This article deals with the history of tanks employed by various military
forces belonging to the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China
within China. From the early half of the 20th century, tanks were
initially obtained from other countries; eventually indigenously
designed Chinese tanks started manufacture and became used during
the Cold War and towards the modern era.
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killing machines piloted by the Deutsche Marskorps across the baking red
deserts of Mars. It's exploring the deadly skies of Jupiter under the
constant threat of Europan disintegration. It's RAY gun wielding heroes
bulls-eyeing mutants in the blasted ruins of Io" - Ken Spencer, Rocket Age Line Developer
Rocket Age is the core rulebook in our new radium-powered game line
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The Panzerkampfwagen IV (Pz.Kpfw. IV), commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank developed in the late 1930s and used extensively during the Second World War. Its ordnance inventory designation was Sd.Kfz. 161.
Designed as an infantry-support tank, the Panzer IV was not originally intended to engage enemy armor—that function was performed by the lighter Panzer III. However, with the flaws of pre-war doctrine becoming apparent and in the face of Soviet T-34
tanks, the Panzer IV soon assumed the tank-fighting role of its
increasingly obsolete cousin. The most widely manufactured and deployed German tank of the Second World War, the Panzer IV was used as the base for many other fighting vehicles, including the Sturmgeschütz IV assault gun, Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer, the Wirbelwind self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon, and the Brummbär self-propelled gun.
Robust and reliable, it saw service in all combat theaters involving
Germany and has the distinction of being the only German tank to remain
in continuous production throughout the war, with over 8800 produced
between 1936 and 1945. Upgrades and design modifications, often made in
response to the appearance of new Allied tanks, extended its service life. Generally, these involved increasing the Panzer IV's armor protection
or upgrading its weapons, although during the last months of the war
with Germany's pressing need for rapid replacement of losses, design
changes also included retrograde measures to simplify and speed
The Panzer IV was the most widely exported tank in German service,
with around 300 sold to partners such as Finland, Romania, Spain and
Bulgaria. After the war, seeking to improve its armored forces, Syria
procured PzKpfw IV from France and Czechoslovakia, which were to see
combat in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Tiger II is the common name of a German heavy tank of the
Second World War. The final official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B, often shortened to Tiger B.
The ordnance inventory designation was Sd.Kfz. 182. It is also
known under the informal name Königstiger (the German name
for the "Bengal tiger"), often semi-literally translated as the King Tiger or Royal Tiger by Allied soldiers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_II
On a personal note, it has always amazed me considering the
relatively small number of these monsters produced, how they
seem to make up a disproportionate number of forces on the
games table . No idea why that would be. ;-)
A reminder from our good friend J Womack, Esq from Scattergun Gamer: http://thescattergungamer.blogspot.com/
Today is Texas Independence Day. On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its
independence from Mexico. Seven weeks later, on April 21, 1836, a treaty
was signed by President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (the self-styled
"Napoleon of the West"), recognizing Texan independence.
Happy Birthday to my fellow proud Texans!
Was out at the store later in the day told someone that it was Texas
he remarked that it was 80 yesterday and 25 today with
freezing rain...he went on to say "perhaps President Santa Anna's heart really wasn't into the fight" ;-)
The Evil Empire on the Brazos (BEE) chronicles the on going wars (games) and the diplomatic efforts (Posts/GNN Reports) of all the known nations (wargame collections) in my little area of the galaxy.My goal is to both entertain
and inform those new to art of miniature wargaming, and have a few laughs with it. This Blog is open to all and also welcomes comment from all and I hope that many will come to join in the madness.....)