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.

Excerpt:

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.

Excerpt:

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.

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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.

More Eurosatory 2016 Videos

Here are a couple more videos from IHS Jane’s about some of the vehicles on display at Eurosatory 2016.