Photo of the Day: Revolving Turret Armored Motor Car

Today’s POTD is borrowed from the facebook page of Steven Zaloga.  Here is his description of the vehicle.

Aside from finding obscure Russian half-track armored car drawings, I located a lot of stuff on early US AFVs at NARA over the past few days. Most of it amplifies information on well-known types, but there is an occasional surprise. Here’s the “Revolving Turret Armored Motor Car” offered by Consolidated Motor Corp. to the Army. This seems to be the same vehicle attributed to Federal Motor Truck Co., which should not be a surprise as the individual behind these ventures was the same: C. K. Thomas. One of these was donated to the Armored Motor Battery of the NY National Guard, the first significant armored unit in the US Army which took part in the Mexican Punitive Expedition in 1916.

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Photo of the Day: Hydro-Abrams

Considering how long it’s been since we did a POTD post, perhaps we should rename it the Photo of the week or fortnight.  Anyhow, we recently found these images while going through some stuff.  Not sure the year on these pictures, but we are going to guess they date back to when the Crusader program was still alive, so early 2000’s.  As can be seen, this is a picture of an Abrams tank fitted with a hydro-pneumatic suspension system.

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Photo of the Day: Marder III for Sale

In case you happen to need your own Marder III tank destroyer, there is one that will be going up on auction later next month.  Auctions American.com has a number of military vehicles posted for sale next month from the WWII Victory Museum in Auburn IN.  We are unsure as to how genuine this Marder III actually is.  At least one reliable source has said it is based on a Swedish chassis.  The description notes that it is missing an engine and transmission.

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Photo of the Day: Israeli Mystery Tank

All we know about this Israeli vehicle is that it some sort of proof of concept vehicle dating from the period of 1999-2003.  Light tanks are not a category that the IDF has traditionally been all that excited about. (source)

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Update: A google image search led us to this post from the For the Record blog which sources the photo to this Hebrew language book.

Photo of the Day: Ruptured Gun Tube

Here is a rather striking picture of a ruptured 125 mm gun.  This photo recently appeared in a thread on the tank-net.com forum.  No details were provided as to the exact cause of this rather dramatic gun barrel failure.

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Photo of the Day: Sherman farm tractor

It’s been a while since we posted a photo of the day.  We bring this feature back today with this rather amusing photo taken in the late 1940’s in Chelyabinsk oblast.

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Photo of the Day: Israeli Boy finds tank buried in sand dune.

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The Israeli newspaper Haaretz is reporting that an Israeli youth found what appears to be the remains of a tank that was buried in the Negev sands of Holot Nitzanim.  The article notes that police also found a land mine and old tank shells at the site.  Officials say they believe the tank was placed there decades ago by the IDF as a training target.  Only one photo of the turret of the tank is included in the article.  It is not clear to us what type of tank this turret belonged to.