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24 February 2017
Heavy Tank T34: Commanding Respect
The Heavy Tank T34 is another tank with the designation 34, but now this title conceals not a nimble Soviet medium tank, but a real American “heavyweight.” It features a massive gun, thick armor and almost an entire division of American tank crewmen on board. Get ready for a new unit that requires almost no introduction: the American Heavy Tank T34!
The Heavy Tank T34 represented an eventual attempt by the US Artillery Department to enhance the firepower of the tanks from Project T29. In spring of 1945, two prototype T30 tanks (a T29 variant with a 155mm gun and a more powerful engine) were rearmed with 120mm guns and received the designation T34. The T53 120mm gun was essentially a version of the M1 anti-aircraft gun that was adapted to be installed on a tank and it was also the most powerful of all three weapons on tanks from Project T29. Eventually, due to problems with high levels of fumes in the cockpit after the gun was fired and the risk of generating a backblast when opening the hatch, a bore evacuator was installed on the barrel of the T53 cannon to expel lingering propellant gases.
After the war ended, the pressing need to develop such heavy vehicles declined and in 1950, the entire Project T29 was permanently scrapped.
Many players have already managed to acquaint themselves with the outstanding combat capabilities of the American T29, but until recently, it simply had no decent alternative in the main branch. There is now an alternative to the T29: the Heavy Tank T34, which already stands out when it comes to the peal of thunderous gunfire – the thunder of war.
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With a more powerful 120mm gun, a new 810-horsepower engine, and an additional 100 millimeters of armored plating welded to the rear of the turret, this tank is actually slightly superior to the deadly T29 in terms of its combat capabilities.
This massive steel giant will be available soon at rank IV of the American heavy tank tech tree, and it will doubtlessly become one of the most sought-after new units in patch 1.67.
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