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Turret Traverse Speeds (WWII)

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Is there any data on the turret traverse speeds of some of the more "obscure" AFVs of WWII, such as the PzKpfW 38(t)? What books or websites would you recommend for finding this type of information?

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Traverse times are a very iffy area if translated as a target acquisition measurement. AFAIR one of the problem areas can be a speedy traverse can be linked to a "sloppy" turret where over-traversing occurs. Also taking a 360degree figure is not really a battlefield measurement as hopefully you are fighting with the enemy in a known quadrant.

It would be an interesting line of enquiry as to whether short barrel weapons always have an advantage in quick targeting - all other things being equal. Rather as a pistol in a room is more use than a rifle!

When I get a chance I will look at some of my reference books but AFAIR early war and tank turret rotation speed rings no bells. I suppose so many things are more relevant to tank effectiveness.

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