Photo(s) of the Day: The View from Inside a Tiger II

Today’s Photo of the Day feature comes courtesy of author and researcher Ken Estes.  These are some pictures he took while climbing around and inside the Tiger II tank housed at the Musée des Blindés (“Museum of Armoured Vehicles”) in Saumur, France.  These pictures show the view from the various crew positions and give a pretty good idea of just how limited a range of vision WWII era tank crews enjoyed.

Driver’s periscope

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Gunner’s sight

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Commander’s cupola periscope

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Commander’s open hatch position

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Photo of the Day: Prom in a Tank

Yes, we know it’s an APC, not a tank, but “Prom in a Tank” is a far catchier headline than “Prom in an APC.”  This photo comes from The Sun which reported that these British teenagers were driven to the Prom in their grandfather’s Saurer 4K 4FA.

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Photo of the Day: “Covfefe” Paladin

While we try to steer clear of politics here, we couldn’t resist this photo of an M109 SPG with the word “covfefe” stenciled on the gun barrel.

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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.