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The Fw 190 A-8 was part of the Fw 190 family designed by Kurt Tank. The A-8 began production in February 1944, its distinction was an Erhöhte Notleistung injection boost system that increases engine power for a short period of time. The Fw 190 A-8 variant was the most produced of the Fw 190 A models, with up to 6,655 planes produced until the end of the war.
The Fw 190 A-8 in-game is armed with four 20 mm Mg 151/20, able to fire off Minengeschoß “mine shells.” Complementing the wing cannon armaments are two 13mm MG 131 heavy machine guns in the nose as back-up. It can carry a payload of two 21 cm Werfer-Granate 21 rockets, which were meant for anti-bomber duties, but was also used against ground targets.
The Fw-190 A-8 were produced in many factories across German territory. In France, an aircraft factory near Cravant produced the Fw 190 A for the Luftwaffe. When the Allies invaded France in Operation Overlord and drove the Germans out, the factory was abandoned with many Fw 190 fuselage and other parts left behind, sabotaged and with no working engines to prevent immediate use. The factory and its planes were taken up by the SNCAC as the Atelier Aéronautique de Cravant (AACR) to fix up the Fw 190 parts into finished planes with working engines. These French Fw 190 would be designated as the NC.900, the first finished in 15 March 1945.
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Panzerjäger I - The first German Tank Hunter
There is no need to introduce German tank destroyers, serving during the World War 2. But only one of them was the first German dedicated tank destroyer – the small and light Panzerjäger I. In War Thunder, if you just started your way down the German ground forces technological tree, the Panzerjäger I will be your first tank destroyer as well, being a rank I vehicle with the BR value of 1.7.
The Panzerjäger I’s story start with the PzKpfw I German light tank. This tank, originally designed to be a training vehicle, was armed only with dual rifle-calibre machine guns, and was thus absolutely unfit for combatting enemy armour – a weakness discovered during the Spanish Civil War. Despite that, the Panzer I continued to be used as a frontline vehicle even during initial campaigns of the Second World War. Even before the outbreak of the war, the tank was however already hopelessly obsolete with its machine-gun only armament and light armour, and was next to useless in frontline service.
Germany however possessed hundreds of them in 1939, and the idea to simply phase them out was considered to be potential waste of good chassis. An idea was thus proposed to convert PzKpfw I tanks into an interim light tank destroyer, a vehicle specially designed to combat enemy tanks. During the conversion process, the running gear and chassis were unchanged. The turret was removed and replaced by a lightly armoured casemate, which was open from the top and from the rear (very similar conversion resulted in the Flakpanzer I anti-aircraft vehicle, also available in War Thunder). The new vehicle was designated as the Panzerjäger I ("Tank Hunter").
-Author: Jan "RayPall" Kozák
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