British Comet tank rusting away in Cuba

This video showed up on NBC news of a British Comet tank that somehow ended up in Cuba prior to the Cuban Revolution.  It has been painted pink and sits in a farmers field rusting away.  Of course, NBC mis-identifies the vehicle as a “Sherman tank.” Click on the image below to watch the clip.

cuban tank

Inside the tank: The M5 Stuart & M24 Chaffee

Wargaming Europe’s Richard Cutland takes a look at the M5 Stuart & M24 Chaffee.

Benning TV: Tank Talk

Here are a couple videos created by the Armor and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia.  These films are narrated by Museum director Len Dyer and  feature the many vehicles found in the Museum collection.  The first video deals with WWI era vehicles while the second video deals with WW2.  For more information about the Museum and Len Dyer, check out this interview from 2012.




“The Main Thing about Tanks” WoT videos

Here are a series of short videos from the World of Tanks official video channel explaining some basics on tank history and development.  These videos are in Russian, but English subtitles are available.

The main thing about the tanks. Weaponry

The main thing about the tanks. Engine

The main thing about the tanks. The Chassis.

The main thing about the tanks. Layout.

The main thing about the tanks. The Hull.

The main thing about tanks. The Turret.

(we omitted one video from this series since it did not have English subtitles. For those that wish to view it, it is available here.)

Munster Panzer Museum Video

Earlier this summer this video appeared on youtube showing some of the restored vehicles on display at the Panzer Museum in Munster Germany.

Tank Chats #7 British Mark II with David Fletcher

The Tank Museum has posted another installment in their Tank Chats series featuring David Fletcher.

The seventh in a series of short films about some of the vehicles in our collection presented by The Tank Museum’s historian David Fletcher MBE.

Only fifty tanks each of Marks II and III were produced. They were unarmoured, in the sense that the steel from which they were built was not heat treated to make it bullet proof. The reason being that these tanks were only intended for use as training machines.

The chief external differences from Mark I lay in the tail wheels, which were not used on Marks II and III and later heavy tanks, the narrower driver’s cab and the ‘trapezoid’ hatch cover on the roof.

Video: History of US Tanks

This Vietnam war era government documentary showed up on youtube today.  Not sure if this video has appeared online before, but it’s the first time we recall seeing it.

Video: Tankfest 2015

The Mighty Jingles has released a video about the recent Tank Fest event at the Tank Museum in Bovington England.

Panzer wrecks from the Bulgarian Border

4654_thank_in_museum_of_battle_gloryLast month War History Online ran an update to a story that first appeared way back in 2008 about WWII German tank wrecks on the Bulgarian border.  The Bulgarian government had buried more than 40 former Nazi tanks on their southern border as stationary pill boxes during the cold war.  In 2008 the Bulgarian government announced that they were unearthing the vehicles and selling them at auction.  Over the years, many of the vehicles had fallen prey to scrap metal hunters who removed many of the smaller bits off the tanks.  The Bulgarian government cancelled the auction before it happened, deciding instead to keep the vehicles.  Currently, these vehicles reside at the Museum of the Battle Glory.  Several of the tanks have been partially restored, getting sandblasted, primed and repainted.  According to the article, 7-8 vehicles are on display with the rest in storage.

The full article from War History Online can be viewed here.

Here is a video showing these vehicles prior to restoration.

One of the stranger vehicles shown in the photos and the video is what appears to be a Panzer IV turret modified to fit the cannon and mantlet from a SU-76m! (the vehicle on the right painted dark green)


Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran on Myths of American Armor

Att the recent TankFest Northwest event at the Flying Heritage Collection, World of Tanks researcher Nicholas Moran made a presentation on “The Myths of American Armor in WW2.” Fortunately for those unable to attend, his talk was video recorded and posted in the Chieftain’s Hatch section of the WoT forums.