1) A41 Centurion Mk 5. Primary British MBT of the post-war period. It is widely considered to be one of the most successful post-war tank designs. The Mark 5 added Browning MGs to the coaxial and commander’s cupola as well as storage bins on the glacis. This tank served with the Canadian Army in Europe. This example is unusual in retaining a Type A gun barrel, that is one without a fume extractor.
2 & 3) FV214 Conqueror Mk 1. British heavy tank developed in the 50s as a response to the Soviet IS-3. Contemporary and analogous to the American M103. Its 120 mm gun was larger than the 20-pdr gun carried by its peer, the Centurion. The Conqueror’s role was to provide long range anti-tank support for the Centurion. It was extremely heavy and as such, unreliable. The Mark 1 was the base model and gave the driver three periscopes.
4 & 5) T-34. The quintessential medium tank of WWII. At its introduction, the T-34 possessed an unprecedented combination of firepower, mobility, protection and ruggedness. Its 76.2mm gun provided a substantial increase in firepower over any of its contemporaries; it was mobile and its sloped armor was difficult to penetrate by most contemporary weapons. This T-34 has an early production turret. Markings indicate that it was produced at Stalingrad between early 1941 and September 1942.
6 & 7) T-34-85. The upgunned model of the T-34, this variant mounted a new three-man hexagonal turret and a 85mm main gun. This example was captured from the Egyptian Army by the French in 1956 during the Suez Crisis in Egypt as part of Operation Mousquetaire. It was part of a batch produced between 1952 and 1955.
8 to 10) SU-100. Soviet TD of WWII based off of the ubiquitous T-34 chassis. The SU-100 came about after the fitting of the 85mm to the T-34, which rendered the SU-85 obsolete. This SU-100 was built in Czechoslovakia between 1951 and 1956. This example served in the Egyptian Army, before being captured in November 1956 along with three other SU-100s, one of which is at Bovington and featured in a previous post.
We received a really well written and heartwarming letter this past week. Although it doesn’t relate directly to Choices and instead focuses on another one of our games, High School Story, I thought this letter would be great for the holiday season. Victor, thank you for letting us share your letter. Because of you, our High School Story team is now considering a MG storyline.
Dear Pixelberry Studios,
Hi! My name is Victor and I’m a huge High School Story fan! I’m a regular player, and I’m also a new player to Choices! I absolutely love your mobile games, and I even bought the official High School Story shirt! I wanted to reach out to you for a few reasons, but first I’d like to tell you about my story that led to Pixelberry.
I was born with a rare autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis (MG for short). It is extremely rare in children, yet I acquired it at age five. Basically, it weakens all of the muscles in the body, making it difficult to breathe, walk, eat, and complete simple tasks such as opening a water bottle, or a jar of pickles. Over the years, I’ve had multiple surgeries, appointments, and a lot of missed school due to recovery from surgeries and tests. Unfortunately, I’ve had to miss quite a lot of my “high school experience” due to my body’s limits, such as my inability to participate in sports, stay late at football games, be included in after school clubs, participate in PE, and even make friends. Eventually, I was forced to be homeschooled online because I couldn’t physically make it through a day of walking from class to class. Overall, it was hard for a teenager in high school to live with a disease that is constantly making me weak and unable to participate in regular teenage activities.
Then, my sister introduced me to High School Story. My siblings and I are big Laura Shigihara fans, so when we discovered her video where she sings “Best Day” live on YouTube, we had to check out your game!
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