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Random Tank Videos

Here is a collection of some recent tank videos that have appeared on youtube.  While none of these deserved a post of their own, we thought they were entertaining enough to warrant being posted collectively.

We start with a few videos from the youtube page of Russian tank researcher Yuri Pasholok.


 

 

 
Here is a video of a T-34 driver showing off.


 
Here are some clips of US forces in Eastern Europe courtesy of Military Videos channel.


 

 

 
We finish with this clip of what looks like a T-62 being struck by an ATGM in Syria.

IDF retires Pereh Missile Carrier “Tank”

c2d7d3e407574488e06e669e4be6e8f6Israeli military websites are confirming that the IDF has retired the Pereh Missile Carrier.  This weapons system is based on the hull of an M48 (Magach 5) tank hull and disguised to look like a tank.  While developed and introduced in the 1980’s, this vehicle remained secret until it was finally declassified in the Summer of 2015.  As far as we can tell, there have been no English language news articles yet on the retirement of the Pereh, we have obtained this news from friends of the site that follow Israeli armor developments more closely than we are able to.  It is unclear if this retirement will be of the entire Pereh concept, or if the IDF will be fielding a version based on a more modern tank hull at some point.  The IDF also operates versions of the Tamuz missle system mounted on lighter vehicles such as the M113 and some soft skin trucks.

Veteran of Battle of 73 Easting appointed National Security Advisor

Military.com has posted an article about Army Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster, the new appointee to the position of National Security Adviser.  Those interested in armored warfare history may remember him as one of the participants of the Battle of 73 Easting during the 1991 Gulf War.

hr-mcmaster-1500-23-feb-2017-ts600It was late afternoon on Feb. 26, 1991, during the Gulf War when then-Capt. H.R. McMaster ran into a superior Iraqi armored force lying in wait to halt the main U.S. advance into occupied Kuwait.

McMaster commanded Eagle Troop of 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The 2nd ACR was providing an offensive covering force for the U.S. Army’s VII Corps.

Advancing through a heavy sandstorm, McMaster’s nine M1 Abrams Tanks and 12 M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles made contact with the large Iraqi defensive belt in the featureless Iraqi desert.

His troop destroyed approximately 50 T72 Tanks and about 25 other armored vehicles in 23 minutes in what would become known as the Battle of 73 Easting of Operation Desert Storm.

McMaster was awarded a Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest valor award, for his actions during that short-lived conflict.

Twenty-six years later, Lt. Gen. McMaster has been selected to serve as national security adviser to the Trump administration.

Read the full Military.com article here.

For more on H.R. McMaster and the Battle of 73 Easting, check out these links:

10 Lessons from the Battle of 73 Easting by H.R. McMaster

Battle of 73 Easting by Captain H.R. McMaster (PDF)

TV Documentary featuring H.R. McMaster

Tank Talk: The M2A1

Somehow we missed this when it was released at the end of last month.  Anyhow, here is another installment of Tank Talk with Len Dyer of the National Armor and Cavalry Restoration Center.

M1917 turret found in woods

The facebook page for the National Armor and Cavalry Museum is reporting that the turret to what looks like a M1917 tank has been found in the woods at Fort Benning.  We have re-posted the content of the post below.

16836144_1449033205160946_1060550707830083650_oWhile the NACM’s armor collection is focused mainly around vehicles, they are but artifacts with which we are able to honor the legacy of the Americans that crewed them. After this past week, we are fortunate enough to be able to connect more to the Tank Corps of World War I.

A team preparing a section of woods to be cleared here at Fort Benning happened upon a tank turret. As per regulation, post agencies were informed of a potential artifact, and in turn the musuem was notified. Photos identified the turret belonging to a French-built Renault FT light tank. At the end of World War I, the Tank Corps brought back approximately 200 of its FTs to use along with the American-built M1917. Many ended up at Fort Benning, which became home to the Tank School starting in 1920. As the FTs were phased out, many were de-militarized by simply removing the turrets and selling for use in agriculture or industry. While the NACM collection currently has two Renault FTs, neither of these served with the American light tank battalions during the war. Though not complete and no other remains of tanks have been found at the location, the historical significance of the turret was obvious.16797243_1449033738494226_1981343575018412575_o

Today, a team consisting of NACM personnel, Marines assigned to the Marine Corps Detachment Fort Benning, and veteran volunteers move quickly to secure the turret. Despite the thick woods, uneven terrain, and rain the turret is now at the restoration shop. It is already being cleaned to prevent further deterioration. It will be preserved in tribute of the early American tankers.

(Photos by NACM Volunteers Mr. David Hobbs and Mr. Jon Potts)

 The facebook page and additional photos may be viewed here.

Book Alert: South African Armour of the Border War 1975-89

A new entry in the Osprey New Vanguard series is scheduled for release on Thursday, Feb 23.  South African Armour of the Border War 1975-89 (New Vanguard) by Kyle Harmse and Simon Dunstan is the first New Vanguard title to explore armor in Sub-Saharan Africa.  As with other books in this series, this is a softcover book of 48 pages with numerous black and white and color photos and plates.  While Kyle Harmse is a new name to us, Simon Dunstan is quite familiar, having written over 50 books on military history as well as appearing in several TV documentaries.

Publisher’s Description:

The Border War saw the biggest armoured battles in Africa since World War II. Starting as a counter-insurgency operation by the South African Defence Force (SADF) against the South West Africa People’s Organisation, South Africa became embroiled in the complex Angolan Civil War, where they came up against enemies well supplied with equipment and armoured vehicles from the Soviet Union.

With the aid of stunning illustrations and photographs, this study details the characteristics, capabilities and performance of the wide variety of armoured vehicles deployed by the SADF, from the Eland armoured car to the Ratel infantry combat vehicle and the Olifant tank. Designed for the unique conditions of the region, South Africa’s armour was distinctive and innovative, and has influenced the design of counterinsurgency armoured vehicles around the world.

Frequently requested by Osprey readers, and written by two renowned experts on armoured vehicles, this will appeal to all those interested in modern armour and the Cold War proxy wars.