From the Vault: Ordnance article on Mark VIII tank

tank picToday we present an article from The 1920 July-August issue of Ordnance magazine on the “Manufacture of Mark VIII tanks at the Rock Island Arsenal” by Harry B. Jordan.  The article describes the construction of these vehicles, one of the very first tanks assembled in the United States.  For those interested in the technical details of these early tanks, this article should prove illuminating.  There is also a somewhat amusing photo in the article of a Mark VIII that flipped upside down during a loading accident.

From the Editor: The Forgotten Legacy of Harry Knox

US2093456-0I find it interesting that the names of individual tank designers, or at least the heads of design teams, got much more recognition in the Soviet Union than in the Western world.  Ask the average tank enthusiast to name a western tank designer and you probably won’t get many responses beyond “Walter Christie” or “Ferdinand Porsche.”  However, start reading about Soviet designs and you will run into all sorts of names like Koshkin, Kotin, Morozov or Kartsev.   Of course, part of this has to do with the Western tendency to attribute vehicle design to a corporation while the Soviet system relied on design teams named after the lead designer.   [Read more…]