OQF 3.7″ AA on Ram Mounting

Dominion of Canada/United Kingdom (1942) Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft/Anti-Tank Gun – 1 Built A joint venture between Canada and Great Britain, the Tank, Cruiser, Ram, was an expedient means of creating a conventionally turreted tank on the bones of the American Medium Tank M3 Lee/Grant. In 1941, the long-term replacement for the M3 was still in development as…

Fake & Fictional

Humber Hexonaut GS 6×6

United Kingdom (1942-1943) Semi-Amphibious Cargo Vehicle – 3 Prototypes Built The Hexonaut’s story began between 1942 and 1943. Operating in Burma (now Myanmar) during the Second World War, the British ‘Forgotten Army’ – the 14th Army – had as much of an enemy in the harsh terrain of the land as they did in the…

FV4004 – Tank, Heavy Gun, 120 mm Gun, Conway

United Kingdom (1950) Heavy Gun Tank – 3 Prototypes Built In the early years of the Cold War, Western powers felt somewhat outmatched and outgunned by the Red Army of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). With its display at the 1945 Berlin Victory Parade, the Soviet IS-3 heavy tank sent a chill down…

Army Surplus Special (Fictional Tank)

United States of America (1968) Wacky Racer In 1968, Hanna-Barbera, the classic cartoon producer of The Flintstones, Topcat, and The Jetsons, – released Wacky Races, a Saturday morning cartoon centered around eleven unique cars with quirky drivers competing in road rallies across the United States to be named “World’s Wackiest Racer”. The cartoon ran for…

Viking & Mythic Norse Iconology on Norwegian Tanks

Vikings and their longships terrorized the coasts of Europe between the 8th and 11th centuries, setting sail from Scandinavia, but more commonly Norway. Norway’s military (the Forsvaret) has not forgotten its cultural tradition and heritage. From Valhalla to Ragnarök, Viking tradition, although not officially recognised, runs through the Norwegian military, with its strongest presence found…

Centurion Mantletless Turret

United Kingdom (1960s) Experimental Turret – 3 Built In recent years, thanks largely to erroneous publications and popular video games such as ‘World of Tanks’ and ‘War Thunder’, a comedy of errors has surrounded the history of the officially named ‘Centurion Mantletless Turret’. This redesigned turret – intended for installation on the Centurion – is…

FV4005 – Heavy Anti-Tank, SP, No. 1 “Centaur”

United Kingdom (1950-1957) Heavy Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun – 3 Built (1 Stage 1, 2 Stage 2) In the late 1940s, the British War Office (WO) was concerned that – after the debut of the IS-3 in 1945 – the Soviet Union would continue to develop heavily armored tanks. As such, the War Office filed a…

FV3902 Churchill Flail ‘Toad’

United Kingdom (1954) Mine Clearing Flail Tank – Approximately 42 Built Some of the most important vehicles to hit the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, 6th June 1944, were ‘Hobart’s Funnies’ of the 79th Armoured Division, Royal Engineers. These vehicles – named after the 79th’s Commander, Major-General Percy Hobart – were specialist variants of armored…

Conqueror Gun Carriage (GC) (Fake Tank)

United Kingdom (1950s) Self-Propelled Gun – Fake The British FV214 Conqueror Heavy Gun Tank was developed in the early 1950s in answer to the increasingly hostile Soviet Union, and its newly developed heavily armored tanks, such as the IS-3. The 120 mm gun-armed Conqueror was the first and last Heavy Gun Tank produced and operated…

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