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Apr 23, 2013

M1921 - upcoming new medium tank

In today's new "Uncle Sam's Tanks" video, we could catch a glimple of the new American lowtier medium tank


It's the American M1921 medium tank. Designed in 1921 at the Rock Island Arsenal plant, it was tested at Aberdeen in February 1922. It had a British cable and suspension track design and used several engines (from 220hp Murray-Tregurtha to 338hp V12 Liberty), allowing it to go as fast as 26 km/h (16 km/h with weaker engine). It weighted 18,6 tons and was armed with a contemporary British 6pdr (57mm), along with a 30cal MG. The armor values I haven't found, but they most likely are very thin.

This vehicle never got to be manufactured, but the American engineers - as mentioned in the video - gained valuable experience from its design. In World of Tanks, it might appear around tier 2 (3, if SerB feels sadistic).

Edit: just a "reminder": this is NOT the M1921 "Christie" tank, that appeared in the earlier versions of the full American tree as a part of Christie tanks. That's a different vehicle with the same name.

The Christie M1921 looked roughly like this (this is the 1919, earlier version)


34 comments:

  1. Is this going to lead to a new line?

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    1. Doubt it. Historically it was a blind branch (apart from a few other testbeds on the same platform).

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    2. Yes, that would be my guess.

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  2. Why WG would do it if that aint gonna be a tank from another line.Also does WG have material for 2nd us heavy and medium line??

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  3. No speed, way to large to hide, huge weak 'spot', quite ugly ...

    Make it a tier 3 premium with reduced MM spread and I'll buy one. ;)

    Nekrodamus EU

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  4. This tank looks like a retarded cousin to the ARL 44 and any of the American Tanks, and with a super small gun.

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  5. Damn this thing is fugly

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  6. Probably the year 3 Christmas present, particularly if it clocks in at tier 2. Tetrarch, T1E6, now this.

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    1. Maybe.
      But I think they will give another nation's tank this year, I would guess german or british.

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    2. That's the only holdup in my mind too, although technically the Tetrarch, while implemented as lend-lease, is British, and they just emptied the design guns on low tier German and Russian tanks. I just can't see them putting this in as a tier 2-3 premium - when was the last time they sold a premium that low tier that wasn't arty?

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  7. With R2D2 on turret :)

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  8. And, you can thank me for putting the video in the last article's comments.

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    1. Actually, I was on it by then... :) But thanks anyway :)

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  9. Ehh, it's sad that WG doesn't like the dead end branches, some of them could be really fun with original vehicles... I hope that it'll be in a normal tree!

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  10. 6pdr (57mm) probably means it has to be Tier 3

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    1. It's a 1920 model or something... that's what the tier 1 British tank is equipped with

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  11. Look at that weakspot.........

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  12. TheLordFlasheartApr 23, 2013, 5:44:00 PM

    That makes the AT8/7 weakspot look tiny

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  13. Unnecessary tumours came early, I see. Not that weakspots are relevant to paper boxes like that, but it gives it a rather large profile when peeking over a hill.

    -Platypusbill

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  14. Well, why not?
    I mean, the american medium and heavys both are
    only researchable via the M3 Lee.
    So a second line of medium tanks from tier 2 to the Sherman?
    I approve that.
    So it would be: Tier 2: M1919, Tier 3: M1921.
    The only thing thats needed now is a tier 4 Medium.
    Any ideas?

    Cyberfries

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  15. Nice to see it at least. The picture has been available since September last year.
    http://wot-news.com/main/post/09182012/2

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  16. Did I saw an Indiana Jones tank in this video?

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    1. I think that in Indiana Jones movie there was Mark VII actually, but I'm not sure.

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    2. From imdb:
      The tank that Indy fights is a replica of a British/American Mark VIII, manufactured in 1918. Its armament consisted of two six-pound guns and seven machine guns; only 107 were produced due to the end of the war. The tank shown in the film has a turret replacing the large cupola for the commander/driver, and no machine guns; it is also much faster than the real Mk VIII's.

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  17. Very, very ugly. It's one giant weakspot. I think SerB was in a really bad/troll mood when he decided to introduce this into the game.

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  18. My bet: a reward tank for Birthday Cards.

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  19. I actually happen to have the armor values for this tank. At its thickest it was 1 inch (25.4 mm) and at its thinnest (on the engine deck to be exact) was 3/8 inches (9.5mm). This is all coming from Hunnicutt's book on the Sherman

    My guess is this will be tier II considering that the Brits get a similar gun (or maybe the same one) at tier I.

    -ApplesauceBandit

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  20. I love it. It's so ugly it's cute.

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  21. Btw. American 6-pdr is of tier IV only.

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    1. That is modern 6pdr, this one is adopted late 19th century naval 6pdr/57mm Hotchkiss L/40 (later cut down to L/26 for better handling over rough terrain) which was mounted in first British tanks. It had way worse ballistics then WW2 6pdr gun.

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  22. Some info on armor here:
    http://www.oocities.org/firefly1002000/christanks.html

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