Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: M56 Scorpion Part 2

World of tanks researcher Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran has released the second part of his “Inside the Hatch” video on the M56 Scorpion self propelled anti-tank gun.

For those that missed part one of this series, here it is.

Late Summer Break

Tank and AFV will be taking the next few days off from posting.  We have to go out of town to take care of some things.  But fear not!  While we are gone, be sure to check out the numerous WW2 tank related documents available in the free section of the Digital History Archives.  These documents include:

21st Army Group Tech Intel Report No. 2 – New Super Heavy German AFVs – Mouse, E-100, & Cricket (1945)

CIOS Evaluation Report No. 153 – Interrogation of the President of the German Panzer Kommission (1945)

Article by US Army Tank Battalion Commander – Tank Versus Tank (1946)

Soviet Tank Memorial in American Sector of Berlin (1952)

Man killed in AFV accident

2B9A027A00000578-0-image-a-3_1440344442785CBS news is reporting that a 55 year old man was killed in an accident involving a privately owned WWII era AFV in Fairfield California.  The accident occurred during a family reunion party on land owned by Herman Rowland, CEO of Jelly Belly. As part of the festivities, attendees were taking rides on Rowland’s collection of historic AFVs. California Highway Patrol says two men were riding in a 1944 M5 tank when the vehicle started going downhill. One of the men sitting on the front edge of the tank then fell off and was run over.  The name of the victim has not yet been released.

Rowland is a collector of historic AFVs and military vehicles, having purchased an  Abbot 105mm self propelled gun formerly part of the Littlefield collection last October. His collection also includes an M5 Halftrack, an M-561 Gama Goat, M113 APC, FV-603 Saracen APC and several wheeled vehicles.  The vehicle involved in the accident was reported as an M5 tank.  Images of the vehicle in question show a M5 High-Speed Tractor.

Book Alert: The Armored Campaign In Normandy June – August 1944

51eZJF8nJmL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Earlier this month Casemate publishing released a new book by Stephen Napier titled “The Armored Campaign in Normandy.” This is a hardcover book of 384 pages. As far as we can tell, this is Mr. Napier’s first book on the topic of WW2 armor history. Based on the publishers description, this book casts a rather critical eye on both Allied leadership and Allied armor in the Normandy campaign, focusing on operations Epsom, Goodwood, Cobra and Totalize. Expect to see a review of this book here next month, we are curious to see how this book compares to John Buckley’s 2004 book “British Armour in the Normandy Campaign.

Publishers Description:

Beginning with the D-day landings, this is a brutally frank appraisal of the planned use and actual results of the deployment of armour by both German and Allied commanders in the major tank battles of the Normandy campaign including operations Epsom, Goodwood, Cobra and Totalize. The Armoured Campaign in Normandy is a critique of Montgomery’s plans to seize territory and break out and describes how they failed in the face of German resistance. It details the poor planning and mistakes of British senior commanders and how the German Army’s convoluted chain of command contributed to their own defeat; these were decisions taken which cost the lives of the tank crews of both sides ordered to carry them out. Official reports, war diaries, after action reports, letters, regimental histories, memoirs of generals and recollections of tank men are used to tell the inside story of the campaign from an armour point of view to give a different but detailed perspective of the Normandy campaign from the men who fought in it.

Beasts of Kabul: Inside the Afghan Army’s Soviet Tanks

This video was brought to our attention over at  Although it’s a year old, we thought it was still worth posting.  The piece contains some nice footage showing the interior of the T-62 tank, giving the viewer an idea of how much (or how little) space there is inside the vehicle.

From the Vault: Merkava Mk.3 article from ARMOR

Today we present another article from ARMOR, this one from the May-June 2000 issue.  This article is titled “The Merkava Mk.3 Defies its Critics” by David Eshel.  Eshel is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the IDF and wrote several articles for ARMOR, a few of which focused on the Merkava.  Last month we posted an article by Eshel on the Merkava Mk.4.   Back in April we posted an ARMOR article on the Merkava Mk.2 by Richard Ogorkiewicz.

Issue #3 of The Armor Journal released

cover_3Issue #3 of the online magazine The Armor Journal has been released.  This issue features articles on the BTR-152, the Flakpanzer IV, The Lima Locomotive Works, the Mark VIII Liberty tank, book reviews and part II of an article on the Chieftain tank by Rob Griffin.  All in all, a very nicely done magazine that is getting better with each issue.  Check out their website here.  They have also launched a kickstarter campaign to take the magazine from the digital realm into the world of print.

Russia wins Tank Biathlon

The Russian hosted “Tank Biathlon” concluded this past week and perhaps not unsurprisingly, the Russian team took first place.  NBC News is reporting that Russia won in all 13 categories to remain undisputed champions in the two-week competition.. The host has also won every single challenge since the event’s inception in 2013. Seventeen countries participated this year, including China, India, Venezuela, Angola and Nicaragua.  No Western nation participated and the tanks used in the competition were exclusively T-72B3 tanks with the single exception of China who brought their own Type 96A tank.

Below is a video from RT showing the final relay race event at the Alabino military training grounds.

From the Vault: Snickers, Mr T, and a T-55

Usually in the “From the Vault” section we post pretty serious stuff, old articles, archive documents or government videos.  Today we present something on the lighter side of things.  We ran across this British TV advert for Snickers candy bars featuring Mr T and a T-55 tank.  We thought it mildly amusing and worth sharing.  Enjoy.

T-90A tanks reportedly spotted in Ukraine

Ukraine Today is reporting that T-90A tanks have been identified operating near Luhansk in east Ukraine.  If true, this would be evidence of Russian involvement in the fighting in Donbas.  According to the article, Ukrainian activists on August 14-15 published photos of the Russian armor on their facebook page.

Frankly, we are not experts on modern Russian armor so we will leave it to others to correctly identify the exact model of the vehicles in these images.  We are not vouching for the accuracy of this article, however we thought it was news worthy and will let the reader make up their own mind.  Tank and AFV News is an apolitical site.  We do not take any stance in regards to the situation in Ukraine, we are only interested in reporting on news relating directly to tanks and AFVs.  Please be advised that comments of a political nature will not be approved.