A.22D, Churchill Gun Carrier

United Kingdom (1943) Self-Propelled Gun – 50 Built In 1941, the General Staff requested an investigation looking into the possibility of mounting high-velocity cannons onto tanks. The Valentine or Churchill were ill-suited to mounting anything larger than a 6-Pounder (57 mm/2.24 in) or 75 mm (2.95 in) cannon in their turret. As such, it was …

90mm Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun M56 Scorpion

United States of America (1959) Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun – 325 Built Introduction The M56 began life in the heads of an Anti-Tank Panel in Fort Monroe, 1948. They soon developed the idea of a self-propelled, high-velocity small caliber anti-tank vehicle that could be air transportable and deployable. This idea was put forward to the Army …

Matilda II Mk.IV with ZiS-5 76mm

Soviet Union (1941) Infantry Tank – 1 Prototype Built In the early stages of WWII, Great Britain started a lend-lease relationship with the Soviet Union. Along with the Churchill III, Tetrarch, Valentine and Universal Carrier, the famous Queen of the Desert Matilda II soon found itself in the USSR. Between 1941 and 1943, some 1084 …

Kugelpanzer

German Reich Ball Tank – 1 Built Introduction After the First World War, unique concepts to deal with the No Man’s Land issue came by the bucketload. One of more unique ideas being the rolling or ball tank. The Germans were the first to try a working prototype with the Treffas-Wagen in 1917. Another concept …

5 cm KwK 38 L/42 auf Infanterie Pz.Kpfw. MK II 748(e) “Oswald”

German Reich (1942) Training Vehicle – 1 Built During the early stages of World War II, the rampaging Wehrmacht began running into some hardened British steel among the softer skinned Cruisers and Vickers Lights. This was of course, the famous Queen of the Desert, Infantry Tank Matilda Mk.II, and nothing short of an 88 mm …

IT-1

Soviet Union (1964) Missile Tank Destroyer – 220 Built Introduction During the Cold War, the Soviets began work on two designs for ATGM Raketniy tanks, literally meaning “Rocket Tanks”. One of the vehicles was the IT-1, based on the chassis of the T-62. Its designation was short for ‘Istrebitel Tankov’ (Истребитель Танков), literally ‘Tank Destroyer’, …

Object 416 (SU-100M)

Soviet Union (1950) Light Tank/SPG – 1 Prototype Built Introduction Object 416 was born in the famous city of Kharkov. It was designed by The Construction Bureau of Plant No. 75. In 1944, the same design bureau had designed the A-44, a rear-turreted medium tank. The A-44 never saw development as a consequence of the …