I'm very proud that we were able to get an official response of highly-respected researcher in the field of German WWII tanks - Mr. Hilary L. Doyle regarding that "transmission thing" with E-series (namely front drive for E-50 & E-75). What's more important, this statement doesn't go against our suppositions.
"Firstly, in this case Overlord
is completely correct. Any engineer or logical person can see that
these sketches do not make sense. But he must avoid shooting the
We have talked about the
philosophy that Tom and I adopted after the success of our “best-seller -
the Encyclopaedia of German Tanks” (Arms & Armour Press, published
in 1978). We try only to report the facts that we
find them in original documents. As time has gone on we have become
even stronger in our determination to avoid speculation. There are more
than enough charlatans prepared to sell snake oil concerning German
Panzer development and users. The “facts” are
actually far more interesting and there is still plenty of new material
to be unearthed but of course this involves really hard and expensive
research that the home based enthusiasts is not prepared to do.
In our Panzer Tracts No.20-1
“Paper Panzers” on a single page we summarised of the “facts” available
on the E50 and E75 proposals. Most important are the five general
requirements of a next generation of Panzers
Of course, behind our summary I
have collected some seventy pages of original documentation. Most are
original calculation sheets on possible drive train and suspension
ideas. My drawings are based on the sketches attached.
Clearly, these first thoughts and proposals on future Panzer
requirements were never given any priority and as the war situation
deteriorated. To me the “real“ engine/transmission package designers
from Maybach never actively got involved and the armour designers
certainly had not considered how a rear drive might be mounted. What
we see are proposals “that are the best ideas since sliced bread” being
pushed by fringe companies and they certainly had no authority to
design the necessary new armoured hull. Overlord
should try to address his doubts to the inventors that made these
sketches in 1944.
Any additional information
published on E50 or E 75 besides that in Panzer Tracts No.20-1 and
Spielberger's Band 8 Special-panzerfahrzeuge is merely fantasy and
should be labelled as such.
We do not need to dream up E50
& E 75 designs since Porsche and Daimler-Benz outlined a possible
tank design for the Indian government in 1955 which incorporated many
of the E50 & E 75 ideas. This also did not get
off the proposal drawing board but two years later, as part of one of
the consortia bidding for the Standard Panzer (later Leopard), Porsche
used these ideas once again. See the attached drawings." (see those HLD watermarks on the pics)
Once again many thanks to Mr. Doyle, whose works were a good source on many of German tanks in-game, and WG.net military expert Chieftain.
Following the announcement of tier 10 TDs and Meds, presenting you the new tier 10 German MT - E-50 Ausf M with rear drive layout.
Unlike Leo 1 (we keep it in mind), it has neither been finished nor seen any kind of action. However its armour fits tier 10 concept better (Leo has got 70mm front hull and 35mm sides which makes him similar to BatChat).
Note that the turret is closer to the front, the overall profile will be a bit lower (-10cm), other minor visual differences from tier 9 E-50 are on the blueprints.