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?|content= The T34 is an [[USA|American]] tier 8 [[Gold Economy|premium]] [[Heavy Tanks|Heavy tank]]. With it's new setup, the T34 is now the hardest hitting tier 8 [[Heavy Tanks|Heavy tank]] pulling out even more damage than the [[IS-3]] armed with the 122mm bl-9. However, to balance these abilities the T34's cannon was given an increase in aiming time and also given a RoF of 4. This made it a trick to play espeically for players who were used to the T34's tier IX stats with a high RoF and accuracy, this creates mixed feelings about the tank. Nevertheless a seasoned T34 driver could out-gun a Lowe or a [[KV-5]] with ease because of the T34's powerful cannon. the role of the T34 hasen't changed so because of its lack of hull armor you should stick to the second line and provide firepower where your allies need it. The credit income of the T34 is similar to the [[KV-5]]. Playing a good match will earn the player plenty of credits. :Before the patch 0.7.2 arrived, the T34 was a tier 9 [[Heavy Tanks|Heavy tank]]. As of now, the T34 is a tier 8 [[Gold Economy|premium]] [[Heavy Tanks|Heavy tank]]. It was replaced by the [[M103]]. +|content= The T34 is an [[USA|American]] tier 8 [[Gold Economy|premium]] [[Heavy Tanks|Heavy tank]]. With it's new setup, the T34 is now the hardest hitting tier 8 [[Heavy Tanks|Heavy tank]] pulling out even more damage than the [[IS-3]] armed with the 122mm bl-9. However, to balance these abilities the T34's cannon was given an increase in aiming time and also given a RoF of 4. This made it a trick to play espeically for players who were used to the T34's tier IX stats with a high RoF and accuracy, this creates mixed feelings about the tank. Nevertheless a seasoned T34 driver could out-gun a Lowe or a [[KV-5]] with ease because of the T34's powerful cannon. the role of the T34 hasen't changed so because of its lack of hull armor you should stick to the second line and provide firepower where your allies need it. The credit income of the T34 is similar to the [[KV-5]]. Playing a good match will earn the player plenty of credits.
 +:Before the patch 0.7.2 arrived, the T34 was a tier 9 [[Heavy Tanks|Heavy tank]]. As of now, the T34 is a tier 8 [[Gold Economy|premium]] [[Heavy Tanks|Heavy tank]]. It was replaced by the [[M103]].
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The T34 is an American tier 8 premium Heavy tank. With it's new setup, the T34 is now the hardest hitting tier 8 Heavy tank pulling out even more damage than the IS-3 armed with the 122mm bl-9. However, to balance these abilities the T34's cannon was given an increase in aiming time and also given a RoF of 4. This made it a trick to play espeically for players who were used to the T34's tier IX stats with a high RoF and accuracy, this creates mixed feelings about the tank. Nevertheless a seasoned T34 driver could out-gun a Lowe or a KV-5 with ease because of the T34's powerful cannon. the role of the T34 hasen't changed so because of its lack of hull armor you should stick to the second line and provide firepower where your allies need it. The credit income of the T34 is similar to the KV-5. Playing a good match will earn the player plenty of credits.

Before the patch 0.7.2 arrived, the T34 was a tier 9 Heavy tank. As of now, the T34 is a tier 8 premium Heavy tank. It was replaced by the M103.

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Historical Info

== T34 ==

By the middle of 1944, combat reports from Europe describing the use of heavy tanks by the Germans stimulated new interest in the development of an equivalent American vehicle. The Pershing medium tank provided an answer to the early model of the German PzKpfw VI Tiger. However, although the latter was still in front line service, it had first been encountered by the US Army during 1943. By 1944, the Germans were introducing even more heavily armed and armored vehicles, like the PzKpfw VIB Tiger II. Although the M26 Pershing was temporarily redesignated as a heavy tank for morale purposes, it clearly did not provide an answer to the problem. On 14 September 1944, US forces recommended development and manufacture of four prototypes for a new heavy tank. Two of these were designated as the heavy tank T29 and were to be armed with the 105mm T5E1 gun. The remaining two were designated as the heavy tank T30 and were to be armed with the 155mm T7 gun.

History

In order to further increase the firepower of the T29 prototype, the US Army undertook design studies in early 1945 to modify the 120mm antiaircraft gun for tank use. These studies indicated that such a weapon, designated as the 120mm T53 gun, would have armor piercing performance superior to that obtainable with either the 105mm T5E1 or the 155mm T7. The new 120mm gun had a muzzle velocity of 3150 feet per second with a 50-pound solid shot, and development was in progress on a lightweight HVAP round with a muzzle velocity of 4100 feet per second. On 17 May 1945, the US Army recommended that two of the T30 prototype tanks be armed with the 120mm gun and redesignated as a heavy tank T34. This action was approved on 31 May.

