Archives WW1 & interwarJunovicz * Romfell
Charron * Peugeot * Renault M1915 * Renault M1914 * White * St Chamond * Schneider CA
Austin AC * Gun Carrier Mk.I * Lanchester AC * Little Willie * Pierce Arrow * Rolls Royce AC * Tank Mark II * Tank Mark III * Tank Mark IV * Tank Mark V * Tank Mark IX
Bussing Nag A5P * Ehrhardt Ev4 * Sturmanzerwagen A7V
Fiat-Terni * Lancia IZM
AW 1913 * Austin Kegresse * Austin Putilov * Mgebrov ACs * Mgebrov Renault * Poplavko Jeffery * Putilov Garford * Russo-Balt * Izhorski-Fiat
Mark VIII Liberty * Holt Gas Electric Tank * Jeffery AC * White AC
Archives WW2Nahuel DL.43
Dingo SC * Rover AC * AC-1 Sentinel
T13 * T15
Sexton * Otter * Ram * Kangaroo * Ram * Windsor Carrier
AH-IV * LT vz34 * LT vz35 * LT vz38 * Skoda Fiat Torino * PA-2 Zelva * CKD THN (Lt vz.38)
Panhard 179 * Renault D1 * Renault D2 * FMC-36 * Renault AMC-35 * Somua S35 * Laffly S15-W15 * Panhard AMD-178 * Panhard 165 * Renault AMR-33 * Renault AMR-35 * Renault AMC-35 * Renault NC27 * Renault UE * Schneider P16 * Laffly AMD-50 * Laffly AMD-80
Czaba * Nimrod * Zrinyi * Toldi * Turan
AB41-43 * L6/40 * AS-42 * AS.43 * M13/40 * M14/41 * L3/35 * L3/38 * M15/42 * M16/43 * Fiat 3000 * Sem. 105/25 * Sem. 47/32 * Sem. 75/18 * Sem. 75/34 * Sem. 75/46 * Sem. 90/43 * Sem. 149/40 M42 * Sem. L3 da 47/32 * Breda 61 * FIAT 665 NM protetto * Dovunque SPA-35 blindado
Type 95 Ha-Go * Type 1 Ho-Ni I * Type 1 Ho-Ni II * Type 2 Ka-Mi * Type 3 Chi-Nu * Type 3 Ho-Ni III * Type 4 Chi-To * Type 5 Chi-Ri * Type 89 I-Go * Type 92 Jyu Sokosha * Type 92 Kokusan * Type 94 Te Ke * Type 97 Te Ke * Type 98 Ke Ni * Type 2 Ke To * Type 93 Sumida * Type 94 Lorry * Type 92 Osaka * Type 1 Chi-He * Type 5 To-Ku *
Panzer III * Jagdtiger Tiger Ausf B * Panzer VI Tiger I * ADGZ * Marder-I * Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer * Sdkfz-231 6-rad * Sfkfz-4 Panzerwerfer * Grille * Flakpanzer I * Wespe * SdKfz.247 * SdKfz.263Projects & prototypes * Maus * Landwasserschlepper * SdKfz.254 * Bunkerflak * Bergepanzer III * Bergepanzer IV * Bergepanther * Bergetiger * Bergepanzer 38(t) * Bergepanzer T-34 * Landwasserschlepper II * Wurfrahmen 40 * Karl-Gerät * StuH 42 * StuIG 33B * Goliath * Springer * Borgward IV * VK 20 series * VK 4502 (P) * Gep. MTW Kätzchen * Enwicklung series
German Vehicles section
VW Kübelwagen * VW Schwimmwagen * Kettenkrad SdKfz.2 * SdKfz.3 Maultier * SdKfz.6 * SdKfz.6/2 FLAK 37 * SdKfz.6/3 FK36 * Sd.Kfz.7 * Sd.Kfz.7/1 FV38 * Sd.Kfz. 7/2 FLAK 36 * Feuerleitpanzer auf Zugkraftwagen 8t * SdKfz.8 * SdKfz.8 * Sd.Kfz.9/1 ARV * 8.8 cm Flak 18 auf SdKfz.8 * SdKfz.10 * SdKfz.10/4-10/5 FLAK 30 * SdKfz.10 PAK-36/38 * SdKfz.11 * Somua MCG (S307(f)) * Somua MCL (S303(f)) * Unic TU1 U305(f)
Braat Overvalwagen * Pantserwagen M39
7TP * TK3 * Wz.29 * Wz.34 * W.28 * C7P Tractor * The charge at Kronjanty (cav vs tank myth)
Tacam R2 * Tacam T60 * T1 Tractor
Marmon Herrington II * Marmon Herrington III
Stridsvagn L60 * Pansarbil M39 * Stridsvagn M21 * Stridsvagn M41 * Terrangbil M42
A32 * BA-11 * BA-20 * BA-27 * BA-6 * BA-64 * BAI-M * BT-2 * BT-5 * FAI * KV-1 * SU-100 * SU-122 * SU-152 * SU-76 * SU-85 * T-18 * T-27 * T-28 * T-37A * T-38 * T-50 * T-60 * T-80 * BT-7a * STZ-5 Tractor
Cruiser II * Cruiser III * Cruiser IV * Covenanter * Cavalier * Centaur * AEC * Crusader * Dingo * Humber AC * Lanchester 6x4 * Light Mk.I * Matilda I * Morris CS9 * Morris scout car * Vickers Mark E * Light IV * Light V * Light VI * Harry Hopkins * A1E1 Independent * A30 Challenger * A30 Avenger * Bishop * Archer * Matilda II (old) * Churchill (old) * TOG-I (prototype) * Staghound Tulip * AEC 4x4 ACV Dorchester * Leyland Beaver-Eel * Loyd Carrier
DUKW * M2 Halftrack * LVT-1 * LVT-2 * LVT-3 * LVT-4 * LVT(A)1 * M1 AC * M1 Light Tank * M2 light tank * M2 Medium Tank * M3 scout car * M6 GMC * M6A1 Heavy Tank * M7 Priest * M7 Medium * M8 Scott * T23 Tank * Willys Jeep * Ford GPA * M20 Scout Car * M39 AUV * M37 HMC * M19 MGMC * M12 155mm HMC * M40 155mm HMC * T17 CPV * M13 GMC * M25 Dragon Wagon * M38 Wolfhound * M43 HMC * M15 CGMC * T17 Deerhound * T17E1 Staghound * T18 Boarhound * T19 HMC * T-28 SHT * M33 Prime Mover * M34 Prime Mover * M35 Prime Mover * T-20 Medium * M4 Tractor * M5 Tractor * M6 High Speed Tractor * M15 Combination Gun Motor Carriage * M43 HMC * T92 HMC
Archives cold warVCTP
Saurer 4K4FA * Sk-105 Kürassier * Pandur I * Pandur II
Bernardini X1A * E-11 Urutu * EE-3 jararaca * EE-9 cascavel * Osorio EE T1
AVGP Cougar * AVGP Grizzly * AVGP Husky * M113 CV Lynx
Type 59 MBTk * Type 62 Light Tank * Type 63 APC * Type 63 Light Tank * Type 69/79 MBT * Type 77 APC * Type 80/88 MBT * Type 85 AFV * Type 85 MBT * Type 90-II MBT * Type 86 IFV * Type 89 TD * HQ-7/FM-80 P20 TELAR * PHZ-89/Type 89 MRLS * PLZ-82/83 * Type 83 SPH * ZSD-89-II * Type 70 SPH * PHL-81/90 MRL * PGZ-88 * Type 80 SPAAG * Type 85 SPAAG * Type 73 ARV * Type 59 HIFV * Type 84 AVLB
* AM 50 AVLB * SpGH Dana * M53/24 Praga * D-442 FUG * OT-62 TOPAS * OT-64 * VT-55A
ARL-44 * AMX-50 * AMX-VCI * F3 155mm * Panhard AML * Panhard EBR * Panhard M3 * Panhard ECR-90 * Renault VBC-90 * AMX-13 DCA * AMX-30 Roland * AMX-10P * AMX VCI * VAB * Panhard VCR * P4R/Crotale
Marder IFV * KjgPz-90 * Leopard 1 * Leopard 2 * RktJpz-1 * RktJpz-2 * Spz Lang * Tpz Fuchs * Wiesel * Spz Kurz * FlaRakPz Rolan SPAAML * RktJpz-3 Jaguar 1 * RktJpz-4 Jaguar 2 * Spähpanzer Luchs * Panzermörser M 113 A1 G * KMW Daks AEV * KMW Biber AVLB * KMW Büffel ARV * KMW Keiler MCV
M51 * Achzarit * Isherman * Magach * Merkava * Sho't * Merkava I * Merkava II * M60T Sabra
Vijayanta * Ajeya * T-55 Kartik ABL * MT-55KS AVLB * Catapult SPA
OF-40 * SIDAM-25 * VCC-1 * Fiat 6614
Type 60 APC * Type 61 Tank * Type 74 Tank * Type 73 APC * Type 87 AFV * Komatsu Type 82 CV/CRV * Hitachi Type 87 ASV * Type 78 ARV * Type 73 Tractor * Type 73 Light Truck * SX 60 * SV 60 *
YPR-765 * YP-408
Chonma-Ho * Kok'San * PT-85 Sin'hung * VTT-323 * M1981 SPG * M1975 SPG * M1974 SPG * Tok'Chon 122mm SPG *
T-72P Jaguar * OT-64 Skot * OT-62
CM-11 Brave Tiger * CM-12 * M-41D * M-41D * CM-21 APC * CM-23 AMC * CM-26 ACP
MLI-84 * TAB-71 * TABC-79 * TR-77 * TR-580 * TAB B33 Zimbru * MLVM * DMT-85M1 * TER TR-85 * LAROM
K1 88 * K200 * KM-900 * M48A3K * M48A5K * K1 (M113) * K1 AVLB * K1 ARV
Olifant Mark I * Valkiri MRAP * ESR220 Thutlwa * Armoured Samil 100 6×6 truck * Samil Kwevoel
Rhodesian Vehicles: Crocodile MPV * Rodef 4.5/7.5 MPV * Rodef MPCV * Rhino/Tusker MPV * Leopard MPV * Pookie MPV * Cougar MPV * Ojay/Kudu MPV * Selous Scout MAP TCV * Selous Scout 4.5 Map Cab * Scorpion MPMC * Selous Scout ACV * Selous Scout Pig * Selous Scout Hot Lips * Selous Scout Bullet
Ikv-91 * Psbil-301 * Psbil-302 * Stvr-103 * Stvr-104 * Landsverk Unimog
Piranha * Roland * Wotan * Pz 61 * Pz 68 * Mowag Shark * FgbwrPz 68 * Mowag Spy * Mowag Puma * Mowag Grenadier * Mowag 3M1 * Mowag Pirat * Mowag Trojan * Mowag Tornado * SchtznPz 63 * Mowag Eagle * M109 Kawest * Duro III * Entpannungspanzer 65 * Brückenpanzer 68 * Panzerkanone 68 * Zielfahrzeug 68 * Saurer Tartaruga
SU-122/54 * 2S7 Pion * 2S1 Gvozdika * ASU-85 * MT-LB * IS-4 * ASU-57 * BMD-1 * BMD-2 * BMP-1 * BMP-2 * BMP-3 * BRDM-1 * BRDM-2 * BTR-152 * BTR-40 * BTR-50 * BTR-60 * BTR-70 * BTR-80 * PT-76 * T-10 * 9P148 Konkurs * OTR-21 Tochka * PTS-10 * 2K12 Kub-M2 * 2S9 Nona * BTR-D * TOS-A Buratino * 2S3 Akatsyia * * 2S4 Tuylpan * 2S5 Giatsin * 2A3 Condensator * ZSU-57-2 * ZSU-23.4 Shilka * 2K2 Tunguska * AT-L * ATS-59 * AT-S * AT-T
Saladin * Saracen * Challenger I * Ferret * Scorpion * Striker * Scimitar * Conqueror * Charioteer * Hornet Malkara * Pig * Warrior * FV430 APC * FV103 Spartan * FV104 Samaritan * FV105 Sultan * Snow Trac
M2 Bradley * Humvee * LAV-25 Stryker * M47 Patton * CGC M706 * LVTP-5 * LVTP-6 * LVTP-7 * M103 Tank * M107 SPG * M270 MLRS * M42 Duster * M46 patton * M551 Sheridan * M59 APC * M75 APC * Stingray * T71 (prototype) * M44 APC * M3 Bradley * M730 * M667 * M752 * M44 APC * M53 SPG/M55 SPH * M52 SPH * M107 SPH * M110 SPH * LARC-LX * LARC-V * LARC-XV * M8 Tractor *
BVP M80 * BOV-M * LOV-1 * BOV-3 SPAAG * M84 * M-84AI
Archives 1990-2020Leopard 2C * Coyote
BJ-2020 * Type 96 * PZL-05 * Type 99 * Type 99A * ZTQ-15 (Type 15) * VT-4 MBT * VT-2 MBT * WZ551 * ZBD-09 * ZBD-2000 * ZBD-04 * ZBL-08 APC * QSL-92 AT * ZBD-03ZTL-11 * PLL-09 * Type 09 AARV * Type 07P * ZBD-04A AT * GZM * FM-90/HQ-7B * * PLZ-07 SPH * PLZ-09 SPHPLL-05 SPH * * W90 SPG * * SR-5 MRL * PHZ-11 MRL * PHL-03 MRL * Hongyan OQ261 * PGZ-09 * PGZ-95 * Type 92 Yitian * LD-2000 SPAAG * SA-2 75mm SPAAG * BK1060 35mm SPAAG * CS/SA-1 SPAAG * Type 09 AARV * CSK-131 * CSK-141 * YJ2080 * CSK-181 * CS/VP4 * 8M 4x4 * CS/VP3 * CS/VN3 * CS/VN3 * ZFB-05 * GQL-111 AVLB * GCZ-110 ARV * Type 653 ARV * