Photo of the Day

Today’s photo of the day comes from the recent unsuccessful military coup in Turkey.  We are not sure if this photo shows an example of extreme bravery or extreme foolishness.  Perhaps a mix of both.  Regardless, it’s a nice shot of a Turkish army Leopard I tank.


Book Alert: Bradley vs BMP: Desert Storm 1991

A new entry in the Osprey Duel series is due for release on July 19. Bradley vs BMP: Desert Storm 1991 (Duel) by Mike Guardia looks at this somewhat lopsided match-up from the 1991 Persian Gulf war.  This is Mr. Guardia’s first entry in the Duel series, although he has written some other titles for Osprey, as well as books for other publishers.  This new book follows the familiar format of the Duel series, being 80 pages in length and features illustrations by Alan Gilliland.

Publishers Description:

In the mid-1960s, the Soviet Union unveiled the BMP, the first true infantry fighting vehicle. A revolutionary design, the BMP marked a significant departure from the traditional armoured personnel carrier, with a lower silhouette and heavier armament than rival APCs. One of the most fearsome light-armoured vehicles of its day, it caused great consternation on the other side of the Iron Curtain as the Americans scrambled to design a machine to rival the BMP. The result was the M2/M3 Bradley. These Cold War icons first clashed – not on the plains of Europe, but in southern Iraq during the Gulf War of 1991. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this is the absorbing story of the origins, development and combat performance of the BMP and Bradley, culminating in the bloody battles of the Gulf War.

This book available from Amazon here.

From the Vault: The Ram and Tank Production in Canada, 1939-1945

ram tank article

From the pages of Canadian Military History comes an article on the role Canada played in WW2 tank production and design.  “Not compentent to produce tanks” the Ram and Tank Production in Canada, 1939-1945 by Grahm Broad is a ten page long examination of the topic.  Aside from repeating some of the well worn myths about German tank superiority (a Panther is worth five Shermans!), it’s worth a read.

Download the PDF here.

Book Alert: Tank Action: An Armoured Troop Commander’s War 1944–45

According to Amazon, the Kindle edition of the new book Tank Action: An Armoured Troop Commander’s War 1944-45 by Captain David Render (2016-06-16) by David Render has been released. From what we can tell, print copies of the book have been released in the UK but not yet in the US.  This is a pretty substantial memoir, coming in at 320 pages.  According to the Amazon listing David Render is one of the very last surviving Second World War tank troop commanders to have participated in the D-Day landing and the entirety of the subsequent fighting in the Allies campaign to liberate Europe in 1944 and 1945.

Publishers Description:

A gripping account of the Second World War, from the perspective of a young tank commander.

In 1944 the average life expectancy of a newly commissioned tank troop officer in Normandy was estimated as being less than two weeks. David Render was a nineteen-year-old second lieutenant fresh from Sandhurst when he was sent to France to join a veteran armoured unit that had already spent years fighting with the Desert Rats in North Africa. Joining the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry five days after the D-Day landings, the combat-hardened men he was sent to command did not expect him to last long. However, in the following weeks of ferocious fighting in Normandy, in which more than 90 per cent of his fellow tank commanders became casualties, his ability to emerge unscathed from countless combat engagements defied expectations and earned him his squadron’s nickname of the ‘Inevitable Mr Render’.

In Tank Action David Render tells his remarkable story, spanning every major episode of the last year of the Second World War in Western Europe, from the invasion of Normandy to the fall of Germany. Ultimately it is a story of survival, comradeship and the ability to stand up and be counted as a leader in combat.


Photo of the Day: Tanks in Central Park

This photo showed up in a thread over at the missing-lynx forum.  It comes from a WW2 US newsreel about a war bonds event in Central Park.  Video here.  A M6 Heavy Tank and a German Tiger!


Tank Chats #23 Hornsby Tractor

In the 23rd Tank Chat, David Fletcher takes a look at the Hornsby Tractor. The Hornsby Tractor was the first tracked vehicle in service with the British Army. They were designed to tow artillery.  The Museum’s example is still running and is the oldest vehicle in the collection.

From the Vault: The Development of American Armor 1917-1940

Dummy training tankThis article originally was serialized in four parts in the 1969 run of ARMOR magazine.  Written by Timothy K. Nenninger, it  gives a good description of the development of American armor from 1917 to 1940.  We have provided links to the four parts below which can be downloaded in PDF form.

Part I World War 1 Experience

Part II The Tank Corps Reorganized

Part III The Experimental Mechanized Forces

Part IV A Revised Mechanization policy

Photo of the Day: John Deere “Tractor Tank”


This reproduction of a WWII era John Deere “Tractor Tank” was built by Brian Anderson and Leo Milleman of Ames, Iowa.  These vehicles were proposed by John Deere in 1940 as a low cost armored vehicle.  Prototypes were tested at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and rejected, then scrapped back at the factory.  For more on this rather unusual AFV, click here.


Video: Abrams tank Drivers Instructions

This video appeared on youtube a couple days ago.  It shows US troops instructing a visiting Canadian soldier on how to operate the drivers position on an M1 Abrams tank.

Unique T-34 recovered from Russian River

1139971According to TASS, a WWII era Soviet T-34 produced by the Stalingrad Tractor Factory has been recovered from the Don River near the village of Ukrainskaya Builovka in the Voronezh Region of Russia.  This is believed to be the only surviving T-34 in existence built at the Stalingrad Factory, all other T-34 tanks built at Stalingrad are believed to have been destroyed during the war.  The tank was successfully retrieved by a BREM-1 repair and evacuation vehicle based on a T-72 tank from the 7-meter depth.  The tank is said to be in very good condition all things considered and restoring it to running condition is a possibility.  The most likely theory as to how it ended up in the river is that it sunk when crossing the river on a pontoon bridge which collapsed.  Full article here.