New “Walkarounds” from TAJ

TAJ (The Armor Journal) has posted a few new photo galleries in their “Walkarounds” section.  These include the the T28 Super Heavy Tank at Ft. Benning, the T-55AM at Kubinka Tank Museum and the T-35 at Kubinka.  Also they recently updated the gallery for the  Kubinka located Panther Ausf.G.

Click on the photos below to go to the gallery at the TAJ website.

The Matilda Diaries Part 2

From the youtube channel of The Tank Museum:

Part Two of the Matilda Diaries explores the sub-assemblies which power the turret, cooling system, drivers sight and hydraulics system.  Throughout the course of this series The Tank Museum aims to lift the lid on the overhaul of its Second World War Matilda II tank. Viewers will have a chance to see the challenges involved with the project overall, as well as the nitty gritty of dismantling and reassembling a 70 year old vehicle.

Photo of the Day: Panther rear deck

Our photo of the day comes from a listing on RELICSWW2 of a Panzer V Panther motordeck set of ventilation grills and maintance hatch with armor plate.  You can purchase this lovely item for the Panzer lover in your life for the bargain price of only $19,999!

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Video of the Day: T-34/85 at Saumur

This video appeared on youtube yesterday showing a T-34/85 moving out at Saumur Tank Museum for the Concours International de Maquettes 2016.

Task & Purpose: Here’s What It’s Like To Command An M1 Abrams Tank

Task and Purpose.com posted an interesting interview today with a former US Army M1A2 SEP Abrams tank commander:

15416919928_6935cf439d_k-840x420World War II was arguably the heyday of tank warfare; however, tankers have continued to serve on the frontlines in the Global War on Terror, particularly during the early years of the Iraq War.

While infantry provides the boots on the ground for combat operations, armor, and in particular, tanks, bring the muscle.

In addition to the main gun, which is a devastating cannon that can level a city block with ease, the M1 Abrams boasts a host of other weapons, including a coaxial machine gun, the loader’s machine gun, and the tank commander’s .50-cal.

The Army’s M1 Abrams is typically crewed by four men: the driver, the gunner, the ammunition loader, and a tank commander. Because of the confined quarters of a tank, its crews are notoriously tight knit, and like any unit that spends endless hours together in a small space, they develop their own unit rituals, traditions, and have unique outlets for dealing with the day-to-day stressors of military life.

In 2006, while deployed to Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah, east of Baghdad, Iraq, Army Capt. Aaron Doft was in charge of 15 other soldiers and four M1A2 SEP tanks — SEP meaning systems enhancement package.

Task & Purpose spoke with Doft about what it’s like to have the awesome power of a tank at your fingertips and what exactly goes on inside while you’re out on a mission.

To read the interview, click here to go to the Task & Purpose site.

Photo of the Day: Matilda I

This photo of a Matilda I was taken last month at the Tiger Day event at Bovington Tank Museum.  The photo comes from the Flickr page of Massimo Foti, who has amassed a fantastic collection of quality photos of tanks and armored vehicles, primary from around Europe.  He regularly posts his photos at the AFV News Discussion Board, a forum we recommend to anyone that is interested in learning about the many tanks and vehicles on display at museums and other locations.

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Video: SOFEX 2016:Paramount Mbombe 4 6×6 APC

IHS Jane’s reporter Christopher Foss at SOFEX 2016 showcasing the Mbombe 4 6×6 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).