Meyer wrote:Damper wrote:So my question is if the Nazi's had abandoned projects such as the Tiger, Panther certain artillery pieces, and the V2, and instead concentrated on cheap easily produced weapons e.g. more tank destroyers, armoured cars... concrete fortifications (which was all a lot of the metal produced was fit for) would this have allowed the Reich to last longer than it did?
yeah, they should have stayed with the Panzer I... and perhaps the war would have ended in 1942
My arguement is that as brilliant a design as the Tiger and Panther were they simply weren't capable of manufacturing them to the spec required... Poor quality armour and having to change the final drive of a tank every 150 km as with the Panther is ridiculous. My understanding of operations with the Panther and TIger were that most were destroyed by their own crews rather than enemy action, Ironically this is sometimes offered up as prove of their supposed invincibility rather than as a failure of the tanks themselves.
I think if the design process had stipulate that the finished equipment must be built using the available resources they would have been able to produce a credible successor to the Panzer IV.
I mean if you're not capable of producing high quality armour plate or sophisticated transmissions and gearing then why design a tank that requires both?