FV4003 Centurion AVRE

United Kingdom (1955) Engineering Vehicle – Approximately 40 Built In 1944, a new type of armored vehicle, designed specifically for use by the Royal Engineers (RE), entered service. This was the Churchill AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers). It was based on the Mk.III and IV model of the Infantry Tank, and was famously armed with …

M113 APC in Irish Service (Congo Crisis, 1960-1965)

Republic of Ireland (1960-1964) Armored Personnel Carrier – 6 Operated Militarily speaking, the Republic of Ireland is officially a ‘non-aligned state’. This means that the country is mostly neutral but it will engage an enemy if necessary, or if the country is threatened. The Republic of Ireland is, however, an extremely active member of the …

FV433 Abbot SPG

United Kingdom (1958) Self-Propelled Gun – 234 Built In the late 1950s, the United Kingdom was looking for a new Self-Propelled Gun (SPG). It was envisioned that this would replace the Ram-based Sexton, a Second World War-era 25-Pounder gun-armed SPG that was still in service with the Royal Artillery. It was also planned that it …

FV219 & FV222 – Conqueror ARV Mk.1 & 2

United Kingdom (1959-1960) Armored Recovery Vehicle – 28 Built (8 Mk.1, 20 Mk.2) In the early years of the Cold War, the Western Powers began developing heavy tanks in response to the Soviet’s IS-3 heavy tank, unveiled at the end of the Second World War. The IS-3 sent a cold shiver down the spines of …

Loyd Carrier

United Kingdom (1939) Tankette – 26,000 Built Carriers were a series of utility vehicles produced during the Second World War. They fulfilled a number of roles including troop transportation, reconnaissance, and towing guns. Though perhaps thought mundane compared to other armored vehicles, Carriers were the backbone of the British Army in the war. They even …

Medium Tank M45 (T26E2)

United States of America (1945) Medium Tank – 185 Built In 1945, after a long and convoluted development process, the T26E1 – that lead to the M26 Pershing – entered service, and saw action in the closing months of the Second World War in Europe. The T26/M26 was armed with a powerful, high-velocity 90 mm …

USMC Improvised M4A2 Flail Tank

United States of America (1944-1945) Flail Tank – 1 Built In 1944, the United States Army began testing British-built flail tanks such as the Crab and Scorpion. Mine flails like these consist of a rotating drum connected to a series of chains suspended from the front of the vehicle. The drum rotates at a high …

7.2in Multiple Rocket Launcher M17 ‘Whiz Bang’

Though it did not have much of a chance to prove itself in action, the Rocket Launcher T34, famously known as the ‘Calliope’ after the steam organ, was a relatively successful weapon. Mounted above the turret of the Medium Tank M4, the launcher was a great area-of-effect weapon. Despite this, work continued on upgrading the …

Morris-Commercial C9/B Self-Propelled 40mm Bofors

United Kingdom (1943-1945) Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun – 1,680 Built This rare Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) began development in 1941 as a private venture by the Morris-Commercial company. Morris was one of Britain’s most famous motor companies, renowned for their cars. They also built a number of vehicles for the military, such as the Morris CS9 …

Minenräumer Minebreaker 2000/2

Federal Republic of Germany (1999) Mine Clearing Vehicle – At Least 3 Built In the late 1990s, the Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG, Eng: Flensburg Vehicle Manufacturing Company) unveiled a powerful new demining vehicle. It was designed to be capable of clearing large areas of ground quicker than existing vehicles. This machine was called the Minenräumer …