TOG (tank)

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TOG II in the Bovington Tank Museum

TOG II in the Bovington Tank Museum

General properties
crew 6 (commander, gunner, 2 loaders, driver, radio operator)
length 10.13 m
width 3.12 m
height 3.05 m
Dimensions 81.3 t
Armor and armament
Armor 50-114 mm
Main armament 1 × 76.2 mm (Ordnance QF 17-pounder)
Secondary armament 1 × 7.92mm Besa machine gun
drive Paxman-Ricardo 12TP
447 kW (600 bhp)
suspension unsprung (TOG II)
torsion bar spring (TOG II *)
Top speed 13.7 km / h
Power / weight 7.48 hp / t
Range 80 km

The TOG and TOG 2 were two prototypes of a British main battle tank from World War II , which were produced between 1940 and 41.

These enormous vehicles represented an anachronism , because the construction looked quite similar to the tanks of the First World War , which was quite intentional. The abbreviation TOG meant "The Old Gang" ( English for The Old Gang ); this is what the British World War I veterans were called.


The TOG was designed for the same battles as 1914-1918; he should be able to overcome obstacles and bring movement into trench warfare with wide trenches and the heaviest fire of all kinds. Originally the TOG had the turret of the Matilda II with a 2-pounder cannon (caliber 40 mm), later it was given a new turret from the not introduced Challenger with a 17-pounder cannon (caliber 76.2 mm).

The TOG was next to the heavy Sturmpanzer / Jagdpanzer Tortoise the heaviest British armored vehicle that was ever built.

This tank, however, was completely oversized, large, bulky, heavy and with a maximum speed of 15 km / h also extremely slow and immobile. The driving characteristics can be described as bad because of the simple drive, the unreliable power transmission did the rest.

In addition, its strong armor was arranged vertically almost everywhere, which was disadvantageous (an inclined armor plate placed more material in the way of the horizontally impacting projectile with the same thickness and promoted its ricochet). In addition, it is doubtful whether it would actually have withstood the heaviest artillery fire .

As a tank built according to completely outdated criteria, it was of no tactical use for the battlefield of the Second World War and therefore useless. Only the two prototypes that were never used were built. The TOG was scrapped, whereas the TOG 2 is preserved for posterity in the Bovington Tank Museum .

Technical specifications

Designation : Heavy Tank TOG Classification : heavy battle tank

Technical data of the TOG prototypes
0 General characteristics
Construction year Ordered in 1940, the prototype first ran in March 1941 May 1943
Manufacturer William Foster & Co. Ltd
number of pieces 1 1
crew 8 (commander, gunner, loader, driver, 4 machine guns) 6 (commander, gunner, 2 loaders, driver, radio operator)
Weight 64.6 t 81.3 t
Tower weight 6.05 t 8 t
length 10.1 m 10.13 m
width 3.1 m 3.12 m
height 3 m 3.05 m
suspension unsprung
0 armament
Main armament 1 × 40mm cannon (Ordnance QF 2-pounder) 1 × 76.2 mm cannon (Ordnance QF 17 pounder)
Secondary armament 1 × 75 mm cannon in the hull / bow
4 × 7.7 mm Vickers machine gun
1 × 7.92mm Besa machine gun
Tower front 75 mm 114 mm
Tower sides 75 mm 76 mm
Turret stern 75 mm 53 mm
Tower roof 20 mm 30 mm
Tub bow 76 mm
Tub side 76 mm
Tub rear 50 mm
engine Paxman-Ricardo 12TP, twelve-cylinder four-stroke diesel engine (V-engine, 60 ° bank angle), water-cooled
power 447 kW (600 bhp) at 1500 −1
Displacement 58.66 l (the engine weighed about 3 tons)
Power / weight 9.42 hp / t 7.48 hp / t
Top speed 13.7 km / h
Driving range 81 km
trench width that can be traversed 366 cm

See also

Web links

Commons : TOG II (Panzer)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jump up ↑ The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss , 2002
  2. ^ British and American Tanks of World War Two, The Complete Illustrated History of British, American, and Commonwealth Tanks 1933–1945, Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis, 1969
  3. ^ Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  4. The Illustrated Guide to Tanks of the World, George Forty, 2006