Type 3 Ka-Chi

Empire of Japan (1943) Amphibious Tank – 19 Built Following the success of the Type 2 Ka-Mi, the Imperial Japanese Navy began development of a larger, stronger replacement. This was the Special Type 3 Launch Ka-Chi (特三式内火艇 カチ Toku-san-shiki uchibitei Ka-Chi), an amphibious medium tank, based on the chassis of the Type 1 Chi-He. Design …

Type 10 Hitomaru Main Battle Tank

Japan (2012) Main Battle Tank – 80 Built Japan’s Type 10 Hitomaru Main Battle Tank (10式戦車 Hitomaru-shiki sensha) is one of the world’s most technologically advanced armored vehicles to date. This fourth generation vehicle is embedded with numerous top-of-the-line communicative and combative features, most notably the incorporation of the C4I system. Designed to replace the …

Type 97 Chi-Ha, 120 mm Short Gun

Empire of Japan (1944-1945) Artillery Support Tank – Approximately 12 Built The 120 mm equipped Chi-Ha, officially the Short Barrel 120 mm Gun Tank (ショートバレル120 mmガンタンク, Shōtobareru 120 mm gantanku), was an infantry/fire support tank built on the chassis of the Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha, the most produced medium tank of the Japanese Empire. Design …

Panzerkampfwagen IV mit Hydrostatischem Antrieb

German Reich (1944) Prototype Medium Tank – 1 Built In 1943, an alternative drive system for the Panzer IV entered development. This was the Hydrostatischem Antrieb or Hydrostatic Drive, also known as the “Thoma” drive. It was designed and produced in the Augsburg plant of ZF Friedrichshafen, and tested on a turret-less Panzer IV Ausf.G …

Type 4 Ho-Ro

Empire of Japan (1944) Self-Propelled Gun – 12 Built The Type 4 Ho-Ro (タイプ4ホーロー Taipu 4 hōrō) was a self-propelled gun that saw limited production and service by the Imperial Japanese Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The Japanese Grille As part of the technology sharing scheme between Nazi Germany and Imperial …

Type 5 Ke-Ho

Empire of Japan (1944-1945) Light Tank – 1 Built Although it had performed well before the outbreak of the Second World War, and during it’s early stages, the Type 95 Ha-Go was showing it’s age by 1942. It simply didn’t stand a chance against the increasingly powerful tanks being fielded by the Americans in the …

Medium Tank T26E4 “Super Pershing”

United States of America (1945) Medium Tank – 25 Built, 2 Modified Enter the Heavy The M26 Pershing was deployed rather late onto the battlefields of WWII, with the first 20 landing in the Belgian port of Antwerp in January 1945. These tanks would be the only Pershings to see combat in World War Two, …

Schmalturm Turret

This turret had been associated with the planned Panther II. For a while it was thought to have been designed solely for it. The new turret was actually developed independently and was considered as an upgrade for both the ageing Panzer IV which was in its Ausf.J model at the time, and the Ausf.F of …

Tankenstein (Halloween Fictional Tank)

World of Tanks Blitz (2015) Heavy Tank – Fictional In the past year, Wargaming’s mobile version of its flagship game, ‘World of Tanks: Blitz’ has been no stranger to some less than authentic tanks. The first of this type of vehicle was actually something rather unique and original. During Halloween 2015, after completing a series …

Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf.J (VK16.01)

German Reich (1942) Heavy Reconnaissance Tank – 22 Built The Panzer II bore many variants over its service life, from the Ausf.A, to the subject of this article, the J. The Panzerkampfwagen II Ausführung J. was a heavy reconnaissance tank, and compared to its bretheren, was far better protected. Being a ‘Heavy Reconnaissance Tank’, the …