The First Online Tank Museum
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Featured: The Kangaroo were the first improvized armoured personal carriers of world war two. Unlike the many armoured wheeled vehicles already featured in this role, these were the first well-protected ones, able to carry troops together with tank wherever needed. The Canadians standardized the concept in Normandy, which was tried already at the latter stage of the North African campaign, winter of 1943. The idea will have some resonance after the war, and we can see its inheritance with the American series of FMC’s APCs and many others still in operation today.
An article by Matt Newton
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, and their first test in battle ever.
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.
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.
Since 1990, Armoured Fighting Vehicles underwent a number of significant changes. New classes of more versatile families of vehicles emerged, still topped by the main battle tanks. This is also an era of new vehicles tailored in response of the threats and challenges of an multi-polarized world and asymmetric warfare.
The Boys anti-tank rifle (1937).
The encyclopedia of antitank guns, rockets and missiles, or the never-ending competition between the shield and the sword. From the legendary German 88 mm, through the Boys rifle, PIAT, panzerfaust and bazooka, the 17-pdr, ZiS-2, or the more modern HOT.
Osorio EE T1 (1986)
It’s already hard to be part of the club of main battle tank manufacturers (not licence production nor assemblies of imported kits). Turkey entered it recently, but in South America only Argentina and Brazil were in. The T1 project started in 1982 as a privately funded venture by Engesa. A risky plan, justified then by the company’s own large exports successes of armoured cars, like the Jaracara and Cascavel. For the first time the company embarked in a much riskier and ambitious endeavour, with the production of a fully fledged national main battle tank. Only Bernardini (already responsible for the X1A1/A2 Stuart conversions in the 1980s produced the rival MB-3 Tamoyo the next year in 1983, but suffered the same fate.
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