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…

40RBL78 MA Field Gun

United Kingdom (1940) Self-Propelled Gun – 1 Prototype Built Why did this project exist? In the very early stages of WW2, there were many good, and probably more not-so-good-but-well-meaning ideas to bolster the British war effort against the Nazis. The War had not gone well for Great Britain up to that point, the entire British…

A.33, Assault Tank “Excelsior”

United Kingdom (1943) Assault Tank – 2 Built Earlier projects As early as 1941, there were concerns about the A.22 Churchill tank. Its performance had been unsatisfactory, due mostly to its mechanical unreliability and poor speed. This lead to several mock-ups and designs, which were part of a project known as the “Cromwell Rationalization Programme”….

A.39, Heavy Assault Tank, Tortoise

United Kingdom (1944) Superheavy Assault Tank – 6 Built Expecting the battlefields of World War 2 to develop as they had done in the previous great war, British tank designers set about designing a tank that could breach any fortification the enemy may erect, and shrug off incoming defensive fire. Previous studies had lead to…

A.43, Infantry Tank, Black Prince

United Kingdom (1943-1945) Infantry Tank – 6 Prototypes Built This “Super Churchill” marked the end of the British ‘Infantry tank’ era. An era that started on a rather weak footing 5 years prior in the shape of A.11 Matilda I. It continued with the A.12 Matilda II and the Valentine, before culminating in the A.22…

Heavy/Assault Tank T14

United States of America/United Kingdom (1942) Experimental Heavy/Assault Tank – 2 Built At the meeting of the Joint British Tank Mission and United States Tank Committee in early 1942, the question of designing a medium heavy tank or assault tank was discussed. It was stated that the US had no requirement for such a vehicle,…

Vickers Amphibious Light Tank L1E3

United Kingdom (1935) Amphibious Light Tank – 1 Built Vickers third swimming tank design In 1939 Vickers designed an amphibious light tank based in their Mk.IV light tank to help the Army establish a bridgehead on the other side of a river when the normal crossing point had been blown up by the enemy. It…

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