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 …

Stridsvogn M24 (M24 Chaffee in Norwegian Service)

Kingdom of Norway (1946-1990s) Light Tank – 141 Operated The Second World War was rough for Norway. Falling to German invasion in April 1940, the country suffered 5 long years of occupation which only ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945. Following this, Norway had to rebuild its military from the ground …

Landsverk 120 (L-120) in Norwegian Service ‘Rikstanken’

Kingdom of Sweden/Kingdom of Norway (1938) Light Tank – 1 Operated Even into the 1930s, Norway was not one of the more industrially advanced countries in Europe. As such, Norway was a relative latecomer to the idea of mechanizing its armed forces. It was not until the mid-1930s that the Royal Norwegian Army (No: Hæren) …

FV215b (Fake Tank)

United Kingdom (1950s) Heavy Gun Tank – Fake The need for a heavily armed tank was highlighted for the British Army in 1945, when the Soviet Army unveiled its newly developed heavy tank – the IS-3 – at the Berlin Victory Parade. The Armies of Britain, France, and the USA realized they had nothing to …

Tank, Heavy No. 2, 183 mm Gun, FV215

United Kingdom (1950-1957) Heavy Gun Tank – 1 Mock-up & Various Components Built Viewing the public debut of the Soviet Union’s IS-3 heavy tank at the Berlin Victory Parade of September 1945, the Western powers – including Great Britain – were shocked. As heads of the British, American, and French Armies watched these machines clatter …

Hatay Heavy Tank (Fictional Tank)

Republic of Hatay (1938) Heavy Tank – Fictional In 1989, the initial Indiana Jones trilogy of movies – created by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas – was coming to an end with the final installment; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The film, set in 1938, sees the swashbuckling fictional archeologist, Dr. Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones …