After just having read the superb book by Kinnaer and Sewell about the T10 tank and variants, i wonder wether the so called "Pike nose" was worth the effort put in it.
It must have been a relatively expensive and time consuming job to weld it together, introducing a weak line in the middle of the front armour plate. Also IMHO the advantages must imho have been minimal, giving at best a few degrees extra deflection. This must be easily have been negated by the tank not facing directly its adversay in which case a flat plate would have been a better solution.
So i wonder : why this fascination with the pike nose in Russian heavy tanks ? And why did we not see it MBT's ?
On a side note the Matilda II had IMHO a much more efficient pike-like nose. The BT's, Christies and assorted 30'ies thanks (might be mistaken on the latter touhg) had them too, but these tanks were at best only bullet proof.
Edited by Inhapi, 08 March 2018 - 0922 AM.