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View Poll Results: Considering user needs, which tank had the best transportability factor?
Matilda II 0 0%
Crusader 0 0%
Churchill 0 0%
Valentine 1 2.56%
Cromwell 1 2.56%
Somua S-35 0 0%
Char B-1 bis 0 0%
PzKpfw 38(t) 2 5.13%
PzKpfw III 5 12.82%
PzKpfw IV (short & long guns combined) 1 2.56%
Tiger I 0 0%
Panther 0 0%
Tiger II 1 2.56%
M 13-40/14-41/15-42 0 0%
Type 97 Chi-Ha 0 0%
BT-5/7 1 2.56%
T-34 (76 and 85 combined) 4 10.26%
KV-1 0 0%
IS-2 0 0%
M3 Medium 0 0%
M4 Medium (all versions combined) 23 58.97%
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Greatest/Best Tank - Transportability & Deployment

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http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...d.php?t=122093

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Welcome to the Transportability Poll; one of twelve polls where you will have the opportunity to help decide the greatest/best tank of WW2, as determined by our ACG membership.

You are also invited to discuss/debate the transportability/deployment factors of all 21 tanks in this particular thread.


11. Transportability & deployment (max 20 points)

This criterion addresses only those situations where tanks are being transported rather than travelling under their own power. Therefore, it is mostly concerned with strategic deployment/mobility.
However, it can to a certain extent include the operational context; as when tanks are transported by rail from one part of a front to another for example.
Some tanks are more difficult to ship/transport and deploy than others but of course the requirements and situation of the user nation/s also come into the picture and you should weigh these into your assessments also.


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Please rate the remaining 20 tanks by placing each of them into one of the brackets below:

In your opinion, and in consideration of the needs of the side that used it, was the overall transportability/deployment factor of the tank ...

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Good (12)
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Personally, the Sherman is top dog here imo. Otherwise, I've simply gone by weight in most cases.

Excellent (18) - M3 Medium, Valentine, PzKpfw 38(t), M 13-40/14-41/15-42, Type 97 Chi-Ha, BT-5/7

Good (12) - Matilda 2, Pz III and IV, Cromwell, Crusader, T-34, Somua S-35

OK (6) - IS-2, Churchill, Char B-1 bis, KV-1, IS-2


Poor (0) - Tiger 1 and 2, Panther.
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Nick nailed it again there is really no need to do anything else that just quote his post, but I shall do one change. I would move panzer II and IV to excellent as I think that German railway carts are build so that maximum number of Panzers would fit. Same goes to Soviets. So same as Nick, but Panzer III,IV and T-34 to Excellent.
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Benchmark: M4 Medium

Excellent: M3 Medium, T-34, PzKpfw III, PzKpfw IV, Valentine, Crusader, Somua S-35, PzKpfw 38(t), M 13-40/14-41/15-42, Type 97 Chi-Ha, BT-5/7

Good: Cromwell, Matilda II,

OK: Churchill, Char B-1 bis, KV-1, IS-2, Panther,

Poor: Tiger II, Tiger I

The M4 medium seems to have been designed around its transport requirements.

That bunch of excellents: they're all quite light and don't require an specialised equipment for loading or getting to the front. As the tanks get heavier, then there are a few problems.

The two Tigers needed to have wheels removed, transport tracks fitted - in short, a lot of faffing about.
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Tops goes to the panzerIII the size is perfect for ships,planes trains. The fact that the Germans didn't have to ship mass amounts isn't the tanks fault.
excellent would have to go to
M4 M3 pvIV t/34 and 38T has to go hear as well IMO,to high and or to heavy for benckmark on the others I don't go by manufactured numbers and shipped.
good would have to be Crusader matilda cromwell churchill

poor would be the rest
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The M4 medium seems to have been designed around its transport requirements.
+1 when I get the chance.

Strategic and operational mobility is the Shermans real strength.
The tankers that operated the M4 complained that it was numbers that defeated the Germans, not quality of their machines. The veterans may have been right up to a point, but the fact remains that the M4 was designed within the limits of US shipping, and was possibly the best tank under its own steam as well. That is one reason why the M4 helped the Allies more than any Axis machine helped their side.

