Earlier this week we offered 13 lucky bit-gamer
readers the opportunity to win some free gold tokens to spend in the superlative game, World of Tanks
All you had to do was correctly identify the ten tanks from the black and white silhouettes, which we revealed in our original news story
To say the response to the competition was enthusiastic would be a grave understatement, as we received over 5,900 responses; far more than most competitions receive. Clearly, a lot of bit-gamer
readers love World of Tanks and tank spotting.
However, as not all the respondents correctly identified all ten tanks, we thought it prudent to show you what each silhouette was hiding. After all, there are severe punishments in World of Tanks for friendly fire incidents, so it's important that every budding tank commander knows when, and when not to fire.
So, without further ado, here are the tanks:
Tank #1 was a real monster - the 66 tonne German Ferdinand heavy tank destroyer
Tank #2 was another heavy tank destroyer, in this case the Soviet ISU-152
Lurking behind the third silhouette was a Soviet KV tank. This tank was so heavily armoured that during the German invasion of the Soviet Union, no German tank could penetrate it from the front. The particular variant shown is known as the KV-2, thanks to its enlarged turret, which is necessary to house the mammoth 152mm cannon
If you couldn't correctly identify this then you need to go back to tank school, because it's one of the most visually distinctive tanks ever made - the American M3 Lee, sometimes known as the Grant. It has an unusual shape because it houses two main weapons; a 75mm gun in the hull and a 37mm gun in the turret
Tank #5 was of course the classic American M4 Sherman, the second most numerous tank in history. Tankheads will note that the particular variant shown is the up-gunned M4A3E8
Tank #6 was designed in Germany as a direct response to the highly successful Soviet KV (see #3) and T-34 (see #8) tanks. It is, of course, the Panther. This was one of the best tanks of the Second World War, although early models were plagued with reliability problems as they were rushed into service without adequate testing
The seventh silhouette foxed many of you, and is in fact a German Panzer IV, or to give its full name, the Panzerkampfwagen IV Sd.Kfz. 161. The workhorse of the German Army in the Second World War, the Panzer IV was progressively upgraded as the war progressed, leading to many variants with different turrets, armour and primary weapons
The German Tiger (see #9) may have had more documentaries made about it than any other tank, but the tank that has the best claim to winning the war was the Soviet T-34. Made in vast numbers (over 84,000), the T-34 was also innovative, making extensive use of sloped armour and a diesel engine
The ninth silhouette hid one of the most powerful tanks of the Second World War - the mighty German Tiger. Thanks to its near-impenetrable armour and long-barrelled 88m gun, this tank was feared by all Allied tankers
The final tank you needed to identify was the German Tiger II, also known as the King Tiger and Royal Tiger. One of the heaviest operationally-used tanks of the Second World War, this monster had thicker armour and a more powerful gun than any other tank, bar the Jagdtiger tank destroyer that was developed from the Tiger II. However, it was severely underpowered and very unreliable. In fact, more of these were abandoned by their crew after breaking down than were lost to enemy fire
So, how did you do? Did you get them all right, or only a few? If you got them all right, you may be one of the lucky readers, so read on to find out...
The Winners of our Guess the Tank Competition:
The first randomly-selected reader to correctly identify all ten vehicles was Travis Brewer
. Congratulations Travis, don't spend all of your 5,000 gold
tokens at once!
The second randomly-selected reader to correctly identify all ten vehicles was Makulakamula
. Congratulations Makulakamula, 2,500 gold
tokens is enough to buy a one-month Premium Account.
The third randomly-selected reader to correctly identify all ten vehicles was Przemek G
. Congratulations Przemek, and have fun with your 1,000 gold
Finally, there are the ten runners-up, each of who won 500 gold
tokens. In alphabetical order these are Aldous Dayco, Axelock Ozylion, Daniel Jørgensen, Jasper Kukkola, Kyon Choi, Martin Začek, Michael Su, Roman Garber, Terrordrone2 and Zach Gardner
. Congratulations, and have fun spending your gold.
If you're one of the lucky readers, then you can expect to receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org in the next 24 hours, which will contain the promo code you to unlock your prize.
If this competition has whetted your appetite for tank destruction, then you can read more about World of Tanks
in our recent review. Thank you for taking part in our competition, and if you didn't win, then better luck next time. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the forum