Photos of the Day: Merkava with broken gun

The previous post about the Taiwanese CM-11 tank with the broken barrel reminded us of this series of images of an Israeli Merkava IV with a broken barrel.  These pictures come from 2014, cause of the damage not known.  If anyone knows more about this incident, let us know!

Gun Barrel snaps off Taiwanese CM-11

Taiwan seems to be having a string of bad luck regarding their CM-11 tanks this month.  A couple weeks ago they had one drive off a bridge, resulting in the deaths of several crew men.  Now, according to Focus Taiwan news channel, the gun barrel of one of their CM-11 tanks broke during live fire training.  According to the article:

201608310016t0001The incident occurred when the gun barrel cracked and then snapped at a point just behind its fume extractor after the CM-11 involved fired a second shot during a test by the 542nd Armor Brigade of the 6th Army Corps at a base in Hukou in Hsinchu County, the Army said.

Nobody was injured during the incident, according to the Army, which is looking into what caused the gun barrel’s failure.

The Army Command Headquarters has ordered all CM-11 model armored vehicles to stop firing shots pending an investigation into the incident, the 6th Army Corps said.

The tank was more than 20 years old, a military source confirmed.

The CM-11, also known at the “Brave Tiger”, is a combination of the hull of a US made M60 MBT and the turret of M48 medium tank with a 105mm gun and improvements to the fire control systems.

Tank Destroyer article from War is Boring blog

A few days ago we posted about a new video by World of Tanks Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran talking about US WW2 tank destroyers.  For those looking for some written background on the Tank Destroyer story, the blog War is Boring has posted a competent write up of the history of this US Army Branch during WW2.  The information in this piece will probably be familiar to anyone with a decent knowledge of US Armor history.


1-ebbwRiXRR5CdPI9JNr5_pwThe tank-destroyer force was the Army’s response to the wild successes of German armor in Poland and France in 1939 and 1940. Panzer divisions would concentrate more than a hundred tanks on a narrow front, overwhelming the local anti-tank weapons of defending troops and rolling deep into enemy lines.

In 1941, the Army concluded that it needed mobile anti-tank units to intercept and defeat German armored spearheads. Towed anti-tank guns took too long to deploy on the move and it was difficult to guess where the enemy would concentrate for an attack. Instead, self-propelled anti-tank battalions would wait behind friendly lines.

When the German armor inevitably broke through the infantry, the battalions would deploy en masse to ambush the advancing tank columns.

Read the full article here.

Video: The Churchill Trust gets a Centurion

The tank restoration group The Churchill Trust has posted a video showing off their newly acquired Centurion tank.

Video Description from The Churchill Trust:

We have had a busy year, but one of the highlights has been the arrival of a Centurion tank. This represents the era after the Churchill Tank, with its Merlin derived engine, and a history that stretches from the end of World War 2 to the 1960’s and in that period, the main armament traces the development of the 20 Pounder and the 105mm gun as well as the ammunition for them. This tank is a 105mm version with an IR searchlight and gun stabilisation: the latest of the line.

To find out more about The Churchill Trust (and to view photos of their collection of Churchill tanks), be sure to visit their website or at facebook.

Tank Talk: The Mark VIII American Liberty Tank

In this episode, Len Dyer of the National Armor and Cavalry Restoration Center discusses the Mark VIII American Liberty Tank.

Those interested in the Mark VIII may enjoy this 1920 Ordnance magazine article on the construction of the vehicle.

Photo of the Day: Valentine tank

The POTD comes from a new photo gallery “walkaround” posted on the website for The Armor Journal.  This is the Valentine tank on display at the National Army Museum in Waiouru, New Zealand.


Photo of the Day: Christie T3 Medium

Today’s POTD comes from the Flickr page of the website. There are a rather impressive variety of photo galleries containing historic armored vehicle at this Flickr page. Be sure to check it out.