The First Online Tank Museum
October 2015 tank of the month
Not technically a tank, but an armoured fighting vehicle that was quite influential: It changed the concept of wheeled APC/IFV around the world. The Swiss MOWAG AG was still a relatively unknown company in 1972 when it launched the Piranha, declined into the famous 8×8, and four types and five series until today. Ever heard of the Stryker, LAV-III, Patria, Rosomak, Boxer, Bumerang, Lazar, VBCI, NZLAV/ASLAV, Pandur, Panser, Grizzly, Coyote… ? They own their very existence to this vehicle, pushing the boundaries of flexibility like no other before. Now that asymmetric/guerrilla warfare is the norm, why risking a costly, one-sided MBT when you have such an alternative ?…
World War One was the deadly laboratory for many advances in warfare. The tanks were originally born as a way to deal with the deadly equation made up of trenches, barb wire and machine-guns. It was a way to make the long awaited breakthrough after nearly three years of a muddy, gruesome stalemate.
> Tanks Encyclopedia: The Great War
World War Two (1939-1945)
Never in history were so many tanks built and destroyed in large scale battles. From the steppes of Kursk to the burning sands of El Alamein, tanks made history. What were the tanks tactics developed by the Axis and Allies, how tanks evolved in the interwar, and a what were all World War Two tanks and armoured cars developed from 1939 to 1945.
> Tanks Encyclopedia: The Second World War
The Cold War (1947-90)
Although classified as a conventional weapon, the tank remains at the forefront of “hot” conflicts that developed during the cold war. A comprehensive overview of all Warsaw Pact and NATO tanks and armoured fighting vehicles of the cold war, and their tactical use throughout studies of conventional wars of this era.
> Tanks Encyclopedia: The Cold War
Since the end of the Cold War, Armoured Fighting Vehicles underwent a number of significant changes. The great armoured fleets of the past were gradually replaced by new classes of more varied, more versatile families of vehicles with on top of their game, the main battle tanks. A complete overview of tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles and the new threats and challenges they are facing.
> Tanks Encyclopedia: Today’s AFVs
Last entry: Soviet PTRD-41
The encyclopedia of antitank guns, or the never-ending competition between protection and weaponry (and ammunition). The legendary German 88 mm, the “Boys” rifle, the 17-pdr, ZiS-2, or the more modern Hellfire or Milan.
Illustration of the Week
Tank Illustration Tutorial…
Next date: 1st of October.
The Czech bug with a deadly bite