Morris-Martel Tankettes

United Kingdom (1925) Tankettes – 10 Built Sir Giffard Le Quesne Martel was arguably one of the most important men in early British tank development. During the First World War and in the immediate aftermath, he served in the Royal Engineers. During this period, he became heavily involved in the development of tanks and bridging….

Bechhold Tank

United States of America/United Kingdom/Kingdom of Belgium (1938-1941) Light Tank – 1 Partial Prototype Built Introduction Many people interested in tanks have likely heard the name Walter Christie and are aware that he produced several prototype tanks during the period between WW1 and WW2. Whilst his vehicles had some good features, overall they were not…

TOG 300G

United Kingdom (1939) Heavy Tank – None Built The precipitous plunge into a new major European land war against Germany in 1939 found the British utterly unprepared for the type of intense combat fought a generation earlier on much of the same ground in Northern France and Belgium. As Britain and France raced desperately to…

Johnson’s Light Tropical Tank

United Kingdom (1922) Light Tank – 1½ Built In 1919, an English man stepped off of a boat onto the soil of India. This was Colonel Philip Johnson, one of Britain’s few tank designers. Although Johnson would never design a tank that was accepted into service and had a habit of designing what he wanted,…

A.34* (Star), Cruiser Tank, Comet

United Kingdom (1945) Cruiser Tank – 1 Built The officially named ‘Tank, Cruiser, A.34, Comet I‘, is widely regarded as the finest tank produced in Britain to see combat in the Second World War. Carrying the 77mm HV (High Velocity) main gun in, basically, an improved Cromwell (A.24) chassis, the tank combined mobility with firepower….

A.38, Infantry Tank, Valiant

United Kingdom (1943) Infantry Tank – 1 Prototype Built The A.38 Infantry Tank, codenamed as ‘Valiant’. Much has been said about this widely maligned British tank design, perhaps too much when one stops to look at the vehicle and its very short lived story. Reports of unsettling injuries to crewmen, horrendous shot traps, and poor…

Kahn’s Obstacle Ball / Rolling Fortress ‘Tank’

United Kingdom/Republic of Poland/Mandatory Palestine (1941) Moving Fortress – Sketches Only Kahn’s Obstacle Ball or Rolling Fortress tank, a giant concrete ball-shaped tank, comes from the unlikely source of Mandatory Palestine. Mandatory Palestine is, perhaps, not the first place which comes to mind when considering military inventions, but what it did have was a large…

Vickers No.1 & No.2 Tanks

United Kingdom (1921) Tank – 2 Prototypes Built In early 1921, the British government’s Tank Board and its General staff representative Colonel John Frederick Charles Fuller were considering their next tank design. The result of their deliberations resulted in a set of very loose requirements. These requirements stated that this new tank would need to…

Churchill Mk.III with ‘Ardeer Aggie’ Mortar

United Kingdom (1943) Engineering Vehicle – 1 Prototype Built In 1942, development of an armoured vehicle for use by the Royal Engineers (RE) began. This was the famous Churchill AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers), which was armed with a 230mm Spigot mortar. This mortar, known as the ‘Petard’ (a 16th-century word of French origin describing…

Praying Mantis

United Kingdom (1937-1944) Experimental Machine Gun Carrier – 2 Prototypes Built The Praying Mantis was an experimental machine gun carrier designed by a private developer for the British Army during the Second World War. It is in competition with the Kugelpanzer as one of the strangest armored vehicle designs ever produced. It could be said…

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