Well, I did an oopsie… I forgot about one style, the Polar Bear for the Object 705A, and that’s because I’m not using it right now (I just had to use my Russian carpet style somewhere, 705A is so flat that it looks the best on it) and it’s not included on the list provided with the modpack as the pack itself is kinda outdated. So before we start with the American tanks let me fix that, it won’t be too long because while the tank has many details, only few of them would be used in battle and I’m not an expert in the Arctic exploration.
Polar Bear – Object 705A
As I said, this style (and two other styles from the season 4 of the Battle Pass) are realated to Arctic exploration. I don’t know much about that, so I’ll just talk about those details that came from the military (to be honest that probably should include the snowmobile on the back, but I couldn’t even find the correct model).
Now that is something I wouldn’t expect to find, especially on this style. This rifle looking thing is actually a WW2 flamethrower. It’s called the ROKS-3 and the story behind it is a pretty interesting one. There were two ROKS flamethrowers, ROKS-2 and ROKS-3. The ROKS-2 was designed to resemle a regular Mosin rifle, while the fuel and gas tanks looked like a backpack. This was a clever idea, because the flamethrower is a devastating weapon and the operators are usually targeted first if they are spotted, which was harder when the operator looked like a regular soldier. The ROKS-3 was a next, simplified model. It still resembled a rifle, but it used more traditional tanks. That’s the version we can see here, the tanks are also included. It was probably placed here to give the crew something to melt the ice during the expedition, still it’s one of the most amazing weapons I’ve seen while looking at all of those styles.
Again I tried to identify the crate, but there’s something strange about that one. From what I can see it contains around 1200 (third line: 12*0ШТ (12*0 pieces) 7,62 УС ГЖ (US GZH) cartridges. The 7,62 part makes sense, as it was the standard calibre in the USSR (albeit there were different cartridges, from the long 7,62x54mmR to the Tokarev 7,62x25mm. I have no problem with the ГЖ part too, this part was used to describe the case type, here it was the bimetallic one. Now there is the problem with the us УС. This part of the name should contain the information about the bullet type, the most common for the 7,62 ammo being the ЛПС (LPS) one – light ball bullet with mild steel core. The list of possible bullet types isn’t that short (you can check it here), but the thing is – “УС” is not there at all. Even knowing that there are around 1200 cartridges we can’t be sure what type of ammo it is, based only on that I would guess that it may be 7,62x39mm, used for the AK (which would make sense as the AKS was great for the tank crews) – the crates for the longer 7,62x54R ammo contained only around 800 – 900 pieces, while the ones for the Tokarev one could fit around 2500 of them (2 tin cans with 1200+ cartridges each). But that’s just one theory, I have two more:
– the “УС” (US) marking was used to describe the American .30-06 Springfield cartridge, the ammo for the M1919 Browning machine gun, used by the Soviets too. That would still be strange, because the country of origin is in no way a good description of a bullet type (maybe if they used only one type of American ammo) and if it was used in that way, it should be included on the list. It’s a weak theory, but it’s still something.
– the last theory is based on what we saw earlier, not on the description itself (because the “УС” still doesn’t make sense) – another fun fact about the ROKS flamethrowers is that they not only looked like rifles, they also used 7,62 ammo – the modified Tokarev cartridges were used to ignite the flame shots, so maybe this crate contains those modified cartridges, which would kinda explain weird markings and low capacity… But why would they need over 1000 cartridges if they have only one tank of fuel? That’s probably a mystery we won’t solve today.
Well that was longer than I expected… I’m afraid that the only American tank we’re going to talk about today may be the Patton, but that’s not because I’m tired or anything, but because it’s just packed with details I want to talk about, so even if I won’t include any other tanks this time, you’ll surely have something to read. Let’s go!
Pipeline – M48A5 Patton
I’m so happy they let us have this style just for playing, for me it’s one of the best styles in the game, filled with things to talk about. This Patton is clearly ready to fight in the jungle and we all know in which country the Americans used the Pattons in the jungle. M48 tanks served in the Vietnam War, but I don’t think there were any of them in the A5 version, as this modification was made in the mid-70s.
Here we can see the famous .50 cal Browning M2HB, placed where the searchlight would be. It seems to be remote-controlled. I know about “spotting rifles” mounted over the M40 rifles of the M50 Ontos, that were used to line the guns up, but I don’t think that the .50 BMG and the 105 mm shell have the same trajectory, so this M2 was probably used only as an additional firepower. As a fun fact I’m adding a photo of the remote-controlled M2 on the barrel of the M10 tank destroyer.
I love this detail, as the additions like this one were really used by the tank crews in Korea and Vietnam (think Patton KR). This makes the tank a real steel beast. It also has some pieces added so the dozer blade can be added, just like the one on the German M48RPz.
That’s the M9A1-7, the last version of the WW2 M2 flamethrower, used commonly in Vietnam.
That’s really cool. No, seriously, that’s an Igloo cooler. I believe that having something cold to drink in the middle of the jungle is a great idea.
I’m getting too close to the image limit, so here we have multiple details in one screenshot. In the back we can see the boxes for the 40 mm ammo for the Bofors guns, used on the boats and the M42 Duster. There’s also a backpack (that doesn’t look like a standard lightweight rucksack), a machete (not the standard Ontario one), an AM-M8 white smoke grenade, an M18 yellow smoke grenade, a canteen in the M1956 cover and a flashlight that looks like the MX-991/U one (sorry for that format, I have to fit multiple pieces in one picture at this point).
That’s a twin .50 cal, that for sure, but it’s not a standard M2HB version, it’s one of the lightweight variants. The muzzle device make me think it’s the XM218 (GAU-15/A) or something newer.
Now that’s a legendary weapon – the famous M60, particularly the M60D, a mounted variant of this weapon. There is also a crate or a box with “SAIGON LOGISTIC STORE” written on it, the only images I foud while searching for that wwere from an online shop “providing reproduction and original vietnam war militaria”… Close, but I feel that’s not it. I also found the information that in March 1966 the 1st Logistical Command established a store in Saigon, selling military clothing items, so that may be a box of clothes from there. Below that is an AN/PRC-77 radio transceiver, coupled with the KY-38 NESTOR voice encryption system.
The last detail for today – a surfboard. While some soldiers were really surfing during the Vietnam War, this board is something more – it’s a reference to the scene from the Apocalypse Now movie. Only the emblem was changed from the movie version.
Well that was something… I reched the image limit just by talking about two tanks, with one of them having literally two details I mentioned. I hope it wasn’t too boring for you, next time we will continue with the other American tanks.
Also I wanted to say, that I will probably need your help with one thing – yesterday I was looking at different tanks and I noticed that I have no idea what the AA guns on the Czech tier IX and tier X tech tree meds & on the style for the T 27 are. I spent quite some time searching for them, but the only conclusion I got out of that was that they are similar to the Oerlikon and Polsten, but not identical. If anyone here knows more about them, please DM me.