Photo of the Day: Aberdeen Proving Grounds 1950

We had found this photo as part of an article in a 1950 LIFE magazine about tank testing at the US Army Proving Grounds at Aberdeen Maryland.  The photo shows an M4A3E8 “Easy Eight” Sherman, a M26 Pershing, a M46 Patton, and most interestingly, a fairly early model Soviet T-34.

US tries to catch up

Over at, a member by the name of “Whelm” posted a higher resolution of the photo which we have posted below along with a second picture of these vehicles.



  1. This is an incredibly early production T-34, even earlier than the one sent to Aberdeen in 1942.


  2. When I was a kid in the 1960s and early 1970s, I used to stare endlessly at the C.B. Colby series of books on the US Military written especially for children. Now, when you can find them on Amazon they are expensive but they have the same black and white photos and jingoistic text that this article had, no doubt.


  3. What an interesting article, thank you for sharing. We complain today about the popular press not knowing much about weapons, but this article makes it seems like that’s always been the case.

    The M24 Chaffee/T-34/VVSS-suspension hybrid tank on pages 16-17 sure is neat! That has to be an artist’s impression for the magazine, right?

    Also, what’s with the topee hats on the Ordnance guys on the first page?


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