Technical info

T34 Technical drawings
Originally, the T29, T30, and T34 heavy tanks were all to be powered by the Ford GAC engine. However, after VJ-day, the program was modified to permit the evaluation of other new power plants, and the military characteristics of the T30 were changed to specify the Continental AV-1790 engine, which was still coupled to the cross-drive transmission. On 7 November 1946, US Army recommended that the two T34 prototypes use the T30 chassis and that the characteristics of the T34 also be changed to specify the Continental engine. Prior to this, it had been intended to use the modified Allison V-1710 aircraft engine. However, use of the two chassis diverted from the T30 prototype program was recommended to reduce costs.
T34 prototype

The T34 prototypes were similar in appearance to the T29 and T30 tanks, except for the longer barrel of the 120mm gun. Like the T29, the combination gun-mount was fitted with two coaxial .50 caliber machine guns on the left side of the cannon. The heavier weight of the 120mm gun required the welding of an additional four inches of armor onto the rear of the turret bustle to balance the long cannon. On the pilot tanks, this provided an obvious identification point. No doubt, if the tank had gone into production, the rear of the turret casting would have been thickened up and it would not have been so easily detected.

Like the 120mm antiaircraft gun from which it was developed, the T53 cannon used separated ammunition. Thus, the ammunition stowage in the T34 was similar to that in the T29 and T30 tanks, which used the same type of round. The 120mm projectile and cartridge case each weighed about 50 pounds, so the problem of the two loaders in handling the ammunition was not as severe as with the 155mm gun in the T30. However, another problem arose during test firing at Aberdeen and Fort Knox: tests revealed that dangerous concentrations of smoke and carbon monoxide formed inside the turret after firing a few rounds. Also, flarebacks hospitalized at least two men at Fort Knox, and singed the hair and eyebrows of several others there and at Aberdeen. These flarebacks were caused by unburned powder gases in the gun tube being sucked back into the turret by the pumping action of the ejected cartridge case. A flash resulted when these hot gases mixed with the oxygen in the turret.

To prevent the flarebacks, a bore scavenging system was developed using compressed air to sweep out the gun tube before the breech opened. However, this complex arrangement resulted in leaks at the various valves, and required space for an air compressor and reservoir. A simple solution to the problem was the installation of an aspirator-type bore evacuator. Previously tested on the 90mm T15E4 and M3E4 cannons, it consisted of a cylindrical chamber fitted around the gun barrel just behind the muzzle. Holes angled towards the muzzle were drilled along the barrel wall and connected the bore with the evacuator chamber. As the projectile moved down the tube past these evacuator ports, the high gas pressure in the bore also pressurized the evacuator chamber. Once the projectile cleared the muzzle, the pressure in the bore dropped rapidly and the high pressure remaining in the evacuator chamber caused the formation of high velocity gas to jets from the evacuator ports. These jets angled toward the muzzle, sweeping the powder gas out of the bore before the breech opened. Tests at Aberdeen and Fort Knox showed that this simple device was extremely effective and it became a standard feature of new tank guns. 

T-series Prototypes

The T29, T30, T32, and T34 series of tanks were used to evaluate numerous experimental components after World War II. Although too late for the war for which they were designed, they provided invaluable service in developing these components for later tanks. Much of the work making the early AV-1790 engine and the CD-850 transmission a reliable power package utilized these tanks. Later, these prototypes were used in the development of other power train components, such as the XT-1400 transmission, which was tested in the T30.


American Heavy tank comparision
Mk.VII M6 T28 T29 T30 T32 T34 M103A2
Crew 8 6 4 6 6 5 6 5
Lenght 10,43m 8,43m 11,12m 11,56m 10,9m 10,83m 11,77m 11,23m
Width 3,66m 3,12m 4,54m 3,8m 3,8m 3,76m 3,8m 3,63m
Height 3,12m 3,00m 2,86m 3,22m 3,22m 2,81m 3,22m 3,56m
Weight 39,5t 57,4t 86,3t 64,25t 64,74t 54,5t 65,2t 58,1t
Engine
power
Liberty
338hp
G-200
960hp
GAF
500hp
GAC
770hp
AV1790
810hp
GAC
770hp
AV1790
810hp
AV1790
750hp
Max. speed 8,8km/h 35km/h 12,8km/h 35km/h 35km/h 35km/h 35km/h 37km/h
hull armour
(angle)
12mm
(28)
83mm
(30)
305mm 102mm
(54)
102mm
(54)
127mm
(54)
102mm
(54)
127mm
(60)
side armour 12mm 70mm 152mm 76mm 76mm 76mm 76mm 51mm
Turret armour
(mantlet)
16mm 83mm
(102mm)
- 178mm
(279mm)
178mm
(279mm)
298mm
(298mm)
178mm
(279mm)
127mm
(254mm)
top armour 6-10mm 25mm 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm
bottom armour 6-8mm 25mm 25mm 25mm 25mm 25mm 25mm 38mm
Gun 2x57mm
Hotchkiss
75mm M7
37mm MB
105mm
T5E1
105mm
T5E2
155mm
T7
90mm
T15E2
120mm
T53
120mm
M58
Secondary
armament
5x7,62mm
Hotchkiss
2x12,7mm
HB M2
2x7,62mm
M1919A4
12,7mm
HB M2
3x12,7mm
HB M2
7.62mm
M1919M4
2x12,7mm
HB M2
7.62mm
M1919M4
12,7mm
HB M2
2x7.62mm
M1919M4
3x12,7mm
HB M2
7.62mm
M1919M4
3x12,7mm
HB M2
7.62mm
M37


