Book Alert: The Tanks of Tammuz

It appears that a Kindle edition of the classic 1968 book The Tanks of Tammuz has been made available for purchase through Amazon. This book by Shabtai Teveth offers an eyewitness view of Israeli tank actions during the Six Day War of 1967.  There is no publishers description available, we have posted the Kirkus Review description below.  Click on the image to go to the Amazon page for this book.

Kirkus Review:

A scrapbook of the Israeli Army’s Armored Corps, retrospectively including a twenty-year history of its accomplishments and a close account of its role in the June War. (Tammuz is June.) There are novelistic vignettes of commanders and soldiers–especially Israel Tal, who has headed the Corps since 1964. The Army first realized the tanks’ potential in the 1956 Sinai campaign. During the June War they fought the crucial vanguard ground battle, breaking into Sinai again without direct air cover, then pushed the Egyptian Army back toward the Canal and cracked the Syrian frontier. Teveth, a prominent journalist, rode with the tanks; one can see how an inch-by-inch eyewitness report would become a best-seller in Israel, but fewer American readers will want this degree of military detail. Teveth begins the book with the May 1967 mobilization in Israel, pressing the prevalent view that war was imperative. He uses General Tal, among others, as a vehicle for his further messages: Jewish nationalism may be philosophically questionable, but Israel must survive in a world of nation-states; Israeli militarism may be regrettable, but Jews must survive in a region of powerful enemies. . . and at least the army is as democratic as discipline will permit. The book comes with Dayan’s recommendation.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Panther Part 1

Historical Tank Videos from British Pathe

Here are a selection of videos from the British Pathe youtube channel showing British tanks from the pre-WW2 era.

This first video shows an British Medium D tank being recovered from a river. David Fletcher’s book “Mechanised Force” mentions that in 1921 a Medium D tank sunk in the Themes (the medium D was intended to be able to float.)


From a WW1 war bond rally in the UK comes this footage of “Julian, the record breaking tank.”


From 1925 comes this “Thrilling Tank Display” from the Royal Tank Corps.


This video from an unknown location shows a WW1 British era tank being demonstrated to a crowd.  We can only imagine how the crew felt after dropping over that edge in a vehicle with no suspension.


This footage of British medium and light tanks is labeled as being from 1935. Of particular interest is the footage at 1:20 which appears to show a couple Medium Mark III tanks, of which only three were constructed.


British Vickers Medium tanks shown being used for training in this video dated 1940. The Vickers Medium tanks Mark I and II had been retired from front line duty by 1940.


In this video from 1940, some British Cruiser Mark III tanks demonstrate their speed and agility.


This 1930 video is labeled “Salisbury Plain. First ‘All Tanks’ Manoeuvres. 250 tanks of all sizes take part in great ‘battle’ of Salisbury Plain.”

News from around the Web

Some recent news articles related to AFVs.  Click on the title link to go to the full article.


Defense News – IronVision Helmet Provides Sight Through Armored Tanks

636009776648720676-WideshotHAIFA, Israel — Elbit Systems, the Israeli firm whose Helmet Mounted System (HMS) is used on helicopters and fighters worldwide, including the new F-35, is debuting a similar sensor-fused system that allows tank commanders to essentially see through the walls of their armored vehicles.  Called IronVision, the vehicle-adapted HMS provides “protective glass walls” for tank or armored fighting vehicle crews who may need to operate in so-called closed-hatch mode when maneuvering in high-threat areas, according to Boaz Cohen, director of Elbit’s land systems division. – Army Abrams Tanks Will Get Networked with a High-Speed Force Tracker

4067782519The Army is now expanding a new, high-speed, vehicle-mounted force tracking technology to include a wider range of combat platforms such as Stryker vehicles, Bradleys and Abrams tanks, service officials said.  The system, now on Army jeeps or HMMWVs, allows Soldiers in combat to instantly know their location in relation to fellow Soldiers, enemy locations and surrounding terrain, service developers said. The technology, called Joint Battle Command – Platform, has already been fielded with the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and 10th Mountain Division.


Defense News – CMI Defence, Ricardo UK To Partner for British Tank Bid

Challenger_II.jpgPARIS — CMI Defence is the second company to announce a partnership arrangements to compete for the British Army’s upcoming life extension program for the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. The Belgian weapon systems designer and manufacturer said it is teaming with British systems integrator Ricardo UK to respond to a request for information issued by the Ministry of Defence.  CFM will act as prime, with Ricardo acting as systems engineering and delivery partner.


