World of Tanks: S-Tank in Ten Minutes with Stefan Karlsson

Nicholas Moran of World of Tanks presents a short video on the Swedish S-Tank.

Two new posts from “Below the Turret Ring” blog

Below the Turret Ring has made a couple of new posts.  As always, their posts provide a fairly lengthy description of some of the latest developments in AFV technology.  These two new posts look at the Austrian Pandur wheeled AFV and the Israeli “Carmel” next generation combat vehicle.  We have included an excerpt from the beginning of each post below.  Click on the headline to go to the Below the Turret Ring site and read the full article.


IDF Carmel details emerge

תמונה1A number of 3D graphics showing the Carmel next generation combat vehicle of the Israeli Defence Force, which sometimes is also called an advanced technology demonstrator, have been posted on the internet. The images come from a presentation held by the retired Brigadier General Didi Ben-Yoash, who formerly was the Chief Armored Corps Officer of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). The presentation was part of the Second International Ground Warfare and Logistics Conference, held on 16th and 17th of May 2017 in the Latrun Armed Corps Memorial. Based on the fact that Didi Ben-Yoash is retied and describes this as a simulation of the Carmel, it appears extremely likely that the final vehicle might appear to be very different.


Austrian Pandur projects progression

Pandur-EvoThe Austrian company GDELS Steyr, part of the General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) division and formerly known as Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH (SSF), is responsible for developing a new vehicle of the Pandur family of wheeled vehicles (FoV). A few photos of an unspecified Pandur 6×6 variant, which apparently is a long wheelbase version of the Pandur II, were taken at a recent event in April. The fact that the vehicle was presented in a modern digital camouflage pattern has caused some funny commencts regarding the lack of style; however here these photos were the inspiration to take a very short look at the Pandur 1 projects in Austria and other countries. The fact that a Pandur II 6×6 is located at the Steyr plant might be a hint regarding the development of the Pandur EVO – it could be used as reference or as base model for the next iteration of the Pandur vehicle. The Pandur 1 is operated in different versions by the Austrian Army (the so called Bundesheer), the Belgian Army (as scout and ambulance vehicles), the Kuwaiti National Guard (some armed with 25 mm autocannons or 90 mm Cockerill medium calibre guns), the Slovenian Army (known as locally as “Valuk”) and the US Army’s Special Forces (fitted with applique armor, operated by the Delta Force and 75th Rangers in very small numbers).

WWI Parade “Tanks” Photo Gallery

Yesterday Steven Zaloga posted a series of photos on his facebook account of various imitation tanks built during WWI and used as public displays for promoting war bond sales. He graciously agreed to let us post the photos here in a digital gallery.  These are really quite fun, especially the rather nicely done imitation A7V shown on parade promoting the  U.S. Tank Corps in New York City.

Gallery description from Steven Zaloga:

While working on a book in the Osprey New Vanguard series on early US tanks, I kept running into newspaper accounts of tanks on parade in various US cities in 1918, mostly for Liberty Loan drives. There were a handful of British tanks used for this purpose, but obviously not enough to go around. So a lot of cities built their own. This had led to some confusion, as some of these things were identified as real tank prototypes in various accounts. Obviously not judging from the photos of the Plywood Panzers. Here’s a sampling, courtesy of the files of NARA.

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Lindybeige on the Panzer III

Here is youtube personality “Lindybeige” at the Bovington Tank Museum describing the German Panzer III tank.  We present this for your entertainment, although we would argue that some of the details in the presentation are debatable.

Book Alert: M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank Haynes Manual

Amazon has listed a release date of June 10 for the new Haynes Manual on the M1 Abrams MBT by Bruce Oliver Newsome and Gregory Walton.  This volume covers the history of the M1, including the M1A1 and M1A2 variants.  Like other books in this series, this is a hardcover of 160 pages.  As far as we can tell, this is the first tank related book written by these authors.

Publisher’s Description:

The American M1 Abrams main battle tank is a revolutionary design: it broke an evolutionary development lineage from the M20 medium tank of 1941 to the M60 (which it replaced, and which stayed in production until 1987).

The M1 remains the only main battle tank in the inventories of the US Army and the US Marine Corps, with years of service to come, while no replacement has been procured. It is believed that the M1 will easily serve for more than 50 years in the US alone.

The US retains about 6,000 M1s, while almost 2,000 are in use with the armies of other countries including Australia, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Available from Amazon : M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank Manual: From 1980 (M1, M1A1 and M1A2 Models) (Haynes Manuals)

T-34/85 Tanks in Yemen

This short video showed up recently on youtube.  According to the video description, this is a compilation of all the available footage of T-34/85 tanks in use in the fighting in Yemen.  It is a fairly short video and the resolution is not fantastic, but it’s still pretty amazing that these 60+ year old tanks are still being used in combat.

From the Vault: Production video of Leopard I

Despite that fact that this video is in German, we thought the images were interesting enough even for those that can’t understand the narration.  A 1970 video showing the production process of the Leopard I MBT from beginning to end.

AFV News from Around the Web

Another installment of AFV news from around the web. Click in the headline to go to the full article.


Stars and Stripes:  Americans roll out Ukrainian tanks for Combined Resolve exercise

imageGRAFENWOEHR, Germany — American soldiers on Tuesday used British Army equipment to transport Ukrainian T-64 tanks from here to Hohenfels in preparation for a Ukrainian tank platoon’s participation in Exercise Combined Resolve.  Ukrainian troops recently took part in the Strong Europe Tank challenge, during which they were they first soldiers ever to fire a T-64 tank on base here. Since arriving at the American base, the Ukrainian tankers have had time to learn from the tank crews of allied and partner nations here.


