Video of the Day: Mark V tank Kubinka

From the youtube channel of Russian tank researcher Yuri Pasholok, here is Mark V tank Kubinka 2016.04.11.

The Chieftain’s Hatch: Marines via Australia

hatchlogoOver at the World of Tanks website, Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran has posted an article written by historian Ken Estes about the career and experiences of WW2 era Marine tanker Lt. Col. Rowland Hall.


Anzac Day is a day of solemn commemoration in Australia and New Zealand. The last time I touched upon this was two years ago, with a bit of background, and then an overview of one of the feats of arms of the Australian forces: The Defense of Tobruk.

Those of you who have seen the miniseries The Pacific might remember an episode set in Melbourne. Australia’s role wasn’t just to send manpower and equipment to fight for the Crown. The country had a similar role in the South Pacific as the UK did in Europe: A bulwark to hold on the edge of the theater, a staging and training area for future operations, and a place for some R&R.

Some time ago, Ken Estes sent me an article for the Hatch: the reminiscings of Marine officer Rollo Hall. Rollo’s writings do not focus on Australia per se — they are his view of the war as a whole and of the development of the Marine Corps tank force, but the amount of words he wrote about his time in Australia is indicative of just how important the country was to the prosecution of the war for the US, both in practical terms for combat training, as well as the morale effect of cameraderie with allies. This should give something of a holistic view of the general environment. So, I hand the keyboard over to the late Rowland Hall.

Read the full article here.

UK Armour & Embarkation event this June

War History Online has an article about the upcoming “Armour & Embarkation” event in Dorset on June 18 and 19.  This event features a large collection of functioning WWII era tanks and armored vehicles intended as a recreation of allied forces just prior to the D-Day landings.

 12439349_1080773191995666_8576051266672425764_nA massive of tanks and armour and ‘big’ heavies will come together and form a convoy which will then drive through the lanes and towns of Dorset for an unmissable and unforgettable event. Re-enactors and vehicle owners from around Europe will don original uniforms, carry weapons and equipment that would have been taken on embarkation to give spectators a real taste of history and breathe new life into the story of D-Day and the Normandy invasion.

“With the help of military vehicle enthusiasts the Armour & Embarkation event aims to demonstrate the true scale of the operation behind one of this country’s most important events in modern history.” The group will also be participating in the Veteran’s Weekend on Sunday 19th June by continuing their journey to Weymouth and taking part in the activities.


The War History Online article has a large gallery of photos from the 2010 and 2012 versions of this event.  View them here.

For the facebook page of Armour & Embarkation 2016 June, click here.

Video of the Day: World War II Tank & Vehicle Relic’s in Libya

This video showed up on youtube earlier this month.  Self explanatory title.

Turkish M60 tank survives ISIS Kornet missile

IHS Jane’s is reporting that a Turkish M60T MBT survived a hit by the Islamic State using a Russian made 9K129 Kornet ATGW.  On April 19, video appeared online claiming to show the destruction of a Turkish tank by an ISIS guided missle near Mosul.  The video shows the missile striking the tank but ends shorting after the initial detonation.  IHS Jane’s states that the Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported that the Islamic State carried out an attack on a M60 tank at Bashiqah. The source said the tank had been slightly damaged and there were no casualties in the camp.  The IHS Jane’s article also includes a picture of an M60T with damage to its turret add-on armor.


Here is the video of the missile strike:

Oddly enough, this incident mirrors a situation from earlier this year in Syria where a Russian built T-90 was struck by a US made TOW missile.  Video was released claiming to show the destruction of the tank, although much like this current video, it cuts off after the initial impact and explosion of the missile warhead.  Later, it was revealed that the T-90 survived the missile strike with only minor damage.

Video of the Day: What does The Queen have in common with this Army tank technician?

The UK Ministry of Defense wishes a happy birthday to a female British tank technician.

Armor for the Ages Marder II page

The Armor for the Ages website has been updated with a new page on the two  German WWII era Marder II tank destroyers at Fort Benning.  The page includes a description and history of the vehicles as well as two photo galleries.  The photos show quite a bit of interior detail of the vehicles and should prove rather useful to anyone working on a model of a Marder II.


MarderIItext03The subject of this article is one of two Marder IIs shipped to the United States after having been surrendered in Austria to the U.S. forces as the war ended. One was sent to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) while the other was sent to the Armor School Museum at Fort Knox which eventually became the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor. Both Marders were part of the 1. Panzer Division in its Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung (reconnaissance  battalion).  The 1. Panzer Division was listed as still having 12 Marder IIs as of March 1945.

Read the full article and view the galleries here.