Lorraine 37L (Tracteur de Ravitaillement pour Chars 1937 L)

France (1936-1945) Artillery & Supply Tractor – Circa 630 Built The French Armored Tank supplier The Renault UE was the most produced tracked armored vehicle in the French Army before WW2. Its main job was to transport supplies to infantry units on the front line. In April 1936, by which time the UE had already…

155mm GCT AUF1 & 2

France (1977-1995) Self-Propelled Howitzer – Around 407 Built In the sixties and seventies, the main French self-propelled gun was the Mk F3 155mm based on the chassis of the AMX-13 light tank. This self-propelled howitzer (SPH), which also saw success as an export, was in line with other SPHs of the era, meaning the crew…

Sturmpanzerwagen A7V

German Empire (1917) Heavy Tank – 20 Built High command scepticism In 1916, both the British and the French introduced tanks on the battlefield and gradually improved their performances and design through frontline experience. But still, even by 1917, the German high command still considered they could be defeated by using special rifle bullets and…

Tank Mark I

United Kingdom (1916) Heavy Tank – 150 Built 100 years of armored warfare The Tank Mark I marked both the dawn of armored warfare and the start of the whole tank lineage that would soon find its treasured place in almost all armies of the world. It is important to remember that, although a weapon of war, perfected in the…

M36 90mm GMC Jackson

United States of America (1943) Tank Destroyer – 1,772 Built The ultimate American tank hunter of WW2 The M36 Jackson was the last dedicated American tank hunter of the war. After the early, soon obsolete M10 Wolverine and the superfast M18 Hellcat, the US Army needed a more powerful gun and better armored vehicle to…

Sherman VC Firefly

United Kingdom/United States of America (1944) Tank Destroyer – Approximately 2,000 Built Turning the Sherman into a killer From the hedgerow of Normandy, France, to the hills of Italy and the plains of Netherlands, the Firefly was one of the few Allied tanks the Germans learned to fear… Among the most potent Allied conversion of…

A.27, Cruiser Mk.VIII, Cromwell

United Kingdom (1942) Cruiser Tank – 3,066 Built The most renowned British Cruiser tank The Cromwell is arguably the best known, most produced and most successful of the cruisers lineage started in 1936, at least until the arrival of the Comet in late 1944. Its genesis goes back to 1941, and the choice of the…

Sturmpanzer IV Brummbär

German Reich (1943) Heavy Assault Gun – 303-316 Built Development of the Sd.Kfz.166 In 1942, Albert Speer placed an order for a howitzer mounted on a tank chassis to keep up with the Panzer Divisions. Alkett received the order to design the new vehicle, which would be known as the Sd.Kfz.166, Sturmpanzer, or Sturmpanzer 43….

M1 Abrams

United States of America (1978) Main Battle Tank – 9,000 Built The American iconic MBT The M1 Abrams eclipsed for the last thirty years all past MBTs to date, including the M48/M60 series. It represented a definitive change in US tank design since World War 2 and was engineered with the crew protection in mind,…

Sd.Kfz.251

German Reich (1939-1945) Armored Half-track – 15,252 Built Genesis of the Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251 This vehicle was a familiar sight, widely associated with the German infantry during all of World War Two. It began simply as an armored version of the Sd.Kfz.11 half-tracked artillery tractor. The half-track was one of the several solutions given to the problem…

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