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Why didn't America build better tanks in World War 2?

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Knudd_Stonefist #1 Posted 29 September 2013 - 02:35 PM

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Came across this question when surfing the net. (and the response is very interesting)wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_didn't_America_build_better_tanks_in_World_War_2

Edited by Knudd_Stonefist, 29 September 2013 - 02:38 PM.


Ham_Shank #2 Posted 29 September 2013 - 03:44 PM

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Well Americans had no idea how advanced Germany was. When they realised it was too late. They focused on numbers not quality. Same thing with russians. Brittish were not able to make enough tanks so americans gave them tanks and Brittish leaders had no idea how to fight with tanks. Germans had many stupid idead about tanks and some tanks were too fragile or unreliaple to work.

Still those tanks that worked were far better than Allied tanks.

OmaiGodman #3 Posted 29 September 2013 - 03:48 PM

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True, keep in mind when they started to encounter Tigers and Panthers, the Americans started the development of the M26, but by the time they were able to start production of those tanks, the was was already pretty much in its final phase. Besides, Shermans are small and relatively light. They chose the tankrush strategy.

Now why they didn't fit more Shermans with 17-pounders is anyone's guess but apparently the Americans weren't too keen on the British modifying "their" tanks.

olukej #4 Posted 29 September 2013 - 03:57 PM

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The germans had problems making their Tigers cross most rivers. Now imagine what kind of problems the americans would have had ferrying tanks as over-engineered as the Tiger over a bloody ocean.
When you wage a war thousands of km away, you want to simplify logistics as much as possible, which favors simple and expendable designs.

Edited by olukej, 29 September 2013 - 03:59 PM.


great_kahn #5 Posted 29 September 2013 - 04:34 PM

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You get that in rapidly developing technological warfare.

Germany was way behind in some areas, they had no aircraft carriers, a major factor in the outcome towards the end of the war. They also had no heavy bombers.

GiraffeInATopHat #6 Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:04 PM

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Germany made the best tanks in WW2 but not in enough quantity to win. Each German tank lost near the end of the war could not be replaced.The allies had the quantity of tanks to take each one out in turn.

CuddlyPanda #7 Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:32 PM

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Also bear in mind that in certain periods during the later part of the war (post D-Day) German tank were sometimes not spotted for a long period of time. Better tanks were not needed since the Sherman was reliable, easy tank to maintain tank, easy to build tank. You can check "Operation Think Tank", they talked about the same question. Cant remember which part is that, but it's worth checking out :)

The_Boot #8 Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:17 AM

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has anyone cut and pasted the link below into your search engine?

View PostKnudd_Stonefist, on 29 September 2013 - 02:35 PM, said:

wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_didn't_America_build_better_tanks_in_World_War_2

Edited by The_Boot, 01 October 2013 - 10:17 AM.


misterslate #9 Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:34 AM

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View PostKnudd_Stonefist, on 29 September 2013 - 02:35 PM, said:

http://i979.photobuc...-pershing_4.jpg
Came across this question when surfing the net. (and the response is very interesting)wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_didn't_America_build_better_tanks_in_World_War_2

Gotta love that picture. only the americans would think to put extra weight on the back of a tank to get it to do a wheelie!  :trollface:





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