Bilbao Modelo 1932

Second Spanish Republic (1932-1939) Nationalist Spain (1936-1943) Armored Car – 48 Built Guardian of the Republic The Bilbao Modelo 1932 was the official armored car of the Guardias de Asalto (Assault Guard – officially known as Secciones de la Vanguardia del Cuerpo de Seguridad – Sections of the Vanguard of the Security Corps), who were…

Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf.A in Chinese Service

Republic of China (1937) Light Tank – 15 Imported Chinese Panzers! Facing a number of external threats in the 1930’s, the Chinese began to procure weapons from abroad in order to modernize their army. One of the many vehicles that Chiang Kai-shek’s government obtained was the Panzer I Ausf.A from Germany. Fifteen arrived in June 1937,…

Vickers Mark E Type B in Chinese Service

Republic of China (1934-1937) Light Tank – 20 Imported Chiang Kai-shek’s Armored Might The Vickers Mark E Type B (or Vickers 6-ton) was a huge export success, being sold to various nations across the world in the 1930s. With Japan occupying large parts of China (notably Taiwan and Manchuria) and German advisors suggesting that they…

T-72 Shafrah

Hello dear reader! This article on the T-72 Shafrah has not been updated since 19th March 2018, meaning that the article may be out of date, considering that the Syrian Civil War continues. Syrian Arab Republic (2017-Present) Main Battle Tank – Estimated 11-17 Converted New armor kits for the SAA The T-72 Shafrah was originally…

Gongchen Tank & Type 97 Chi-Ha in Chinese Service

Communist China (1945-1959) Medium Tank – 100+ Captured The PLA’s First Tank The Gongchen Tank (“Heroic Tank”, 功臣號) refers to a specific Chi-Ha Shinhoto captured by the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) in 1945. The story is part of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) folklore and its fine details seem somewhat fantastical. Nevertheless, the Gongchen Tank appears to…

Daimler-Guinness Armoured Lorries

United Kingdom (1916) Improvised Armored Personnel Carrier – 5 Built The first APC? The Daimler-Guinness Armoured Lorries were a little known, lightly-armored truck series that saw service in Ireland in 1916, during the Easter Rising. This is, of course, an unofficial name, as the lorries were just referred to as “Armoured Lorry”, “Armoured Car”, “Boilers”,…

T-72 Mahmia

Syrian Arab Republic (Circa 2014-2017) Main Battle Tank – 8-10 Converted (As Of March 2017) Forged by Civil War T-72 Mahmia (meaning “shielded/protected” in Arabic) is an unofficial name for up-armored T-72s from the Syrian Civil War. These tanks are Syrian Arab Army (government forces) T-72s that have been fitted with additional armor – mostly…

T-55 Enigma

Iraqi Republic (Circa 1988-1990) Main Battle Tank – Estimated 5-8 Converted A Real Enigma The “T-55 Enigma” (or Enigma, for short) is the unofficial name for an upgrade standard applied to a few Iraqi T-55s. According to some Iraqis, the official name was “Al Faw”. As the western name suggests, very little is known about…

ISU High Power Gun Projects (ISU-122-1, ISU-152-1, ISU-152-2, ISU-130, ISU-122-3)

Soviet Union (1944-1945) Heavy Tank Destroyers – 5 Prototypes Built Dedicated Beast Slayers In mid-1944, the Red Army recognized that it might need tanks that could consistently and reliably destroy the Wehrmacht’s most well-armored tanks. The Red Army fielded few tanks that could destroy the King Tiger, Elefant, and Jagdtiger reliably from medium-long ranges. Although…

Disston Tractor Tank

United States of America (Circa 1933) Tractor Tank – Estimated 6 Built Tanks on a Budget The Disston Tractor Tank (sometimes known as the Disston 6-ton Tractor Tank) was essentially a Caterpillar tractor that was given a simplistic armored superstructure, a turret, and a modest armament of a .30 cal (7.62 mm) machine gun and…

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