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From mud, barb wire and trenches

WW1 UK and France started development of tanks in order to save the lives of their soldiers. The first idea was to bring them right in eney trenches across the no man's land, but the tank quickly became a killing machine integrated in combined arms operations.

The armour golden age

Never so many tanks had the occasion to fight. From the Jungles of Guadalcanal to the arid desert of Libya, the icy and windy steppes of Russia and the rainy bocage of Normandy. Tanks with infantry.

Modern Armoured Fighting Vehicles

It takes two diametrally opposed superpowers to make a cold war. The USA and USSR, together with their own alliances, forged a new generation of armoured vehicles learning as it went from numerous proxy wars.

Tanks are alive and cicking !

AFV means "Armored Fighting Vehicles". First of an array of acronyms such as MBT, IFV, APC, SPAAG, SPAAML, SPG, SPH, SPRL, ARV, AVLB well known by the military of all nations today. Part of the professional army parlance today.

New Entry 28/11/2020: The HQ-7B (FM-90) 6x6 TELAR (2009)

The HQ-7 (For "Hongqi"-7 (hóng qí) meaning "red flag" or "red banner"), is the name of a ground-to-air AA short range missile developed in China from the French R-440 Crotale ("Rattlesnake") missile system. First developed with a 4x4 P20 carrier in the 1980s, it was further refined as the HQ-7A (1998) and then HQ-7B, carried by a new 6x6 vehicle, and exported as the FM-90. In 2009 the HQ-7B was deployed by the PLA in batteries of four HQ-7B vehicles, one with acquisition radar and three TELAR vehicles supported by a maintenance group with 10 support vehicles..
25/11/2020: Arisgator

David's Tank Encyclopedia

7,000,000 visitors and counting since 2011


2011 website

Tank Encyclopedia started quietly as a SEO experiment by me with a scratch-built php website, well coded and lightning fast. The tank subject a that time was covered by already a dozen of websites, but there was room for a different concept. Being both an illustrator and webmaster specialist by trade was a gift for technical and aesthetic aspects, less so for the content itself, not being a tank nerd or native speaker. The team quickly took care of that and brought quality to a whole new level. The initial challenge was completed as in three years as the website's pages arrived on top of google, just behind wikipedia. It could have stopped there. But this story is obviously not over. The goal is still to cover ALL models, and in the long run, military vehicles at large.

Legendary Illustrations

Unrivalled Details

2000+ dedicated illustrations has been made since at least 2009, one of the most proficient collection of that genre on the planet. What makes them so special is the use of photorealitic patterns and elements on photoshop and a method that allow reuse of elements and "mass production". The aim of each page is to bring to modellers all possible references of sub-types and variants deduced from photos and references, with accuracy in mind, and a constant quality and style for easy comparison.
Did your knew military cars and trucks, TELs and other vehicles than tanks were covered ? Discover the military vehicle section

For Modellers


There was no particular angle taken by the author on tank encyclopedia, at first less for historians/nerds and more for modellers. These illustrations made their way in edition, from National geographic, to the World @ war series, Pen & sword, Amber books, and many other publishers, as well as in video and table games. But hold on, the final reference book for modellers is currently on the works. Schedule will depend of the current events (COVID curfew). This book will present perhaps three thousand color references for all armoured vehicles from WWI to this day, covering all nations. The absolute bible on this matter.

E-BOOK: Tank Encyclopedia's catalog

Catalog - Tank Encyclopedia by David Bocquelet on Scribd

Enjoy the 2017 edition. A much larger 2020 edition is brewing, coming in December...
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