M.O.I. ‘Moveable Maginot’

United Kingdom (1941) Mobile Fortress – None Built In 1941, Britain had just dodged the bullet of a German invasion. The fears of an invasion peaked after defeat in France, but gave way in July and August 1940 to a sense of national defiance with air superiority over the UK maintained in the Battle of …

Maubaret’s War Machine

France (1925) Ball Tank – None Built There have been numerous ideas for ball-shaped tanks, either as spherical or as oblate spheroids, drums, cylinders, or other such shapes, and none have gotten very far. The inherent problems of steering and control, the difficulties of combat from such a shape, and the not inconsequential oddness of …

Alfred Kubin’s ‘Der Staat’

Austro-Hungarian Empire (1901) Artistic Representation – None Built Does life imitate art, or does art imitate life? The answer is that both are true to one extent or another. In the age before tanks and at a time when even armored cars were very much in their infancy, there were many ideas about new weapons …

Paré’s Engine of War

United States of America (1918) Ball Tank – None Built The wheel is perhaps the second greatest of mankind’s accomplishments. Perfect, simple, and utilitarian, it takes an act of magnificent hubris to try and perfect such an already flawless instrument. However, not one to shirk a challenge, Arsene Pare, a magnetic healer from Canada living …

T-34/SU-76 Hybrid

People’s Republic of Poland (1955) Self-Propelled Gun – Probably Fake The release of declassified historical documents from the archives of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has produced some interesting, unusual, and often rather odd intelligence reports relating to tanks. With much of what was happening behind the Iron Curtain, especially in terms of …

Giacomini Tank

France (1956) Tank – Patent Only Post-World War Two Europe was a continent rich in the legacy of the war. A legacy which took the form of an abundance of tanks, both in the form of legacy leftovers of the war, and a ready supply of new tanks from Britain (Centurion) or the United States …

Alvis Shadow ‘Offensive Action Vehicle’

United Kingdom/United States of America (1998-2000) Reconnaissance Vehicle – 2 Built In the late 1990s, the specialist versions of the Land Rovers used by British Special forces and other reconnaissance troops were showing their age, with some units still using Series III vehicles – a vehicle which ended production in 1985. With an eye to …

Bloomfield’s ‘Tortoise’ Single Track Heavy Tank

Commonwealth of Australia (1942) Heavy Tank – None Built Post WW1, most tanks follow a common enough shape, with a rigid armored body, a pair of track units, with one on each side, an engine located within the body, and either a fixed casemate gun or a turret with some secondary guns in the hull. …

Goede’s New Tank

Hungary (2002) Tank – Patent Only Dr. Gabor Goede (Hungarian: Gábor Göde), a resident of Budapest, Hungary, filed a patent for a ‘New Type of Tank’ on 16th July 2002. In it, Goede was clear that in his view tanks would “continue to act [as] an important and indispensable part in modern warfare”, but that …

McNaier’s Armored Truck

United States of America (1919) Armored Truck – None Built On 29th March 1919, Joseph Treanor McNaier submitted a patent design for a centrifugal gun. This was no ordinary firearm and was not merely a design for a weapon in isolation. When he filed his design on 2nd April, McNaier was proposing a new way …