Constructora Field

Second Spanish Republic (1936-1937) Improvised Armored Car/APC – ~10 Built Barcelona’s Boiler Truck The Constructora Field (sometimes known as the “Barcelona” or even “Camion Blindado 4×2 No.8”, they are all unofficial names) was a series of armored cars from the early Spanish Civil War. With its streamlined design made from boiler plate, and its iconic lettering…

T-55/130 Self-Propelled Gun

Iraqi Republic/MEK (Circa 1988) Self-Propelled Gun – 1 Converted Forgotten in time The “T-55/130” is the unofficial name given to a very mysterious SPG that was photographed in Diyala, Iraq, 2007. According to a series of photos, it is simply a 130mm Type 59-1 field gun mounted on a T-55 chassis. However, the exact date…

Blindado model B.C.

Second Spanish Republic (1937-1939) Heavy Armored Car – Approximately 70-90 Built The Spanish BAI / BA-6 The AAC-1937 (Autometralladora blindado medio Chevrolet-1937), sometimes known as the “Chevrolet 6×4 1937”, was an armored car made by the Republican forces in Spain during the Civil War. It was, essentially, a copy BA-3/6 (although it closely resembles a…

T-46

Soviet Union (1933-1936) Light Tank – 4 Built + Prototypes The BT meets the T-26 The T-46 was an attempt to fix the low mobility of the T-26 by adapting the design to include the BT’s Christie suspension. However, there were many problems – with thin armor, huge production costs, and little overall benefits over…

ISU-122 & ISU-122S

Soviet Union (1944-1952?) Heavy Self-Propelled Gun – Estimated 2,410 Built An under-gunned ISU-152 The ISU-122 was a heavy self propelled gun, and de facto tank destroyer. The vehicle came to be because the Soviets were able to produce ISU-152 hulls faster than they could produce their 152 mm (6 in) ML-20S armament. Not wanting to…

Panzerkampfwagen 35R 731(f) mit T-26 Turm

German Reich (Estimated 1942-1944) Light Tank – At Least 1 Converted A mystery mismatch The R35/T-26 is an R35 chassis with a T-26 conical turret, with a near totally unknown origin. It is, unofficially, named the “Panzerkampfwagen 35R 731(f) mit T-26 Turm” for the purpose of this article, and for ease, R35/T-26 from hereon. There…

Antonov A-40

Soviet Union (1942) Flying Tank – 1 Prototype Built The Flying Tanks Concept The idea of having a tank which could fly was first seen around in the early 1930s with Walter Christie’s flying M1928 tank, but other designs were made during WW2. The UK (Baynes Bat, 1943), Japan (Special Number 3 Light Tank Ku-R0…

WZ-111

People’s Republic of China (1960-1965) Heavy Tank – 1 Chassis and 1 Turret Built A mysterious Chinese heavy tank Since being brought into the limelight by World of Tanks, the PRC’s heavy tank designs have become very popular. With sketchy information, and dubious recreations, it is often hard to tell fact from fiction. Many Chinese…

Beutespähwagen BA-10M mit 2 cm KwK 30 L/55

German Reich (Circa 1943) Armored Car – 1 Converted A little known conversion Large numbers of Soviet vehicles were captured by the Wehrmacht during the war, and were pressed back into service, generally in lesser roles such as artillery observation, munitions transport, and anti-partisan duties. Some even had conversions done to them – the most…

Walmington-on-Sea APC (Fictional Tank)

United Kingdom (1941) Improvised APC / Ambulance – 1 Built The armored might of the Home Guard When the Home Guard first began in 1940 (under the name ‘Local Defense Volunteers’), there was barely any provision of weapons due to the huge loss at Dunkirk forcing arms production to go directly to the main core…

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