Video: Four books we don’t like

In this video we rant a bit about some of our least favorite tank books.

Video: New Osprey Titles from Steven Zaloga

We take a look at a few new titles from Osprey books by Steven Zaloga.  This is the first of our videos produced in-house.  It’s been a while since we did any video production, so forgive the quality on this one.

Video: Tank Chats #48 Centaur Dozer

The Tank Chats series featuring David Fletcher of the Bovington Tank Museum continues looking at the British WWII “Funnies”, examining the Centaur Dozer variant.

Video: M20 75mm Recoilless Rifle

In this video, the Forgotten Weapons website takes a look at the M20 75mm Recoilless Rifle.

ARDEC Report on 76MM Gun M1A1 and M1A2

76mm ammoFor those looking for a detailed report on the effectiveness of US 76mm tank guns, check out this new technical report from ARDEC, the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.  Released in January of 2018, this document is a 58 page PDF and is a rather thorough examination of the topic.  Download the report here.

Report Abstract:

This report provides an analysis of the U.S. anti-tank technology during World War II. A ballistic analysis is used to corroborate the battlefield history and gain an understanding of the physical and technological factors that spurred the development of the M1 series 76-mm Gun and family of ammunition.

The technical manual (TM) 9-1907 was published 23 September 1944, but it was missing performance data for the 76-mm hyper-velocity, armor-piercing (HVAP) shell and any information for performance of the U.S. anti-tank capabilities against the German Panther tank. Battle history indicates there was a technological capability gap against upgraded Panzer armor. This report attempts to use hand calculations and modeling and
simulation (PRODAS) to fill in the information that is missing in TM 9-1907. The analysis offers the reader a greater engineering comprehension of the challenges faced between June 1944 and May 1945 and the circumstances necessitating the rapid fielding of the 76-mm HVAP shell after German capability upgrades were encountered in the European Theater of Operations from Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge (June to December 1944).

Tank Chats #47 King Tiger

Here is a new entry in the Tank Chat series from the Tank Museum at Bovington.  This one takes a look at the famous German WWII King Tiger tank.

Jordan opens Royal Tank Museum

The AP18035448649196-640x400Kingdom of Jordan has opened up a new museum dedicated to tanks and military history and showcasing over 100 armored vehicles.  According to news articles, the museum collection has been assembled over the last ten years and contains vehicles from the Jordanian Armed Forces as well as machines from other countries given as gifts or through military exchange programs.  While we have not seen a complete list of all the vehicle types on display, based on the photos and videos made available so far, this is a very impressive collection of vehicles, including some relatively rare WWII era vehicles.

For more, check out these links to various news articles and the video below.

The Jordan Times – King Opens Royal Tank Museum

Al-Monitor – Jordan shows off its arsenal in new tank museum

The Jerusalem Post – Jordan Displays Military Tech Israel Faced in Early Wars