General Barnes Tank Patent

Here is a short new video looking at an interesting tank patent we found from General Barnes, head of Ordnance during WWII.

 

Video: Movie News

Here is a short video where we discuss news about an upcoming film on the 761st Tank Battalion.

Video Editorial: Why I *Don’t* Hate World of Tanks

Many years ago I had written a piece for my previous blog called Why I Hate World of Tanks.  I decided to expound on that theme a bit more, softening my earlier stance.

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.

Editors Note: Heading to Virginia to see some Tanks!

Tomorrow I am heading out to Nokesville VA to attend the Americans in Wartime 2017 Openhouse put on by the NMAW and VMMV.  I plan to be there for both days, Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th.  For those that are attending and want to say hi, look for the guy wearing a blue baseball cap that says “LST 393 Muskegon MI.”  I will most likely also be lugging around a video camera, tripod and microphone.  Assuming I get some good footage, I am aiming create the first original video by Tank and AFV News.com.  I’ll be checking email throughout the day, so feel free to contact me at the event at tanksonthebrain@gmail.com

Soviet T-10: Q&A with Stephen “Cookie” Sewell

Stephen Sewell croppedTank and AFV News corresponded recently with Stephen “Cookie” Sewell, co-author of the new book Soviet T-10 Heavy Tank and Variants published by Osprey.  Mr. Sewell was born in New York and is a retired US Army chief warrant officer and Department of the Army intelligence analyst.  Trained in both the Vietnamese and Russian languages, Mr. Sewell has written numerous intelligence articles as well as many pieces on American and Russian armor.  He is an enthusiastic scale model builder and the founder of the Armor Model Preservation Society in 1992.  He is also a prolific reviewer of model kits and books.

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Can you give us a description of your career in the US Army and US government?

I entered the Army in September 1968 and was trained as a Vietnamese linguist. After a short tour in Vietnam and then at NSA was retrained as a Russian linguist in 1973. Spent a total of nine years on strategic intelligence assignments and nine years tactical ones. Retired in 1990 as a Chief Warrant officer. Due to expertise hired back three months later into same job I retired from and arrived two weeks before Desert Shield/Desert Storm started. Changed to the National Ground Intelligence Center predecessor in 1991 and then to that organization when created in 1994. Retired from there in 2011

How did you get the nickname Cookie?

I came back from Vietnam in 1971 and my brother wanted me to see a new kids’ show on PBS called “Sesame Street”. First Muppet I saw was the Cookie Monster, who in the space of two minutes ate an entire box of cookies, the box, and a telephone. My kind of guy! When I got to NSA I started drawing him doing stuff like eating MiG-21s and people in my office started referring to me as “Cookie Monster”. Stuffed my desk with chocolate [Read more…]