope that helps.

Cheers,

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pondhopr #14 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 04:35

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Of course I would like to know more about the massive top tire turret.  I can't find a picture of one outside of the game.  Love the first hand account about torsion bar fun.

Thank you

Grant

The_Chieftain #15 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 05:21

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Thank you, Loganov.

Actually, I had completely forgotten about the question in the months since we filmed it! (So I probably saw the answer, and never clicked)

Barasu #16 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 05:53

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LOVE your vids keep em up and roll on in WoT.

loganov #17 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 06:34

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Jul 11 2013 - 05:21, said:

Thank you, Loganov.

Actually, I had completely forgotten about the question in the months since we filmed it! (So I probably saw the answer, and never clicked)

Happy to help.

Cheers,

Logan

NutrientibusMeaGallus #18 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 07:12

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View Postloganov, on Jul 11 2013 - 04:19, said:

Chieftain,

You may have figured it out by this point already, but those plates on the front and back are attachment points for the T7 Ritchie Device.  It was a system that allowed for pontoons to be fitted in front and behind the tank, allowing it to swim ashore.  It was the Pacific War's equivalent to the DD swimming tanks.  The main differences were that it was a much bulkier and heavier system that required a more gently sloping beach to get ashore.  On the upside, though, it could fire on the run in, was more resilient to enemy fire, gave far superior visibility, and could handle much greater sea states.

http://www.network54...rences question

Here's a post by Steve Zaloga on the subject.  He also addresses it in his Ospreys on the M24 Chaffee and on US Amphibious Tanks.  There's a photo of an M24 with the device in Fred Crismon's fantastic book on US Military Tracked Vehicles.  It's also likely covered in the Hunnicutt volume on the Stuart, though I haven't looked to confirm.

Posted Image

The T7 Ritchie Device was basically the same as the T6 Device that was used operationally on the M4 Sherman, but designed for the smaller weight of the M5 Stuart, M24 Chaffee, and M18 Hellcat.

I hope that helps.

Cheers,

Logan

There goes my thought that they hooked up a boom for light vehicle extraction...... :<

ApacheBlue1 #19 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 07:28

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I HATED changing torsion bars.  There isn't a real tanker in the world that doesn't hate that nut roll.  Especially because they always break when you're tank is buried up to the glacias in mud.  The whole laissez faire teenage video game attitude towards how tanks fight in this game would change real fast if you had to actually worry about breaking torsion bars.  

As for the amphibious Chaffee idea, i would have pooped my pants if I'd been told to storm a beach in that thing like that.  Tanks and water don't mix.

karnage666 #20 Posted Jul 11 2013 - 08:47

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It's been too long . Great vid  :great:




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