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Poll: Tank nicknames (170 members have cast votes)

Do you use nicknames for tanks?

  1. Yes! (125 votes [73.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 73.53%

  2. No. (33 votes [19.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.41%

  3. I don't talk about tanks. (12 votes [7.06%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.06%

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Andrenas #1 Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:07 PM

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It's a historical fact, that soldiers gave monickers for own and enemy tanks. Also I find it very inconvenient to say "Em-four-A-three-Ee-two" in a conversation with a friend, but have "in-house" names only for a few (see the list bellow).
I hope you will find some of them usefull, funny or both. And feel free to post your own, I'll edit them in ;)

USSR "Invsible  tanks"

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MS-1:   "Srhoom",  "Pepperbox"
T-50:    "Flea"

T-50-2:   "Russian  Ferrari"
, "T52"

Valentine:   "Heartbraker"
T-28:   Postvan (historical nickname), "Boobs", "Coffin for 5 brothers"
(historical nickname, disputed)
T-34:    "Mickey Mouse" (historical nickname), "Waterfowl" (Fin. "Sotka", hist.)
T-54:    "Roach"  
KV:   "Klimi" (historical), "Kiwi"
KV-2:   "Fridge"
KV(107mm):   "Pinochio"
KV(152mm):   "Opener", "Cigar"
SU-76: "Bare-arse Ferdinand" [Golozhopy Ferdinand] (historical nickname)

SU-152:  "Beastkiller" [Zveroboi] (historical nickname)
  
ISU-152:   "Thundertin"
Objekt 704:   "UFO"
SU-18:   "Loo on wheels", "Duckling"
SU-14:   "Fridge",  "Schoolbus"
S-51:   "Pinokio",  "Unicorn", "Woodpecker", "Doomcanon", "Stork",
Objekt 212:    "Schoolbus", "BigBadaBoom"
    

German  "Snipers"

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LTractor:   "LOL-Tractor"
38H735(f):   "Mini-Maus"
Stpz I Bison:   "Stake",  "Cow"
  

Marder:   "Murder",
Hetzer:   "Hamburger"
JgPzIV:   "Jagdpansy", "Fryingpan", "
Guderian Ente" (Historical)
Ferdinand:   "Ferdi", "Piggyback"  
Pz38t/NA:   "Dumpling"
  
VK3601(H):   "360"
VK3001(P):   "Pawn"
Tiger P:   "Piger"
Tiger II:   "King Tiger"
(historical nickname)
VK4502A:   "Scuff", "Mini Shoe"
VK4502A:  
"Slipper", "Shoe"
Maus:   "Bunker"
Wespe:   "Wasp", "Waspinator"
Grille:  "Grill"
GW Panther:   "Dracula"

All Panthers/Tigers in general:   "Meow",  "Kitty"  

USA "Boneheads"
  

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T1 Cunningham:    "Wall-E"
Chaffee:    "Flea"
, "Coffee", "Ladybug", "Chapy"
M3 Lee:   "MELee", "Garbage Truck"
M4:   "Ronson" (Historical), "Tommy Cooker"
(Historical)
M4A3E2:   "Jumbo"  (historical nickname)  
M4A3E8:   "Easy Eight"  (historical nickname)
Any M4 with 105mm:   "DerpSherp"
T1 HT:   "Barn", "Tit"
M6:   "Superbarn", "Misha"
M6A2E1:   "Mamoth", "Mutant 6"
T82:    "Jeep", "Stuart convertible"
T28:   "Skinny turtle"
T95:   "Turtle", "Crawler"
M12:   "King Kong"
M40/M43:   "King  Kong", "Long Tom"
T92:   "Hand of  God"    

French  "Frogs"

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AMX 38:   "Spaceship"
AMX 40:    "Duck", "UFO", "Fast & Furious", "Rubberducky"

AMX 12t/13t:    "Grasshopper"
Lorraine:    "Missy",  "Quiche"
Bat.Chat:    "Batmobile", "Long Schlong"
BDR G1B:    "Potato"
, "Soap", "Submarine"
ARL 44 (stock turret):   "Gipsy wagon", "Coffin head"
ARL 44:    "Cruiser"

Chinese
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Type 59:   "Zergling", "Plastiktank", "Riceman", "Moneytrain"


2Girls1Tank #2 Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:14 PM

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Me and a friend have that strange way of calling both pershing or ferdinand like "Pershinand" xD

aGentleTanker #3 Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:17 PM

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For me the KV(-2) with 107mm cannon was always pinochio,
and I always thought of the soviet T-28 as (school-)bus
T-82  = stuart convertible
AMX40 = UFO
S-51  = Doomcannon

ArtyomSTALKER #4 Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:18 PM

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I have a strange way of calling t59 in large packs - Zergling.

