From the Vault: Wartime ads featuring Sherman Tanks (and other AFVs)

Here are a few examples of WWII wartime ads featuring US tanks or tracked vehicles that we found while digging around the internet.  Click on an image to enlarge.

Tank Museum Photo Gallery

Here is a link to a nice photo gallery of some of the tanks on display at the Tank Museum at Bovington in the UK.  This gallery belongs to flickr user “Arekev.”

Click on the image to go to the flickr page.

tank museum gallery

 

From the Editor: Photo Gallery of M551 Sheridan at New Lothrop MI

101_1572Today we present a photo gallery of the M551 Sheridan light tank on display outside the VFW hall in New Lothrop Michigan.  These photos were taken in fall of 2013.  As far as we can determine, this is the only M551 on display in Michigan.  There are many Sheridan light tanks on display around the country, primarily in museums or on military bases.  Several are on display outside of National Guard armories.  Only a few serve as monuments outside VFW or American Legion halls such as this one in New Lothrop.  For those interested in finding tanks on display near where they live, please consult the Historical AFV register homepage.

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From the Editor: M56 Scorpion Gallery

101_1263Here is a photo gallery of the M56 Scorpion that is on display at the VFW Hall in Marcellus Michigan.  These photos were taken in mid 2013.  The M56 was produced in relatively small numbers in the 1950s for use by US airborne forces.  It saw limited use during the Vietnam war.  Despite having not been produced in great numbers, quite a few M56 vehicles survive as static displays.  The M56 Wikipedia page lists sixteen Scorpions on display, although the list does not include the Marcellus vehicle.

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From the Vault: Ads with tanks

$_57 (20)Here is a gallery of old magazine advertisements that feature tanks or armored vehicles.  Most of these are from WWII and are ads for the company that makes components found in the vehicle.  Image quality varies, but most of these are legible if people click on the image and enlarge it.  All of the ads feature American vehicles except for one rather odd ad for an advertising firm which features a picture of a very early model Panzer III.

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From the Editor: More Aberdeen Pictures

Semovente 47/32

Semovente 47/32

Here are the rest of my old photos from Aberdeen Proving Grounds circa 1981.  These were previously posted on my old blog.  These vehicles are no longer located at APG.  These were taken by my father with a cheap 110 film camera when he was stuck in Aberdeen for several weeks due to his job.  The quality of the pictures is not great, but they do show the state of these vehicles in this time period.  If you look carefully, you can see on both the Tiger tank and the Panther tank how the side of the turret has been covered over with sheet metal.  The turrets on both of these vehicles had been cut away so museum visitors could see inside them back in the 1950’s

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From the Editor: Tank Boulevard APG

Heavy Tank MKVIII 1919

Heavy Tank MKVIII 1919

A couple years ago I scanned a set of old photos I had of the vehicles at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and posted them on my old blog. I have moved them over here where they will be more accessible.  While the quality of these pictures is not great, they do give an idea of how the vehicles were displayed circa 1981. I’m starting with the pictures from “Tank Boulevard” which was a long row of US vehicles set up chronologically along Maryland Boulevard as one entered the base.

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