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    Don't know if this has been done yet, which Tank, in your opinion, would have been the most effective Tactically (Company/Platoon scale combat) had WW2 gone on another year...
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Dashy View Post
    Don't know if this has been done yet, which Tank, in your opinion, would have been the most effective Tactically (Company/Platoon scale combat) had WW2 gone on another year...
    I'd say Centurion.

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    • #3
      I think for the all around attributes it would have been the Centurion.
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      • #4
        Yup! Its got to be the Centurion for me too.

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        • #5
          What about the T-54? IIRC though serial production didn't start until 1947, the tank was there 1946.

          But I'll be honest. The Centurion Is quite possibly the best tank ever made when compared to its peers.
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          • #6
            Going on specifications alone, I'll have wave the Red Banner and declare the T-54 leading the pack. It's based on a proven chassis, engine and gun (100mm D10 - this gun prods bottom way better than the 17pdr or the 90mm), and has superior armour thickness to the Centurion. Prototypes were around in 1945 and it was officially accepted in 1946, with limited production.

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            • #7
              I did read one website which claimed the T-54 trials wasn't an overall success, any truth in this?
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              • #8
                The Centurion as not only the best tank in 1946 but it also boasted the largest gun in Korea, and was probably the best tank then too.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Achtung Baby View Post
                  I did read one website which claimed the T-54 trials wasn't an overall success, any truth in this?
                  It got a suspended sentence and had to make reparations, but this was quashed on appeal.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gencallan View Post
                    The Centurion as not only the best tank in 1946 but it also boasted the largest gun in Korea, and was probably the best tank then too.
                    The 20pdr of the Centurion was of smaller calibre (84mm) than the 90mm of the M-46 Patton and M-26 Pershing.

                    However, the T-54 has thicker armour, bigger gun, goes faster and farther than the Centurion. But, the crew does have to be midgets.

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                    • #11
                      Don't think the 20-pdr was available until 1948.

                      But the 17-pdr firing APDS was still a better hole-puncher than the D-10.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by broderickwells View Post
                        Going on specifications alone, I'll have wave the Red Banner and declare the T-54 leading the pack. It's based on a proven chassis, engine and gun (100mm D10 - this gun prods bottom way better than the 17pdr or the 90mm), and has superior armour thickness to the Centurion. Prototypes were around in 1945 and it was officially accepted in 1946, with limited production.
                        According to Zaloga's volume on the T-54 & T-55, the T-54 was accepted for service in April 1946 but production did not begin until 1947 at Nizhni Tagil, followed by Kharkov in 1948. So it was not ready for service at any time in 1946. Your latest Soviet medium tank actually in service during 1946 would be the T-44.
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                        • #13
                          Don't forget IS-3 and M26, they are more in the Centurion league than T-54.


                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iosif_Stalin_tank#IS-3


                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M26_Pershing

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by vathra View Post
                            Don't forget IS-3 and M26, they are more in the Centurion league than T-54.


                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iosif_Stalin_tank#IS-3


                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M26_Pershing
                            Perhaps more importantly, both were actually in service during 1946.
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                            • #15
                              The Centurion was certainly a fine tank, but by 1946 the 17 Pounder is getting a bit old. It really wasn't until it was armed with the 105 that it could be considered the best MBT around.
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