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.

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.

TFB: P-47s, Tiger Tanks, and Bouncing Bullets

Over at The FirearmBlog (TFB), contributor Nathaniel F has written a post examining the peculiar myth of P-47 fighter bombers “bouncing” .50 cal bullets into the bottom hulls of Tiger tanks during the fighting in the ETO in 1944-45.  The piece is in response to this clip from a TV show documentary.


 TFB – P-47s, Tiger Tanks, and Bouncing Bullets: The Limitations of Eyewitness Accounts

As a researcher and history enthusiast, one of the issues I often have to wrestle with is that of eyewitness accounts, specifically when to trust them and when not to. That subject itself is one for another time, but today I want to look at a specific example of an eyewitness account as an illustration of how they can be misleading to someone trying to reconstruct historical events.

The account in question is this one, apparently from an unknown television documentary, in which a former P47 pilot describes attacking German tanks by bouncing bullets off the ground and into the underside of the tank’s hull.

Read the full post here.

Version 4.1 of USA Historical AFV Register is avaiable for download

afv-registerThe latest version of the USA Historical AFV Register is now available for download.  For those not familiar with this document, it is a list of every tank and AFV on public display in the US organized by state.  This latest version is authored by Neil Baumgardner and Michel van Loon.  It can be downloaded in PDF format either here or here.  This document is a must have for when you plan your next vacation!

The Tanks at Passchendaele

Lincolnshire Live has posted an article about the early British tanks used at the 1917 battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres).  These early British tanks were built by William Foster and CO Ltd which was located in Lincoln, a fact that explains why Lincolnshire Live has posted a number of article related to WWI tanks over the past year.  Click on the headline below to read the full article.

When men drowned and our tanks sank in 10ft deep water-filled shell holes

15848463-largeThis summer sees the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele, in northern Belgium, where a total of 590,000 troops died in the space of three months.

The bloody conflict raged from July 31, 1917 to November 6, 1917 and resulted in the deaths of 325,000 Allies and 265,000 Germans.

Passchendaele, known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was one fight in an horrific series of battles during the First World War.

The fighting took place in West Flanders for control of strategic ridges to the south and east of the city of Ypres.

Alongside gas, shells, machine gun fire or improvised clubs made from spade handles wrapped in barbed wire, soldiers also had to contend with mud, mud and more mud.

Unlike the chalky terrain of the Somme, Passchendaele became infamous for its boggy conditions and waterlogged trenches thanks to constant rain turning the battlefield into a quagmire.

And it all proved too much for the tanks, a new invention by William Foster & Co of Lincoln that had first entered battle with a stutter rather than a splash at Flers-Courcelette on September 15, 1916.

The seeds of using tanks to support advancing infantry had been sown, but this tactic proved such a disaster at Passchendaele that the British almost abandoned tank warfare altogether.

Read the rest of the article here.




Yad La-Shiryon tanks to be restored

Arutz Sheva 7 is reporting that at least 50 of the vehicles on display at the Yad Lashriyon museum will receive an external restoration.  The vehicles include all four types of Merkava, Sherman tanks, Centurion tanks, M48 Pattons, The Magach and Shot Kal and the Churchill infantry tank.

img754750Israel’s Defense Ministry Property Director, together with the IDF’s ground forces and the Yad Lashiryon Organization, has announced a project to restore a variety of historical displays, including historical tanks which fought in all of Israel’s wars.

158 tanks and other armored vehicles of different makes and periods are displayed near the Latrun Police Department’s Taggart Fort. Taggart Forts were built under the British Mandate in 1940.

The project will include at least fifty tanks and armored vehicles, and will give each one a cleaning, a rust treatment, and a coat of new paint in the tank’s original color.

Some of the tanks which will be restored are: Merkava tanks of all four types, Sherman tanks, Centurion tanks, M48 Patton tanks, the Magach and Shoot Kal tanks, and the Churchill Infantry Tank.

Armored personnel carriers and other armored vehicles, including armored cars, jeeps, self-propelled howitzers, and other historical weapons will also be included in Yad Lashiryon’s attempt to tell the story of generations of Israeli weapons and wars.

The plan’s first stage is scheduled to be completed by early summer 2017.