- Aug 16, 2004
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- Leander, TX
There are Bulgarian and Finnish versions of the Vickers 6ton Tank Mk E as well. The Finnish tank was given the same armor values as the Polish one and now we have two each as Chinese and Bulgarian are the same. I was a bit confused by all of this back then but decided to use the Polish one as the pattern for Finnish values, just had to pick one at the time. Bulgarian values come off the Chinese counter so there we are 2-2. The most confusing thing in the depiction of Vickers 6 ton tank/ T-26 family is the target size- Vickers 6 tons, Polish 7TP and T -26 two turret models are small targets, all 45mm armed T-26s are normal. I have not been able to figure out what is goingon there.So the Polish and Chinese 6 Ton should have had the exact same values. I raised that a few years ago, I think around the time HP came out. I think it was Perry that responded and made a "no big thing" comment. Personally, though it offended my OCD nature, I did not regard it to be a real problem, there is always is a little bit of "that tastes right" judgement when armour values are roughly halfway between ASL armour "steps".
That is plausible. Now when thinking of this I recall seeing the height difference mentioned somewhere. I also believe this comparison between this family of tanks was never made until we hit a country using both Vichers and T-26 models, as the design of Russian, Chinese and Polish vehicles were done separately. By which time things were past of the point of no return.Agreed about the armour differences. Possibly the much longer and more voluminous T-26 m1933+ single turrets with large rear overhang made the difference. The Vickers Mk E height was 2.21m compared to 2.30m for the T-26.
PaulUnfortunately I don't have many books on interwar tanks, nor much on British tanks of any period either. Most of the information I got from the web. Google and lots of patience persistence is your friend.
The one book that I have that covers interwar tanks is "Czechoslovak Armoured Fighting Vehicles 1918-1948" by Charles K. Kliment & Vladimír Francev, Schiffer Military History, 1997, ISBN 9-780764-301414 (Originally $59.95). I can thoroughly recommend it.
https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/gb/vickers_6-ton-light-tank.php gives a quick outline. I had not realise that only about 153 were built. The Czechs built and exported more equivalent tanks.