German Tank Manufacturing Strategy In WW2

 

A while back I created a post about the American tank design and development strategy.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/was-the-us-army-really-stupid-during-ww2/

Having looked at the winning side, I thought that I would look at the losing side and show why, in the end the Germans strategy comes down to “how to do it  the wrong way.”

Germany’s design strategy was rather different from the evolutionary development strategy pursued by it’s enemies.  The Wermacht started the war with tanks that, while small were adequate for the jobs they called upon to do.

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Technology That Hasn’t Been Used

Aerospike rocket engines:

The aerospike engine was to be used first on the x33 Venture Star, an attempt to gather information leading to a true reusable Single Stage To Orbit(SSTO) vehicle.  Unfortunately the X33 died because of mission creep and cost overruns.  Essentially the mission planner forgot what the X projects were for and tried for a fully flight ready vehicle when what was needed was an engine test bed.  They truly forgot the KISS principle in design and development.

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