US tankers said they won through numbers and really big gonads. At least the specs on the M4 allowed for superior numbers, and this category should be a M4 winner imo.
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Tops goes to the panzerIII the size is perfect for ships,planes trains. The fact that the Germans didn't have to ship mass amounts isn't the tanks fault.
excellent would have to go to
M4 M3 pvIV t/34 and 38T has to go hear as well IMO,to high and or to heavy for benckmark on the others I don't go by manufactured numbers and shipped.
good would have to be Crusader matilda cromwell churchill

poor would be the rest
Dave, you've got nothing in the OK (6 points) bracket; and you've dropped all of the following into the Poor (0 points) bracket:

Valentine
Somua S-35
Char B-1 bis
Tiger I
Panther
Tiger II
M 13-40
Type 97
BT-5/7
KV-1
IS-2

Are you sure this is what you really want? I've entered them as such for now but please let me know what you want changed/corrected.


brod, Nick and Senorankka:

Thanks for your input. All entered on spreadsheet.
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oops to many thanks I will revise


ok 6 points would be
Panther, Valantine , type 97,BT5
The big tanks have to get a 0 here sorry
and I am ashamed to say I don't even know what souma is to be honest I will look it up tonight.
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oops to many thanks I will revise


ok 6 points would be
Panther, Valantine , type 97,BT5
The big tanks have to get a 0 here sorry
and I am ashamed to say I don't even know what souma is to be honest I will look it up tonight.
No worries, Dave, I've made those changes. There's plenty of time for adjustments so if you want anything else changed later, please let me know and I can do that for you.

Also, no need to be ashamed for not being familiar with a particular type of tank. Not everyone lives and breathes these things, and I think most folks have other ways to spend their leisure time. I'm sure you're very far indeed from being the only one around here who isn't a total tank nut; and if you ever want to do it and you have the time, just a little bit of extra research can go a long way. Perhaps one of the spin-off benefits of these polls is that some members might have their curiosity aroused and be prompted to read up a bit more on the lesser-known tanks.

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11. Transportability & deployment (20) T-34

Excellent (18) Somua S35 PzKpfw III PzKpfe 38T M13-14 M4 Type 97

Good (12) BT 5/7 Cromwell Churchill M3 Valentine Matilda II PzKpfe IV

OK (6) IS-2 KV-1 Crusader Tiger I Panther

Poor (0) Tiger II Char B-1

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11. Transportability & deployment (20) T-34

Excellent (18) Somua S35 PzKpfw III PzKpfe 38T M13-14 M4 Type 97

Good (12) BT 5/7 Cromwell Churchill M3 Valentine Matilda II PzKpfe IV

OK (6) IS-2 KV-1 Crusader Tiger I Panther

Poor (0) Tiger II Char B-1

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The two Tigers needed to have wheels removed, transport tracks fitted - in short, a lot of faffing about.

And couldn't fit through the european railway tunnels. IIRC the Tigers bound for Italy and Africa had to go round the alps.
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Winner---PzIII


Excellent (18)M4 Sherman, S-35, Bt-7, PzIV, Type-97
Good (12)M-13/14, M3 Grant, T-34, Valentine, Churchill, 38t, Matilda II
OK (6)Cromwell, Crusader, IS-2, CharB1 bis, Panther, Tiger I, KV-1
Poor (0)Tiger II


I had a tough debate between the Sherman and the PzIII. Eventually I decided based on which one was intended to be good in this category and which one gained the ability by accident. When the Americans were designing tanks in the 30's they had this factor in mind. Any U.S. war would definitely be fought far from the factories making the tanks, so transportability was ever present in the design process. The Germans however, didn't know they would be shipping tanks over a thousand miles away to north africa. On road, rail, over sea and on and off ports. So the PzIII gets a slight edge over the Sherman, and if I could vote for both in the top slot I would.

We all know where the King Tiger belongs.
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Winner---PzIII


Excellent (18)M4 Sherman, S-35, Bt-7, PzIV, Type-97
Good (12)M-13/14, M3 Grant, T-34, Valentine, Churchill, 38t, Matilda II
OK (6)Cromwell, Crusader, IS-2, CharB1 bis, Panther, Tiger I, KV-1
Poor (0)Tiger II


I had a tough debate between the Sherman and the PzIII. Eventually I decided based on which one was intended to be good in this category and which one gained the ability by accident. When the Americans were designing tanks in the 30's they had this factor in mind. Any U.S. war would definitely be fought far from the factories making the tanks, so transportability was ever present in the design process. The Germans however, didn't know they would be shipping tanks over a thousand miles away to north africa. On road, rail, over sea and on and off ports. So the PzIII gets a slight edge over the Sherman, and if I could vote for both in the top slot I would.

We all know where the King Tiger belongs.
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