Photo of the Day: Tank Face-off

This photo was posted on Tank-net a few days ago.  We don’t know for sure, but it looks like a black and white photo that was later colorized.

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Book Alert: American Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Pen and Sword Publishing has released a new book by Michael Green on American Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles (Images of War).  This is part of their Images of War series and is a softcover of 208 pages.

Publisher’s Description:

Numerous wheeled armored fighting vehicles have seen service in the US armed forces on and off for over 80 years.

There have been various changes of policy and twice, after the Second World War and Vietnam, they went out of favor but their use is now well established.

This well researched and superbly illustrated book describes all the different types and variants since the first M1 was ordered in 1931. The M8 armored car was widely used during World War Two but it was not until Vietnam that further wheeled AFVs came into service, notably the M706 armored car.

After a lull the US Marine Corps adopted the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) in 1983. The US Army first used armored Humvees in 1994 and variants remain in service (M1141 and M1116). Other types today include the Guardian (M1117) and the Army version of the LAV names the ‘Stryker’. To meet the operational requirements of Iraq and Afghanistan the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) was ordered in bulk from 2007.

Photo of the Day: A Sherman in traffic

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Book Alert: German Panzer II by David Doyle

Ampersand Publishing has released a new entry in their Visual History Series on the German WWII era Panzer II tank.  Written by David Doyle, German Panzer II: A Visual History of the German Army’s WWII Light Tank (Visual History Series) differs from previous entries in the Visual History Series in that it is a 168 page hardcover.

Publisher’s Description:

The Panzer II was Germany’s first cannon-armed tank in the post World War I era.  Designed and initially produced under the code name of 100-horsepower Farm Tractor, owing to the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles, the Panzer II remained in production, and in the field, well after it had been surpassed by better engineered, more heavily armed and armored vehicles, and indeed played a key part in the early victories achieved by the Blitzkrieg.

The third in our expanded Visual History series features nearly 200 scarce wartime photos, illuminated by detailed captions. Coverage includes the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. A; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. B; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. c and A-C early; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. c, A, B, C modified Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. D; Pz.Kpfw. II (F) Ausf. A & B; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J and the Pz.Kpfw. II “Lynx.” All of the photos have been carefully selected to showcase the many details of the variants. Many “Panzer rarities” will be found within the 168-pages of this hardbound volume. ISBN: 978-1-944367-11-4

Page samples can be found at the Ampersand Publishing website, as can ordering information.  Ampersand is currently running an end of the year sale offering % discounts based on order size.

Sherman Tank vandalized in Indiana

Wane.com is reporting that a Sherman tank on display at the Memorial Park Veterans Memorial in Huntington Indiana was defaced with racist symbols.

huntington-vandalism-kkkThe city of Huntington’s City Services department learned Monday that the Sherman tank at the park had been tagged in white spray paint with “KKKK,” a common nod to the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. In a Facebook post, the city said the graffiti was part of a “wave of vandalism” around the city and called the markings on the tank “most troubling.”

Bob Caley, the superintendent of Huntington’s City Services, told NewsChannel 15 on Tuesday that he’s not sure when the vandalism happened. Caley said he’s “very disturbed” by the message, especially considering what the tank and the memorial stands for.

Caley said a crew was sent to the park to begin removing the graffiti early Tuesday. He said the job will be difficult, and some of the original paint on the tank had also come off during the cleaning process.

This particular tank appears to be an M4A1 (76) with HVSS suspension. This particular variant of Sherman tank is quite common in Indiana, with examples on display in Griffith, Crown Point, Muncie and Scottsburg.

Video: Pakistan Tank Park

This video showed up on youtube last week showing the Ayub Nation Park in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.  This park displays tanks, artillery and other weapons captured by Packistan during the Pakistan’s wars with India.  It is not a great video, but considering that most of us will probably never have an opportunity to see this park in person, we figured it may be of interest to people.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Stridsvagn fm/21

World of Tanks researcher Nicholas Moran takes a look at the Swedish Stridsvagn fm/21 housed at the Arsenalen Museum.

Photo of the Day: Russian invasion of Salisbury Plain

Several British tabloids have been reporting on a British Army exercise in which several Soviet built tanks were used to simulate a Russian attack on Eastern Europe. The exercise included a number of Polish T-72 tanks as well as a few other Soviet designs on loan from a private collector and the Tank Museum. These include some rather outdated T-55 tanks. The presence of these older vehicles prompted the Russian embassy in Lundon to tweet “Large-scale British exercises near Salisbury: imitation fight vs Polish-assembled T72s as a poor replacement for real stuff.”

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More Indo Def 2016 videos

Last week we had posted video clips from IHS Jane’s on some of the AFVs featured at Indo Def 2016.  Here are a few more video clips featuring IHS Jane’s reporter Christopher Foss that have shown up since last week’s post. These clips look at a couple different medium tank options presented at Indo Def 2016.
 

 

 

AUSA Army Platforms 2016 – Panel 3 – Next Generation Combat Vehicle

For those looking for a sleep aid, allow us to suggest this video from the 2016 AUSA panel discussion on the Next Generation Combat Vehicle.  In all seriousness though, there is a good bit of information to be gleaned from this video for those interested in future US AFV development.  Be warned, there are more than a few acronyms tossed around by this panel.