IHS Jane’s – Singapore Army’s next-generation armoured vehicle prototypes make public debut

1703917_-_mainCombat and recovery vehicle prototypes of the Singapore Army’s next-generation armoured vehicle (NGAV) family have made their public debut during a capability demonstration and exhibition at the Army Open House 2017 event held on 27-29 May.  The yet unnamed combat variant, currently designated the next -generation armoured fighting vehicle (NGAFV), has been under development by the country’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) in partnership with Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics – the land systems arm of local defence prime ST Engineering – since 2006.


National Post – Experts dig up Covenanter tank in English vineyard, a rare piece of Canada’s D-Day history

18836087_471369933211614_6371368018121053543_nThe Covenanter tank was not exactly a star of the Second World War.  German technological advances and a fickle engine rendered the awkwardly named model obsolete months after it first left an English factory, and none of the 1,700 vehicles built ever actually fired a shot in anger.  But for Canadian troops on the eve of a historic battle, the Covenanter proved indispensable. Converted into a training tool, it helped ready this country’s infantry forces for their biggest moment of the war, the D-Day invasion, whose 73rd anniversary is Tuesday.


Business Insider – Watch the NATO tank competition where the US lost to Austria and Germany

strong-europe-tank-challenge-m1-abramsFor the second year in a row, a US armored brigade competed in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge against a range of European partners — and lost.  Austria, which didn’t participate last year, took gold, while Germany came in second. The US came in third, but given the purpose of the challenge, that’s nothing to be ashamed of.  “This is a competition, but it’s not really about the competition,” Sgt. Maj. David Glenn, 7th Army Training Command’s operations senior noncommissioned officer, said in a US Army statement. “It’s really about training, partnership, esprit de corps, and interoperability.”


IHS Jane’s – Brazil plans to phase out M108 howitzers

phao-m108-thoi-chien-tranh-viet-nam-nghi-huu-tren-toan-cauThe Brazilian Army plans to deactivate its 105 mm M108 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), the service recently announced.  It reportedly has 72 systems in inventory with the 3rd, 5th, and 22th Self-propelled Field Artillery Groups located at Santa Maria, Curitiba, and Uruguaiana, respectively, according to an artillery Order of Battle document that the army shared with Jane’s .  A deactivation plan will be established by the army’s Logistics Command (COLOG), and the type later progressively replaced by 155 mm systems.


IHS Jane’s – General Dynamics unveils two new LAV support variants

1693383_-_mainGeneral Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) unveiled two new Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) variants at the annual CANSEC conference in Ottawa from 31 May to 1 June. The LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Ambulance (CSV-A) and the LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle- Maintenance and Recovery (CSV-MR) are evolutions of the LAV 6.0 baseline vehicle.  Both vehicles were designed towards requirements in Canada’s competitive Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) contract. ACSV is a programme, valued at up to CAD1.5 billion (USD1.1 billion), to replace the Canadian Army’s fleet of M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and LAV-II Bisons. It will enter an options analysis phase in 2018, with a contract award expected in 2023.


Florida Today – Melbourne may approve tank-driving, car-crushing outdoor attraction

MELBOURNE — Thrill-seeking tourists could soon get to catch a ride on an armored personnel carrier, hop aboard an Abbot FV433 self-propelled artillery and drive the tank-like vehicle along a half-mile wooded trail off of John Rodes Boulevard.  For an additional charge, the diesel-engine behemoth could crush a junk vehicle — all to the consternation of some homeowners in the adjacent Hammock Trace Preserve subdivision.


Tank Chats #38 Churchill

Historian David Fletcher MBE, in the 38th Tank Chat discussing the well-loved Churchill tank. The Churchill in this video resides at The Tank Museum, Bovington and was the last Churchill VII of the production line.

Discover Magazine: Memorial Day Parade 1922: Runaway Tank Kills Veteran

Here is an interesting blog post from Discover Magazines website about a tragic accident involving some tanks in a Memorial Day Parade in 1922.  We have posted the first couple paragraphs of the post below.  The entire piece may be read here.

Memorial Day Parade 1922: Runaway Tank Kills Veteran

By Jeremy Hsu

New York City Memorial Day celebrations have featured parades of military hardware almost since the earliest commemorations following the U.S. Civil War. Barely 15 years after that war’s end, Union Army veterans from New Jersey marched alongside a battery of rapid-fire Gatling guns in a New York City parade described as being “intended to eclipse all former demonstrations.” As World War I loomed just beyond the horizon in 1914, crowds cheered a “wicked looking battery of machine gun troop of New York Cavalry” and the “brave array of war equipment” on parade. But in 1922, one unfortunate military veteran was crushed to death between two light “whippet” tanks on parade after one of the armored vehicles’s engines started up for unknown reasons.

The sergeant of the Bronx National Guardsmen of the 27th Tank Company who died in that freak Memorial Day incident was named Julian Stahlschmidt. A board of inquiry later awarded him a posthumous medal of valor for trying to “stop a tank which had run amuck, threatening the lives of throngs who lined the sidewalks watching the parade.” It’s not clear from the initial New York Times story whether or not the tank had actually been threatening to crush crowds of spectators lining Riverside Drive along Manhattan’s Upper West Side. But it does seem that Stahlschmidt was trying to switch off the runaway tank’s motor when he slipped and fell between the armored vehicle and the tank lined up ahead of it.