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Inside the Chieftain's Hatch: Matilda II


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Lucius_Stertinius #21 Posted Jan 22 2014 - 04:04

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The Germans captured a number of these in North Africa and put them to good use.  The Brits had the same problem as the Germans...they couldn't effectively penetrate the Matilda's armor.

TheGrind3r #22 Posted Jan 22 2014 - 05:22

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Hey chieftain,

                     Cool video! Never knew there were storage boxes on the front. Did you know that a version of that bogie suspension system was first used on a locomotive? Loved how the British vehicle identification system worked. T for Tank? You don't say! All your videos are great but I especially liked the video on the Jagdpanzer "Hetzer" 38t. Keep up the good work!



Simon_EZ8 #23 Posted Jan 22 2014 - 05:44

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This is great; the Matilda II is probably my single favorite tank- I'm sentimental about the things for some reason.

 

I've only ever seen one, the one at Aberdeen Ordnance Museum (presumably now moved with the rest of the collection). Painted solid white for fighting in the Western Desert, and I know it was stopped by an 88mm round at some point, because that's the diameter of the hole in the turret side near the front.

 

http://farm4.staticf...f74c13f9b_z.jpg

 

I measured. ;)


Edited by Simon_EZ8, Jan 22 2014 - 05:45.


ChumCreature #24 Posted Jan 22 2014 - 15:07

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:D You make me jealous I can't go to Kubinka. Take pictures of all the tanks and post 'em would ya? That would be cool.

OIS #25 Posted Jan 22 2014 - 15:35

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I really enjoyed watching part I. You and your crew do a super job of preparing these! I greatly enjoy watching them all.It is my favorite non-gaming part of WOT!

 

 



dirtythedawg #26 Posted Jan 22 2014 - 16:33

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Bring on the Interior!

kayjay #27 Posted Jan 22 2014 - 20:25

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Awesome,  there is one at the tank farm here but its being restored. 

 

Of interest -

the 2 pdr gun did not have an HE round.  Have to wonder about the thought process if its an infantry support tank maybe be able to shoot HE?

This is the A12, there was also an A11 Matilda I infantry tank that served in France.

 

The diamond insignia on the turret is part of the British tactical marking system. 

HQ was a diamond - this one has HQ also p[painted on, the  '4' is the troop number. 
A Squadron was a triangle, B SQN  by a square, C by a circle

 

The color of the symbol indicates the seniority of that regiment  in the brigade.  Blue in this case is the third most senior regt. 



Hochtaloughie #28 Posted Jan 23 2014 - 02:03

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I bought the premium Matilda at pretty much the same time as I started playing the game 2 years ago. I had read the Colin Forbes novel "Tramp in Armour" back in the early '70's and have sort of had a soft spot for Matildas ever since (the one in the novel was nicknamed "Bert" so, of course "Bert" is the inscription I use in-game on my British tanks, lol).

 

Looking forward to watching the rest of these videos as they come out! :smile:



Cragger #29 Posted Jan 23 2014 - 06:30

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Wow, the in game armor scheme on the front of all the Matilda II derived tanks is WAY off from reality. Granted considering how many inconsistent the British chassis are among themselves and lend lease versions, wargaming having got it wrong here doesn't surprise me in the least.

zucchinibob #30 Posted Jan 23 2014 - 14:10

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Is it true that the slots in the Matilda's side/ track-covering armor are to get rid of mud that has built up in the tracks?

zucchinibob #31 Posted Jan 23 2014 - 14:20

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View PostAutobotMech, on Jan 22 2014 - 02:01, said:

Awesome first bit chief, can't wait for the rest ALL 'THE HATCH'

 

Corrected it for you

 

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xt6wagon #32 Posted Jan 23 2014 - 19:44

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View Postzucchinibob, on Jan 23 2014 - 14:10, said:

Is it true that the slots in the Matilda's side/ track-covering armor are to get rid of mud that has built up in the tracks?

 

The large holes? Yes. 



KnightmareX13 #33 Posted Jan 25 2014 - 00:33

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speaking of matildas I was looking at my twitter and came across this https://twitter.com/RealTimeWWII/status/426823903609389058/photo/1  appears to be a captured Matilda with German markings

Xlucine #34 Posted Jan 25 2014 - 02:12

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Shows one of the front stowage bins too

ChumCreature #35 Posted Jan 28 2014 - 22:44

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Is it wrong that during the opening I can name most of the tanks? :|

the_moidart #36 Posted Jan 29 2014 - 01:37

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View PostCragger, on Jan 22 2014 - 21:30, said:

Wow, the in game armor scheme on the front of all the Matilda II derived tanks is WAY off from reality. Granted considering how many inconsistent the British chassis are among themselves and lend lease versions, wargaming having got it wrong here doesn't surprise me in the least.

I'm not sure that's true. I think its still pretty hard to penetrate the front hull head on, whereas I've gotten myself killed many times while angling.

 

Anyway, nice to see the MVTF again. I'll be lucky enough to see this tank and all the others in a few days from now! :D



The_Chieftain #37 Posted Jan 29 2014 - 02:05

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View Postthe_moidart, on Jan 29 2014 - 00:37, said:

I'm not sure that's true. I think its still pretty hard to penetrate the front hull head on, whereas I've gotten myself killed many times while angling.

 

Anyway, nice to see the MVTF again. I'll be lucky enough to see this tank and all the others in a few days from now! :D

 

When are you swinging by?



MotherbrainJr #38 Posted Jan 29 2014 - 03:46

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Is it just me or are you particularly fond of this tank? :teethhappy:

 

The Matilda was so much fun to play and I had no idea any still existed.

Great update! Thank you.  



sharlin648 #39 Posted Jan 29 2014 - 11:38

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Great vids on the exterior can't wait for the interior shots..although you're a tall chap and the Matilda is a small machine, good luck getting inside!

talon04 #40 Posted Jan 30 2014 - 16:18

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I can't wait for part 3




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