FV200 Turbine Test Vehicle

United Kingdom (1954) Test Vehicle – 1 Built In 1954, the British, of C. A. Parsons Ltd. made history. At a public display of armored vehicles, they unveiled an odd-looking, silver turretless tank hull. This vehicle was a world first. Inside the engine bay was a new, experimental turbine engine. The vehicle was a testbed, …

Churchill ARV Mk.I & Mk.II

United Kingdom (1942-1944) Armored Recovery Vehicle – Unknown Number Converted To quote Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery – in not so few words – “the REME keeps the punch in the Army’s fist”. To do this, the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) utilize specially adapted versions of existing vehicles. The Churchill Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV), developed …

Caernarvon ‘Action X’ (Fake Tank)

United Kingdom (1950s?) Medium Gun Tank – Fake The ‘Tank, Medium Gun, FV221’, otherwise known as ‘Caernarvon’, appeared in the early 1950s and was a mating of an FV200 series chassis and the turret of an Mk.III Centurion. It was designed as an interim vehicle to fill the gap while Britain’s first Heavy Gun Tank, …

Tank, Heavy No. 1, 120 mm Gun, FV214 Conqueror

United Kingdom (1953) Heavy Gun Tank – Approximately 180 Built On September 7th, 1945, military heads of the Western Powers were horrified by what they saw rumbling towards them along the Charlottenburger Chaussee in central Berlin during the 1945 Victory Parade celebrating the end of the Second World War. During that parade, the increasingly threatening …

Landwehr Zug

German Empire (1912) Roadtrain The brain-child of the famous Professor Ferdinand Porsche, the Landwehr Zug, literally meaning “Land Train”, was one of the first ever hybrid power vehicles. This heavy haulage machine was designed to transport heavy equipment to troops in the field, powered by both diesel and electrocortical drives. There were three versions, each …

Stridsvogn & Stormkanon KW-III (Panzer III & StuG III in Norwegian Service)

Kingdom of Norway (1948-1953) Medium Tank – 61 Operated Assault Gun – 10 Operated Norway was left battered and bruised by a 5-year long German occupation (April 1940 – May 1945) that only ended with the capitulation of German forces at the end of the Second World War in Europe. Retreating German forces left a …

NM-130 Bergepanser

Kingdom of Norway (Mid-1970s-1993) Armored Recovery Vehicle – 4 Converted In 1946, Norway began to operate a fleet of M24 Chaffee light tanks given to it under a United States-led Military Aid Program (MAP). By the 1960s, the M24 was still in service with the Norwegian Army (Hæren) and was starting to show its age. …

NM-116 Panserjager

Kingdom of Norway (1975-1993) Light Tank/Tank Destroyer – 72 Converted After the Second World War, as part of the United States-led Military Aid Program (MAP), Norway received around 130 M24 Chaffee light tanks to help rebuild its military. In the early years of the Cold War, the Norwegian Military (Forsvaret, Eng: “The Defence”) was happy …

AMX-13 Avec Tourelle FL-11

France (1954) Improvised Light Tank – 5 Built By February 1952, the French had been fighting in the First Indochina War (1946 -1954) for six years. This war was fought between the French and Việt Minh (Việt Nam độc lập đồng Minh, Fr: Ligue pour l’indépendance du Viêt Nam, Eng: League for the Independence of …

AMX-US (AMX-13 Avec Tourelle Chaffee)

France (1957) Improvised Light Tank – 150 Built In 1956, the French Army and the Direction des Etudes et Fabrications d’Armements (Directorate of Studies and Manufacture of Armaments, DEFA, an institution within the French Military) were looking into affordable methods of modernizing their fleet of aging M24 Chaffee light tanks. One method was to somehow …