Mikicat #5 Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:27 PM

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Ferdiand is Ferdinand,  T-50-2 is T52, E-75 is Tiger-II-nowait, M4A3E2 is Jumbo, M4A3E8 is E8 and T95 is Turtle...

There are actually no strange ways me and the people I play with name the tanks to be quite frank. We give our own tanks "proper" names, but thats about it. In other names where the names of the enemies are not so clearly defined from before we'll often make up names for them, but in WoT I feel it only serves to create confusion =p. If something has a kind of dificult name we'll give it names also, Men of War is an example where one particular vehicle is known as "a thing" and another vehicle of similar design is "another thing".

IronTrash #6 Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:33 PM

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USA - M6A2E1 - "MAMOTH", "DUCK"
CCCP - KV with 155mm - "OPENER"
all german TDs - "HUNTER"
TYP59 - "CHINESE MAN", "RICE MAN"

kondziu_jah #7 Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:35 PM

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KV-2 = fridge
SU-14 = mobile toilet
S-51 = stork
Leichtetraktor = loltractor
Maus = bunker
Bat Chatillon = batmobile
AMX 40 = duck or fast and furious
Flat TD's = crumpets

Tarskin #8 Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:38 PM

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People in my clan usually call the Cunningham 'Cumbucket' but I guess some people would find that offensive o.O

Arx205 #9 Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:42 PM

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View PostaGentleTanker, on 27 February 2012 - 04:17 PM, said:

For me the KV(-2) with 107mm cannon was always pinochio,
and I always thought of the soviet T-28 as (school-)bus
T-82  = stuart convertible
AMX40 = UFO
S-51  = Doomcannon
UFO is usually used to describe Object 704, rarely T95.
Su-14 is a bus.  :lol:

roofer #10 Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:19 PM

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I think the historical nickname for the T34-85 is wrong, I believe the BT7 was Mickey Mouse

Kaffekasken #11 Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:24 PM

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View Postroofer, on 27 February 2012 - 05:19 PM, said:

I think the historical nickname for the T34-85 is wrong, I believe the BT7 was Mickey Mouse

No, the Mickey Mouse refers to a certain type of T-34 turret where the hatches when opened look like Mickey Mouse ears....

http://www.ww2aircra...nder-461-4.html

Photeus #12 Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:32 PM

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Maybe I misread, but it looks like we forgot one of the most important:

Tiger II = King Tiger (real life nickname, KT in game for short)

My favorite nickname for the T-28 (Russian) is "Rolling Death Box"; I heard the Russian nickname for it translates to: Coffin for 5 brothers

Kaffekasken #13 Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:58 PM

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View PostPhoteus, on 27 February 2012 - 05:32 PM, said:

My favorite nickname for the T-28 (Russian) is "Rolling Death Box"; I heard the Russian nickname for it translates to: Coffin for 5 brothers


That was the nick-name for the M3 Lee, which the russians got through lend-lease (and were less than impressed with, so to say)...and it was "coffin for seven brothers"...

Czert1938 #14 Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:13 PM

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e-50/75/100 - vitamins
bdrg1/arl544 with high turret - gipsy wagoon
amx 12/13 - pro machineguns
m4a3e8 with m1a2 gun - amx trainee

Nathaniak #15 Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:08 PM

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Sherman Jumbo with 105mm = derpsherp (to me at least)

DerZivilist #16 Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:46 PM

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Jagdpanzer IV = "Jagdpansy"

For obvious reasons  :Smile_harp:

Comrade_Rory #17 Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:55 PM

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Well the BDR with the first turret is either the Battle-shed or just the shed.

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View PostDerZivilist, on 27 February 2012 - 09:46 PM, said:

Jagdpanzer IV = "Jagdpansy"

For obvious reasons  :Smile_harp:

Ha! Brilliant!  :lol:

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Bat Chat = Guano

Kellomies #20 Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:09 PM

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I tend to refer to the Chaffee as "Coffee".
...mmmmmm, coffee... /Homer

In my native language I tend to refer to the T95 as "flatfish of Death", though that loses something in translation I'm afraid...

Apparently in some circles the S-51 is referred to as "Basilisk", after a WH40K artillery piece of roughly similar outline.

Historically Finnish troops nicknamed the T-28 "mail wagon" (Fin. postivaunu, ie. stagecoach) for unclear reasons (one theory goes it was thought to resemble said vehicles in Western movies popular in the period), T-34 "goldeneye" (Fin. sotka) as in the waterfowl which its silhouette rather resembles, and KV's were apparently - and rather boringly - referred to as "Klimis" for short.

AFAIK the "Mickey Mouse" nickname originally referred to BT-7s with the twin-hatch turret, but I don't see why it wouldn't have later been recycled for T-34s with similar setups.