American Tanks
Light Tanks T1 Cunningham  • M2 Light Tank  • T1E6  • T2 Light Tank  • T7 Combat Car  • M22 Locust  • M3 Stuart  • MTLS-1G14  • M5 Stuart  • M24 Chaffee  • T21  • T71
Medium Tanks T2 Medium Tank  • M2 Medium Tank  • M3 Lee  • M4 Sherman  • M4A2E4 Sherman  • M7  • Ram II  • M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo  • M4A3E8 Sherman  • T20  • M26 Pershing  • T23  • T26E4 Super Pershing  • T69  • M46 Patton  • T54E1  • M48A1 Patton  • M60
Heavy Tanks T1 Heavy Tank  • T14  • M6  • T29  • M6A2E1  • T32  • T34  • M103  • T57 Heavy Tank  • T110E5
Tank Destroyers T18  • T82  • M8A1  • T40  • M10 Wolverine  • T49  • M18 Hellcat  • M36 Jackson  • T25 AT  • T25/2  • T28  • T28 Prototype  • T30  • T95  • T110E3  • T110E4
Self-Propelled Guns T57  • M7 Priest  • M37  • M41  • M44  • M12  • M40/M43  • M53/M55  • T92



Heavy Tanks
USA V T14 Gold  • V T1 Heavy Tank  • VI M6  • VII King Tiger (Captured) Gold  • VII T29  • VIII Chrysler K Gold  • VIII Chrysler K GF Gold  • VIII T26E5 Gold  • VIII T26E5 Patriot Gold  • VIII M6A2E1 Gold  • VIII T32  • VIII T34 Gold  • VIII T34 B Gold  • IX M103  • X T110E5  • X T57 Heavy Tank
UK V Churchill I  • V Excelsior Gold  • VI Churchill VII  • VI TOG II* Gold  • VII Black Prince  • VII FV201 (A45) Gold  • VIII Caernarvon  • VIII Caernarvon Action X Gold  • IX Conqueror  • X FV215b Gold  • X Super Conqueror  • X T95/FV4201 Chieftain Gold
Germany IV Pz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f) Gold  • IV Durchbruchswagen 2  • V VK 30.01 (H)  • VI Tiger 131 Gold  • VI VK 36.01 (H)  • VII VK 45.03 Gold  • VII Tiger I  • VII Tiger (P)  • VIII VK 100.01 (P)  • VIII VK 168.01 (P) Gold  • VIII VK 168.01 Mauerbrecher Gold  • VIII Löwe Gold  • VIII Tiger II  • VIII VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A  • IX E 75  • IX Mäuschen  • IX VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B  • X E 100  • X Pz.Kpfw. VII  • X Maus  • X VK 72.01 (K) Gold
France IV B1  • V BDR G1 B  • VI ARL 44  • VII AMX M4 mle. 45  • VIII AMX 50 100  • VIII AMX M4 mle. 49 Gold  • VIII AMX M4 mle. 49 Liberté Gold  • VIII AMX 65 t  • VIII Somua SM Gold  • VIII FCM 50 t Gold  • IX AMX 50 120  • IX AMX M4 mle. 51  • X AMX 50 B  • X AMX M4 mle. 54
USSR V Churchill III Gold  • V KV-1S  • V KV-220-2 Gold  • V KV-220-2 Beta Test Gold  • V KV-1  • VI KV-2  • VI KV-2 (R) Gold  • VI KV-85  • VI Object 244 Gold  • VI T-150  • VII IS  • VII KV-3  • VII KV-122 Gold  • VII IS-2 Gold  • VIII IS-3  • VIII IS-6 Gold  • VIII IS-6 B Gold  • VIII KV-5 Gold  • VIII KV-4  • VIII IS-5 (Object 730) Gold  • VIII IS-3A Gold  • VIII KV-4 Kreslavskiy Gold  • VIII Object 252U Defender Gold  • VIII Object 252U Gold  • VIII IS-M  • IX T-10  • IX Object 257  • IX Object 705  • IX ST-I  • X IS-4  • X IS-7  • X Object 260 Gold  • X Object 705A  • X Object 277  • X Object 279 early Gold
China VII IS-2  • VIII WZ-111 Gold  • VIII WZ-111 Alpine Tiger Gold  • VIII 110  • VIII 112 Gold  • IX WZ-111 model 1-4  • X 113  • X WZ-111 model 5A
Japan III Type 91 Heavy  • IV Type 95 Heavy  • V O-I Experimental  • VI Heavy Tank No. VI Gold  • VI O-I  • VII O-Ni  • VIII O-Ho  • IX Type 4 Heavy  • X Type 5 Heavy
Czechoslovakia
Sweden VIII Emil I  • VIII EMIL 1951 Gold  • IX Emil II  • X Kranvagn