Was this tank actually terrifying when compared to the Mark 1 Posted on May 21, 2023 by PrepHole Contributor Was this tank actually terrifying when compared to the Mark 1
Germans were surprised by tanks for about a month and then figured out artillery destroyed the slow moving tractors like anything else and they became a non factor.
>and they became a non factor.
then why was Germany desperately developing both their own tanks, using captured tanks, and developing anti-tanks weapons at the end of the war?
>developing both their own tanks
because they still work against infantry
and thats how they won and lived happily ever after
Are you stupid
The point is they weren't wonder weapons that beat the axis. Ultimately it was the economic isolation and years of war economy that did it.
The vain hope that there's would far better.
but nobody said anything about wonderweapons, that's a strawman, OP was asking simply about individual level fear
Nobody said anything about wonder weapons anon
>that beat the axis
Central powers anon not Axis
>doesn't know about the 100 days
>and they became a non factor
Except for a handful of retards who moved from plain cope into straight delusion and started writing fanfictions about an alternate history where said piece of junk became the model for all armored cavalry. Pathetic, really.
>when compared to the Mark 1
>Was this tank actually terrifying
Yes. This was a totally new form of hell in what was already a hellscape.
Only if you and your battalion are only armed with rifles and machineguns, yes. Artillery could take it out, but if there wasnt a gun in line of sight, you were fucked. At this time, artillery wasnt the organic aid it is nowadays that could be called upon to help every squad leader, it was used on a much higher level and because of the poor communication (runners, pidgeons, telephones) and time to set it up, tended to be mainly used as support for plastering large areas, not single moving targets.
This gradually changed during the 1930s though, with light anti tank guns and rifles being added like machineguns where in ww1, so as time went by, tanks lost some of their fear. But if a unit was caught without AT support, yes it would be terrifying - the 1940s had entire (non-AT) regiments breaking and running when tanks attacked, from the Battle of France to the encirclement of Stalingrad.
A heavy machine gun is scary no matter what vehicle it's mounted on.
I'm not sure if "terrifying" since it was smaller and much less armed, but it was certainly way more useful in practice since it was lighter (thus doesn't get immediately stuck in mud), more reliable and had a gun that could actually fire in all directions.
After seeing the giant steel coffin of doom the FT, despite being a far more dangerous design, appears far less threatening