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|M27 Medium Tank (US071)
includes one M27 Medium Tank.
The M27 medium tank was born out of the T20 programme. After the M4
series of tanks went into production, consideration immediately turned
to its successor. The US Army Ordnance Department was given the go-ahead
to start work on an improved medium tank in May 1942.
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called for a 32-ton tank armed with an automatic 75mm gun with HVSS
suspension and capable of a speed of 25mph.
The T20 was developed first, but transmission
problems led to the tank being cancelled and the best ideas transferred
to the T22. This was essentially a T20 with the five-speed transmission
from the M4 Sherman. The solutions proved unsatisfactory and this led to
the project being cancelled as well.
|At the same time as the T22 was authorised, work
began on the T23. It was essentially a T20 fitted with the tried and
tested vertical volute suspension (VVSS) as used on the M4 Sherman, and
an electric transmission from General Electric. It was initially to
have 75mm automatic, 3-inch and 76mm gun versions, but the 75mm
automatic and 3-inch versions were cancelled before prototypes were
built. In its final form, the T23 has a turret fitted
with an all-round vision cupola for the commander and a rotating hatch
for the loader. The hull has a new single-piece, flat plate at a
Super-heavy tanks and heavily-laden assault guns often overload their
engines and suspensions, making them very poor at crossing obstacles.
When required to take a Bogging Check to cross Difficult Going,
an Overloaded vehicle becomes Bogged Down on a roll of 1 or 2, rather
than the usual 1. An Overloaded vehicle must re-roll successful Skill
Tests to cross Very Difficult Going.
|Many of these design improvements were incorporated
into late-production M4 Sherman tanks which had a 47-degree hull front
and mounted the T23 turret with minor changes. A limited procurement
order of 250 T23 medium tanks were ordered and were produced between
November 1943 and December 1944 by Detroit Arsenal. These were to be
standardised as the M27 medium tank when production started in earnest.
Design by Evan Allen
Painted by Jeremy Painter
|M27 Medium Tank in Flames Of War
|Equipment and Notes
|M27 medium tank
|Co-ax MG, Hull MG, Overloaded, Unreliable.
|M1 76mm gun
Whether poorly designed, unsuitable for the conditions, or requiring
more maintenance than current supply considerations will allow, these
vehicles have a significant chance of breakdown when pushed too hard.
If an Unreliable vehicle attempts to move At the Double, roll a die. On a roll of 1 the vehicle becomes Bogged Down.
A stabiliser is a device fitted to the tank’s
gun that keeps it level when the tank is moving. US tanks are the first
in the world to be equipped with gyrostabilisers as standard. With the
assistance of the gyrostabiliser, the gunner can stay on target while
the tank is moving.
A moving tank fitted with a Stabiliser can fire its main gun at
its full ROF, but adds a penalty of +1 to the score needed to hit.
Before shooting, a tank can choose not to use its Stabiliser and fire
at the normal rate if that would give it a better chance.
Last Updated On Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront