Normandy Tank Museum collection headed to auction

1-2014-10-04-206aa-normandy-tank-museumClassic is reporting
that the Normandy Tank Museum collection is headed to auction.  The Museum, located at the A10 airfield in Catz, France, was created by Patrick Nerrant in 2013.  The contents of the museum are the result of 35 years of collecting on the part of Mr. Nerrant.  Mr. Nerrant is retiring and has decided, along with his sons, that the collection will be sold through an auction by Artcurial Motorcars.  Dubbed the D-Day Sale, the auction will take place on September 18, 2016.

7628130619222116The sale will be presented in 120 lots, including tanks, armored vehicles, trucks, autos, bikes and airplanes from the various belligerents of WW2.  The highlights of the auction include a M4 Sherman tank (105mm gun), M24 Chaffee light tank, Willys Jeep, Flak 36 88mm gun, M8 Greyhound, M5 Stuart light tank, M3A1 Stuart, LVT-4, M7 Priest, M3A1 Scout car, GMC DUKW, and others.  For a full list of the items for sale, check out the Artcurial Motorcars press release on the D-Day Sale.  For those interested in purchasing a vehicle, be prepared to open up the pocket book.  The M4 Sherman is valued at$220,000 – 4440,000 while the M24 Chaffee is valued at $156,000 to $275,000.

normandy-tank-museum-sherman-m4a1Interestingly, no mention is made in the auction press release of the Panzer IV tank that was part of this museum.  Based on the price that other German WW2 tanks have garnered at auction, it’s safe to say the Panzer IV is the most valuable vehicle at the Normandy Tank Museum.  A similar vehicle that was part of the Littlefield collection went to auction a few years ago and  1.5 million and 1.75 million bids were rejected for failing to meet the reserve price!  Granted, this vehicle might not be as valuable as the Littlefield Pz IV due to condition, but it’s safe to say it would command a very good price at auction.

Below is a youtube clip from The Normandy Tank Museum website showing the interior of the museum.

Picture of the Day: Tiger Grill

Here is an amusing photo of a summer time grill  disguised as a Tiger tank.  Although, as a friend of the site mentioned, it would be more historically accurate if it was a Panther and the grill was the engine deck.


April-June 2016 issue of eARMOR available

April-June_2016_CoverAfter a bit of a delay, the April-June 2016 issue of eARMOR is available for download.  This is the digital version of the long running ARMOR magazine.  While this current issue may be of interest to professional armor officers (which is its target audience after all), there is probably not much in this issue for the casual AFV buff, unless you really want to read articles such as “Decision-Support Planning and Tools: Planning to Support Decision-Making.”  Anyhow, download the issue here.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Panther. Part 2

In the second part of the legendary German Panther tour, Nicholas Moran talks about the features of the commander’s cupola and gunner’s position.

From the Vault: RD&A Magazine Articles

A couple months ago someone posted a collection of US Army RD&A magazines (Research, Development & Aquisition)  from the late 80’s and early 90’s.  We browsed through them and picked out the handful of articles that directly related to AFVs.  We have arraigned the articles in photo galleries chronologically by year.


Composites Technology


TACOM Seeks Improved Vehicle Crew Environment

Yuma Proving Ground’s Automotive Test Mission



TACOM Seeks Quick Fix For Battle-Damage Vehicles

Single Fuel on the Battlefield

First Complete AIPS Hardware to Undergo Tests



Impact of Communications on Armor Crew Performance

Diagnostic and Repair Expert System for the Abrams Tank

A Non-Flammable Hydraulic Fluid for Future Combat Vehicles

Composite Infantry Fighting Vehicle Unveiled


TACOM Solved Hot Exhaust Problem for Desert Troops


The Army’s Tank Engine Adventure of World War II

Army to get New Smoke Vehicle

Yuma Initiative Extends Life of Abrams Tank Air Cleaner


Combat Vehicle Test Bed to Play Key R&D Role


New Track-Tensioning System May Cut Tank Maintenance Costs





Video of Sgt York M247 interior

This video appeared a few days ago on youtube, showing some footage of the interior of a rather sad looking M247 Sgt York AA SPG.  The video is shot as an undisclosed location in Nevada by some self-styled explorers.  The video is rather amateurish but we figured it was worth sharing since this is a relatively rare and unusual vehicle.

T-90 Cardboard tank

This video of a T-90 cardboard target tank showed up on youtube a few days ago.  These target tanks are being used by the US 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment and their Bulgarian allies as they practice firing main gun rounds and small arms and crew-served weapons in Bulgaria at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, June 25.

Edit: Several views have pointed out that this vehicle resembles a T-72M1 much more than it does a T-90.  We agree with them.

The Matilda Diaries Part 5

The Tank Museum at Bovington has posted another installment in their “Matilda Diaries” video series chronicling the restoration of the museum’s Matilda II infantry tank.  Museum staff Bob Darwood talks about the tank’s complex but practical epicyclic gearbox, how it works and what its restoration involves.

Overlord’s Blog: Man against Machines

Overlord’s Blog has a new article about a WW2 US Army private in the pacific campaign that engaged and destroyed a platoon of Japanese tanks by himself.  For this action, PFC Dirk John Vlug was awarded a Medal of Honor.

Article excerpt:

09VSnUnIn the afternoon five Type 95 Ha-Go tanks approached the roadblock. The lead tank was spewing out smoke in an attempt to conceal the other four. As they approached the roadblock they began to rake the US positions with their machine guns and the 37mm main guns. PFC Vlug grabbed his M9 Bazooka and charged the Japanese tanks.

Halting a short distance away from the lead tank he fired his first round. The missile streaked into the tank and soon it began to spew out black smoke as it burnt. PFC Vlug must not have been taking concealment as both the Japanese and his own side could see him clearly. The crew of the second tank began to dismount to deal with this anti-tank threat. PFC Vlug ripped out his pistol and opened fire, killing the tank commander. The fact he was engaging with his pistol gives you an idea how close he was to the enemy. The remaining two tank crew remounted their vehicle, but before they could move PFC Vlug fired his second rocket, killing the crew.

Read the full story here.

Turkish civilians stopped tanks with clothing

An article from the Turkish Daily Sabah is calming that Turkish civilians protesting the attempted coup attempt were able to stop Turkish army tanks by stuffing their clothes into the exhaust outlets of the vehicles.  From the article:

496A chef at a restaurant in Istanbul, Danyal Şimşek, and the restaurant owner, Mehmet Şükrü Kintaş, told Anadolu Agency in Istanbul Thursday that they stopped almost 10 tanks this way.

The duo firstly set up a barricade with their cars to halt the tanks, and then stuffed the exhausts with their clothes.

Civilians brought many soldiers who were in the tanks to the police, as the soldiers had to leave after the exhaust gases filled the interior.

Kintaş added that the pro-coup soldiers had been headed to the airport.

“How can we stop this tank?” he said he asked the chef. A nearby mechanic then told them, “If you fill these exhausts, the tanks will stop.”

Kintaş continued, “We took our clothes off. Everyone gave us their clothes and t-shirts. We plugged the exhausts with them and covered the top of the filters. So the tanks had to stop in two or three minutes.”

Read the full article here.