Yogurt Academy (ヨlグルト学園) is one of the minor schools in Girls und Panzer
History & Policy
Based in Gunma Prefecture and making port at Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, Yogurt Academy is a smaller school that focuses on agriculture and animal husbandry (its the school's main classes). More specifically, they focus on keeping livestock and producing dairy products, the majority of which is yogurt that is produced with imported machinery from Bulgaria. The school is also popular for their Buddhist courses.
Almost all Senshado students also operate agricultural vehicles along with tanks. Alongside their regular agricultural products, Yogurt Academy also cultivates roses.
The unofficial motto of the school is “Frugality, Diligence, Patience.” Though their dreams of a respectable Senshado team might remain a dream for some time, because even if they became a respectable team after acquiring new tanks their Senshado budget is not enough keep them operational (and it is unknown if this will ever change), their patient nature might make the wait a little more bearable.
Originally their Senshado team consisted of CV-33 Tankettes and Panzer 38(t) Light Tanks with a single Hotchkiss H39 for use in training. As a direct offensive maneuver was very hard if not impossible with just light tanks, newer and heavier vehicles were procured. In the end, they managed to get their hands on a Sturmgeschütz III model F/G, Panzer IV model G/H, Jagdpanzer 38(t) “Hetzer”, Jagdpanzer IV/70, and Panther model D/G.
Though on paper this appears to be a very respectable force, their history is more than a little odd. The Sturmgeschütz III is presumed to be an F model, but also has the upgrades that are unique to the G model. The Panzer IV has a new drive sprocket and a single-piece 80mm frontal armor plate but is equipped with an original model ZF SSG 76 transmission. Their other tanks are also in the same state, with mismatched serial numbers and odd, nonstandard configurations. Due to their Frankenstein nature, it is commonly believed that these vehicles were originally multiple wrecks that were welded into one single working tank. For the purposes of record keeping, the Senshado Federation has simply given the tanks new registration numbers and has listed them with multiple model designations for convenience. However as no major hull or turret component had been fabricated post-war, there were very few issues during their registration process with the Senshado Federation.
In recent years these mismatched vehicles have come under criticism for lack of balance when compared to original tanks, as certain improved late-war parts could be used to upgrade a tank to make it more capable than it was originally. While technically legal, there are many dissenting voices and it seems that this issue will remain a contested topic for years to come. Another issue, although less controversial, is the mystery behind their procurement. There are rumors that Kuromorimine has quietly provided support to Yogurt Academy. Kuromorimine has since denied these claims and have begun their own investigations as to where Yogurt has acquired their vehicles. They are also popular for their Buddhist courses.
However, it is to be noted that Yogurt Academy possess many agricultural vehicles that have been modified from tanks such as the Type 95 or the Panzer III. There are talks about the possibility that their agricultural vehicles were converted back into combat vehicles if there's shortages of functional tanks and reconverted for agriculture after matches.
Usually despite having relatively mobile tanks their tactics revolve around defense and many match were lost due to a missing opportunity to counterattack.
As Bulgaria never owns aircraft carriers, the schoolship's inspiration in unknown. The schoolship's space (althought relatively small, that's why the schoolship can't have many students on board at one time) is occupied in majority by ranches, farms, highly popular bathing facilities (with spring water imported from the land).
As no Yogurt Academy student is ever seen, no visual of their uniform is available. The only known fact is that Yogurt student wear Roses on their uniform.
Yogurt Academy hasn't any students of note.
- Carro Veloce CV.33 II Series L3/33
- Hotchkiss H35 modifie 1939
- Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
- Jadgpanzer IV/70(V) "Lang"
- Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Ausf.B/C
- PzKpfw IV Ausf.G/H
- PzKpfw V Ausf.D/G Panther
- Sturmgeschutz III Ausf.F/G
- Panzer III (converted to agricultural vehicles)
- Type 95 Ha-Go (converted to agricultural vehicles)
In Girls und Panzer
The school is mentioned only in a screen where the tournament's array is revealed, as Waffle Academy's first opponents.
Gekkan Senshado Magazine
It is revealed that they fielded against Waffle Academy two Carro Veloce CV.33, one Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Ausf.G, two Hotchkiss H39, one StuG III Ausf.F/G, one Pz.Kpfw IV Ausf.G/H, one Jagdpanzer IV/70(V), one Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer and one Pz.Kpfw V Ausf.D/G Panther against Waffle and won.
- Could be named after the fact that the Bulgarian Yogurt's secret was discovered by a Bulgarian student of medicine named Stamen Grigorov who will later create an anti-tuberculosis vaccine.
- Their logo is composed of a Yogurt pot with three red roses underneath.
- The Yogurt is explained by the previous trivia.
- In Bulgaria there is a place located just south of the Balkan Mountains called Rose Valley, famous for it's rose-growing industry and produce 85% of the world's rose oil.