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WindSplitter1 #1 Posted 17 April 2020 - 11:38 PM

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Hello,

 

I've read this article that said sometimes, when crews had to ditch, abandon or scuttle their vehicles, they sometimes kept or locked their guns in full recoil.

My question is... why? Mechanically speaking, what is the benefit from that [upon the vehicle's discovery by enemy forces]?

 

Why does "locking" a vehicle's gun in full recoil renders it unusable?

 

Thank you very much for the time spent answering.



Miepie #2 Posted 18 April 2020 - 01:39 PM

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Maybe they mean "sabotage the recoil brake", so that when the enemy fires the gun it wrecks itself and possibly squishes the loader? :justwait:

MeetriX #3 Posted 18 April 2020 - 02:31 PM

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My guess is that they took out the breach lock.

Gruff_ #4 Posted 18 April 2020 - 08:04 PM

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To add to the theory of rigged tanks?

WindSplitter1 #5 Posted 18 April 2020 - 10:19 PM

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View PostGruff_, on 18 April 2020 - 07:04 PM, said:

To add to the theory of rigged tanks?

 

I'm speaking of real life.



Gruff_ #6 Posted 19 April 2020 - 12:37 AM

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View PostWindSplitter1, on 18 April 2020 - 10:19 PM, said:

 

I'm speaking of real life.

This may give some clues, I'm no real life tank expert so not sure if WW2 tanks had fluid they would drain or springs to put under undue strain in the recoil mechanism.  Either way anything to prevent or hamper the time it would take to get everything operational again would make sense.


https://www.quora.com/When-tanks-are-transported-are-the-guns-recessed-like-when-a-shell-is-ejected-to-save-space



Nishi_Kinuyo #7 Posted 19 April 2020 - 09:40 AM

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Could be a bit like spiking the guns from way back when, I suppose.

mpf1959 #8 Posted 19 April 2020 - 12:25 PM

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Can a shell be loaded into a gun stuck in full recoil? If not, that'd be it i'd say.

WindSplitter1 #9 Posted 20 April 2020 - 03:17 PM

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View PostGruff_, on 18 April 2020 - 11:37 PM, said:

This may give some clues, I'm no real life tank expert so not sure if WW2 tanks had fluid they would drain or springs to put under undue strain in the recoil mechanism.  Either way anything to prevent or hamper the time it would take to get everything operational again would make sense.


https://www.quora.com/When-tanks-are-transported-are-the-guns-recessed-like-when-a-shell-is-ejected-to-save-space

 

View PostNishi_Kinuyo, on 19 April 2020 - 08:40 AM, said:

Could be a bit like spiking the guns from way back when, I suppose.

 

View Postmpf1959, on 19 April 2020 - 11:25 AM, said:

Can a shell be loaded into a gun stuck in full recoil? If not, that'd be it i'd say.

 

I think these are it

Thank you everyone for your answers :)







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