Memo regarding guidelines for new AFV development (1944)
Original title: VPM med förslag till riktlinjer för planering och utprövning av nya stridsvagnar mm.
This memo (dated 1944-11-29) suggests guidelines for future AFV development. It starts off with discussing foreign developments, and states that the general opinion seems to be that anti-tank weapons have reached such a degree of efficiency that merely building more heavily armored tanks no longer seems cost-efficient. At the same time, the demand for “support tanks” (self-propelled guns and tank destroyers) is on the rise.
With this in mind, the memo suggests a number of new developments, mostly improvements of existing designs, and suggests that using the new “split” turret with an automatic gun rammer (currently under development at Bofors) might be a good idea.
Archive reference: SE/KrA/0062/D/01/016:H/F I/4