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In addition to the wheels freezing up there was a Major issue with
maintenance to the wheels. If an Inner wheel failed or was damaged the set
of wheels in front and behind it had to be removed in order to access it. I
discovered this while doing research for a 1/35th diaram I was working on at
From: SteveT44 [mailto:SteveT44-at-comcast.net]
Sent: 11 July 2003 16:19
Subject: RE: Design question?
You got it right. The Germans loved their heavy tanks and had to spread the
tonnage around. They did it for more even ground pressure. Of course there
was a downside. The complicated suspension played havoc with the German
armor during the Russian winters. All the mud in the road wheels would
freeze solid overnight immobilizing the tanks in the morning. The wiley
Russians knew this and would attack in the mornings with their superb and
fully mobile T34's!
Steve 'Can't Wait for Winter' Tyng
[mailto:tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com]On Behalf Of Zach Ginter
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2003 8:56 AM
Subject: Design question?
I had never been able to figure out why the Germans used interleavened
road wheels on their half tracks, Tigers and Panthers. What sort of an
advantage does it give? All I can think of is less strees on the
suspension or more even ground preasure... Does anyone have any ideas?