OQF 3.7″ AA on Ram Mounting

Dominion of Canada/United Kingdom (1942) Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft/Anti-Tank Gun – 1 Built A joint venture between Canada and Great Britain, the Tank, Cruiser, Ram, was an expedient means of creating a conventionally turreted tank on the bones of the American Medium Tank M3 Lee/Grant. In 1941, the long-term replacement for the M3 was still in development as…

Humber Hexonaut GS 6×6

United Kingdom (1942-1943) Semi-Amphibious Cargo Vehicle – 3 Prototypes Built The Hexonaut’s story began between 1942 and 1943. Operating in Burma (now Myanmar) during the Second World War, the British ‘Forgotten Army’ – the 14th Army – had as much of an enemy in the harsh terrain of the land as they did in the…

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…

British Testing of the Praga TNH-P 8-ton Tank in 1938

United Kingdom (1937) Light Tank – 1 Tested There was a remote possibility that the 1939 British Expeditionary Force (BEF), sent to defend Belgium and France, could have been issued with the same Czechoslovakian-designed tank the Germans equipped their panzer divisions with and used during their May 1940 Blitzkrieg attack. The German’s designation for this…

Arthur Janser’s 500-ton Battleship and Grasshopper Tanks

United Kingdom (1940) Land Battleship and Leaping Tank – None Built The United Kingdom declared war on Germany following its invasion of Poland in September 1939. When it did so, there was a sudden realization among many that the country was in yet another major war in Europe against the same enemy they had fought…

A.11E1, Infantry Tank, Matilda Prototype

United Kingdom (1934) Infantry Tank – 1 Prototype Built Of all the tanks in WW2 which may be derided or even mocked for being ‘ugly’ or useless, one which invariably makes the list is the British A.11 Matilda. This is partially the result of the overall poor showing of the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) in…

TOG Citadel

United Kingdom (1939) Heavy Tank – Concept Only Background The battlefields of the Western Front during WW1 were characterized by thick belts of barbed wire covered by machine-gun fire often from concrete bunkers, creating an area which was all but impassable to infantry. The ground, shattered by years of war and millions of rounds of…

Ansaldo Carro da 9t

Kingdom of Italy/United Kingdom (1929-1937) Breakthrough Tank – 1 Built Great Britain was the first nation to deploy tanks in war. The classic ‘quasi-rhomboid’-shaped tanks were first used on the fields of France in 1916. No history of those vehicles is complete without considering the important role of the Lincolnshire-based firm of William Foster and…

Gerrey Machine Gun Motor Vehicle

Commonwealth of Australia/United Kingdom (1939) AFV – None Built Budgong Gap may not be the sort of world-famous location associated with great architecture or magnificent structures of the ancient world. Nor is it a place with any association in the world of armored fighting vehicle manufacturers, yet this somewhat obscure location, lying nearly a 3-hour…

Smeaton Sochaczewski Carrier

United Kingdom/Republic of Poland (1944-1945) Armored Carrier – Design Only Poland had been crushed in WW2. Hitler had invaded Poland from the west on 1st September 1939, followed by a Soviet invasion from the east 16 days later. Despite dogged resistance, it was all futile and the country was split between the two ideologically opposing…

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