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WindSplitter1 #1 Posted 04 November 2018 - 03:11 PM

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Hello.

 

I was wondering if someone could explain why German AFVs (or more specifically, their engineers decided to) have their transmissions on the front instead of the rear?

 

I'm no expert but I think having the whole drivetrain in the rear, along with its fuel tanks would reduce the amount of breaking points. Specially so when the transmission can be set on fire as other players have explained to me in a similar question.

 

Any insight, please? Thank you in advance. Have a nice weekend.



Strappster #2 Posted 04 November 2018 - 03:27 PM

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View PostWindSplitter1, on 04 November 2018 - 02:11 PM, said:

Specially so when the transmission can be set on fire as other players have explained to me in a similar question.

 

It can't. You used to be able to set fires with a transmission hit but that was removed a couple of years ago. Now you only see it as engine damage, probably because there's no separate warning light for the transmission.

 

As for why the transmission is up front, there's a good explanation on Quora. TL;DR - it was considered to be a better solution for the overall design at the time.



PeaceWalker1 #3 Posted 04 November 2018 - 03:27 PM

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The transmission was pretty heavy as far as i know, by putting it in the front you could balance out the tank easier and decrease gun overhang.

You are probably not the first one to ask this question, maybe there were threads like this before, which may offer better answers than i do.



Bracciano_gatto #4 Posted 04 November 2018 - 03:30 PM

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This should answer your question:

 

https://www.quora.com/Why-did-most-German-tanks-in-WWII-have-the-transmission-at-the-front-while-most-of-the-Allied-tanks-transmissions-were-at-the-rear

 

with then pros and cons of such design

 


Edited by Bracciano_gatto, 04 November 2018 - 03:31 PM.


bnmm113 #5 Posted 04 November 2018 - 03:40 PM

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its harder to throw a track (de-track yourself) if you have drivewheel in front

WindSplitter1 #6 Posted 04 November 2018 - 04:05 PM

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View PostStrappster, on 04 November 2018 - 02:27 PM, said:

It can't. You used to be able to set fires with a transmission hit but that was removed a couple of years ago. Now you only see it as engine damage, probably because there's no separate warning light for the transmission.

 

This is quite true, Strappster. So I noticed. Thank you.

In this particular case, however, I was referring to real life. :)

 

Thank you all for your answers. Very insightful. :)







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