IHS Jane’s – Eurosatory 2016: Spain showcases Pizarro artillery observation vehicle

1646017_-_mainGeneral Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Barbara Sistemas is exhibiting the artillery observation variant of their Pizarro infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) family at Eurosatory 2016.  The Pizarro forward observation vehicle (FOV) has a crew of five comprising the commander and gunner in the two-person turret, a driver, and two observers in the rear, one of whom can be used in the dismounted role with a link to the platform.


Defense Update – Eurosatory 2016 – Photo Report (Day 1)







Defense Update – 8×8 AFVs at Eurosatory 2016 – Photo Report (Day 2)


Video: Challenger 1 Tank Walk Around

From Tank Nut Dave comes this short video walk around of the British Challenger I MBT.

Video: How to drive a Centurion tank

The Danish Centurion Tank from the GHRVPK participates in tactical demonstration during the annual Open House event. The driver had a GoPro camera mounted in a harness as a “Belly Cam”, showing how he operates the controls while driving.

The Matilda Diaries Part 4

Part Four of the Matilda Diaries further explores the long-winded and extremely painstaking job of cleaning and fixing the suspension on the Matilda II.

Tankograd Blog: BMP-2

The tankograd blog has posted another of their impressively long and detailed descriptions of a Soviet/Russian AFV, this time focused on the BMP-2.


tankograd 2This iteration of the BMP family is technically excellent in the application of available technologies and the number of features it has, but if there is one thing that nearly all BMP-2 crewmembers know, it is that it is a rather unpolished product, if a brilliant one for its time. To the untrained eye, it might seem that the BMP-2 is simply a marginally more impactful rehash of the old and obsolete BMP-1 design, and while that is true, the sentiment and the connotations behind such an accusation point to an incorrect mindset. The BMP-2 is a product improved BMP-1, but it is not quite the same thing as its predecessor. Far from it. It is so heavily modified that the only similarities are in the general layout, and the powertrain, which was retained as is. Everything else was changed to some extent, the most obvious being, of course, the new turret, now bristling with gadgets appropriate with its era.
From 1980 to 1989, Kurganmashzavod produced about 14,000 BMP-2s. At the peak of production in 1989, between 1,800 to 1,900 units exited factory gates – triple the maximum annual rate of production of the M2 Bradley. Some may take this at face value and assume that the BMP-2 is purely a “quantity” product and not a quality one. This is incorrect. Lets see why:

Read the full blog post here.

Book Alert:Armored Strike Force: The Photo History of the American 70th Tank Battalion in World War II

Amazon is listing a July 1, 2016 release date for the title Armored Strike Force: The Photo History of the American 70th Tank Battalion in World War II by Charles C. Roberts Jr.  This is a 272 page hard cover from Stackpole Books.

Publishers Description:

The U.S. 70th Tank Battalion boasts one of the most impressive combat records of any American armored unit in World War II. It landed in North Africa as part of Operation Torch and participated in the invasion of Sicily, D-Day, the Normandy campaign, the Battle of the Bulge, and the final drive into Germany. It remains in service today as the 70th Armor Regiment, the U.S. Army’s most decorated armor unit.

  • The story-in-photos of one of the most distinguished American tank units of World War II
  • A remarkable assortment of photos, most of them from veterans and other private sources
  • Depicts vehicles, soldiers, equipment, terrain, behind-the-lines activities, and much more

T-72B3 tanks in Ukraine

The blog “War is Boring” has released a new article about the Russian built T-72B3 tanks being used in the conflict in Ukraine.


In any war, certain weapons come symbolize one side in the fighting, specific tactics or political factors. In that spirit, a specific tank has become the icon of Russia’s secret war in Ukraine.

On June 3, 2016, Ukrainian blogger “sled_vzayt” posted a batch of evidence showing advanced T-72B3 tanks  —  as well as other armored vehicles and heavy weapons  —  and their Russian crews in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region and right across the border in Russia.


While the post uses numerous photographs to identify specific tanks, the vehicles themselves offer some of the clearest proof that the Kremlin’s troops are actively supporting rebel forces in Ukraine.

“In the Ukraine conflict, many have scoured the military equipment sightings on social media to find evidence of Russian involvement,” Veli-Pekka Kivimäki, a Finnish doctoral student and open-source intelligence expert, wrote in a piece for the investigative Website Bellingcat on May 28, 2016.

“The modernized T-72B3 main battle tank has been an example of military equipment that is out of place in a conflict where Russian government actively denies military involvement.”

Read the full article here.