Photo of the Day: Crusader Wreck in Maryland

Our POTD comes from the facebook page Treadheads: Living History Tank Crew and features the wreck of a British WWII era Crusader tank on the grounds of the former training area of Fort Meade, MD.  To see more photos of this tank and other nearby wrecks, go to their facebook page gallery here.

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Photo(s) of the Day: Heidi

Over at the AFV News Dicussion Board, user “clausb” posted these rather intriguing photos from the Bundesarchiv website of what looks like a German A7V .  Another forum member provided some information on this vehicle, quoting the authors Hundleby and Strasheim who state:

“In January 1919 a modified A7V minus gun but with four revolving machine gun mounts, one on each corner, was used by the Freikorps in Berlin. This machine was not an original A7V, as various details show, but a Geländewagen of the Tank Training Detachment fitted with surplus armour plates, possibly from 524, A7V-U…This vehicle was used only on a few occasions. It was later named Heidi, and for some time was commanded by 2nd Lieutenant Theunissen. In July 1919, the tank was required to be delivered to the Allied Control Commission, but was afterwards scrapped, of which there is photographic evidence.”

Photo of the Day: Tank Face-off

This photo was posted on Tank-net a few days ago.  We don’t know for sure, but it looks like a black and white photo that was later colorized.

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Photo of the Day: A Sherman in traffic

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Photo of the Day: Canadian Sherman Tanks

This POTD is of two Canadian Sherman tanks in the Netherlands during the final year of WWII.  This is a somewhat unusual pairing in that one is a Firefly and the other is a 105mm howitzer equipped Sherman. The crews of both tanks seem to have fully committed to the idea of spare tracks as effective add-on armor.  The Firefly crew has gone so far as to attach what looks like track from a Panzer IV on their turret.  All in all, a very cool photo.

Edit: A reader named “Whelmy” has pointed out that the Canadian “dry pin” track  looks very similar to German style track and could very well be the track around the Firefly turret.  As far as we can tell, the Canadian dry pin track (CDP) was not generally used as track on Canadian Sherman tanks, but was used on Canadian vehicles based on the Grizzly (a Canadian version of the Sherman) such as the Sexton SPG.  CDP was not interchangeable with American style track since it had a narrower pitch, which required a 17 teeth drive sprocket.

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Photo of the Day: Syrian Battlewagon

The ongoing conflict in Syria has produced all manner of improvised and unusual armored vehicles.  Here is an example of one of them, which seems to be mounting the turret from a BMP-1 IFV.

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Photo of the Day: Priest on a Rampage

Most people would not not consider the M7 Priest to be an anti-aircraft vehicle. However, the M7 in this picture seems to be doing quite a bit of damage against some parked Japanese aircraft. If anyone has more information about the scene in this photo, we would love to hear it.

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