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Greatest/Best Tank of WW2 An archive of the WWII Forum's Greatest/Best Tank mini-contest.

View Poll Results: For its time, which tank had the most outstanding proven battlefield performance?
Matilda II 0 0%
Crusader 0 0%
Churchill 4 8.00%
Valentine 0 0%
Cromwell 0 0%
Somua S-35 0 0%
Char B-1 bis 0 0%
PzKpfw 38(t) 0 0%
PzKpfw III 1 2.00%
PzKpfw IV (short & long guns combined) 9 18.00%
Tiger I 14 28.00%
Panther 1 2.00%
Tiger II 0 0%
M 13-40/14-41/15-42 0 0%
Type 97 Chi-Ha 0 0%
BT-5/7 0 0%
T-34 (76 and 85 combined) 10 20.00%
KV-1 0 0%
IS-2 1 2.00%
M3 Medium 0 0%
M4 Medium (all versions combined) 10 20.00%
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... and Crusader?
What? It's right there.
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What? It's right there.
Well, how about that!

Can't understand how it wasn't in the quote, though. Must be a software malfunction!
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... and Tiger II?
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Winner---Tiger I

Excellent (36)T-34, PzIV, Panther
Good (24)Churchill, Matilda II, PzIII, Type-97
OK (12)Cromwell, 38t, Valentine, KV-1, BT-7, Tiger II, M4 Sherman, M3 Grant
Poor (0)M-13/14, Crusader, S-35, CharB1 bis

There are countless accounts of Tigers taking control of the battlefield and actually running out of ammo!
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Winner---Tiger I

Excellent (36)T-34, PzIV, Panther
Good (24)Churchill, Matilda II, PzIII, Type-97
OK (12)Cromwell, 38t, Valentine, KV-1, BT-7, Tiger II, M4 Sherman, M3 Grant
Poor (0)M-13/14, Crusader, S-35, CharB1 bis

There are countless accounts of Tigers taking control of the battlefield and actually running out of ammo!
IS-2?
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Blast it! Give me a few...Got to go read a little and will edit afterwards...
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Winner---Tiger I

Excellent (36)T-34, PzIV, Panther
Good (24)Churchill, Matilda II, PzIII, Type-97, IS-2
OK (12)Cromwell, 38t, Valentine, KV-1, BT-7, Tiger II, M4 Sherman, M3 Grant
Poor (0)M-13/14, Crusader, S-35, CharB1 bis

There are countless accounts of Tigers taking control of the battlefield and actually running out of ammo!

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Dang, this was a tough one. It basically came down to a coin toss for the Pz III or IV. However, I went with the PzKpfw IV here. The really tough decision between the two came when I started thinking about the Stug III's. The Pz IV won out for no less than the long barrel 75's were in a turret.
Another factor in the decision was how long they held up and fought under the increasingly appalling conditions that they did. That to me is a testament to the tanks performance.
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Dang, this was a tough one. It basically came down to a coin toss for the Pz III or IV. However, I went with the PzKpfw IV here. The really tough decision between the two came when I started thinking about the Stug III's. The Pz IV won out for no less than the long barrel 75's were in a turret.
Another factor in the decision was how long they held up and fought under the increasingly appalling conditions that they did. That to me is a testament to the tanks performance.
Thanks Chad, it's on the spreadsheet now.
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This is a hard one for me, on account of trying to seperate fact from fiction. I selected M4, though there are others which could compete, and I put them in the excellent category.

Excellent: Churchill (which almost won it), T34 (which almost won it), Tiger I, PzKpfw IV, Panther, and KV1, Matilda II.

Good: Cromwell, M3, IS2, PzKpfw III, PzKpfw 38(t), Valentine, Somua S-35.

OK: Tiger II, Crusader, CharB

Poor: Type 97, M13-40, BT 5/7.
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This is a hard one for me, on account of trying to seperate fact from fiction. I selected M4, though there are others which could compete, and I put them in the excellent category.

Excellent: Churchill (which almost won it), T34 (which almost won it), Tiger I, PzKpfw IV, Panther, and KV1, Matilda II.

Good: Cromwell, M3, IS2, PzKpfw III, PzKpfw 38(t), Valentine, Somua S-35.

OK: Tiger II, Crusader, CharB

Poor: Type 97, M13-40, BT 5/7.
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Best: Churchill.

Excellent: T34, M4, Tiger I, Matilda II, PzKpfw IV, Panther.

Good: KV1, Cromwell, M3, IS2, PzKpfw III, PzKpfw 38(t), Valentine, Somua S-35.

OK: Tiger II, Crusader, CharB1 bis.

Poor: Type 97, M13-40, BT 5/7.
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Best: Churchill.

Excellent: T34, M4, Tiger I, Matilda II, PzKpfw IV, Panther.

Good: KV1, Cromwell, M3, IS2, PzKpfw III, PzKpfw 38(t), Valentine, Somua S-35.

OK: Tiger II, Crusader, CharB1 bis.

Poor: Type 97, M13-40, BT 5/7.
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The Pz IV.

The other two contenders are of course the T-34 and the Sherman, but the Pz IV soldiered on for longer and farther than them.

The Tiger I was great, but a heavy tank, not an MBT before the definition. Ditto for the KV-1.
The Panther was much closer to the ideal, but "for its time" the Pz IV beats it.
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