The First Online Tank Museum
The French VAB (“Véhicule Blindé de l’Avant” or literally “Forward Armoured Vehicle” was the main Armoured Personal Carrier of the French Army in the cold war. Manufactured beyond 5,000 and wildly exported with a large array of variants in 4×4 and 6×6 configuration, it is now declined into modernized versions Mark II and III, partly replaced by the VBCI and pending full replacement in 2018 by the new VBMR. The VAB design has been influential for several other vehicles of the same category, like the American Textron M1117 ASV, Indonesian Pindad Panser or Chinese WZ551 among others.
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. Study the tactics developed by the Axis and Allies, how tanks evolved in the interwar, and have an overview of all AFVs developed before and during WW2.
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.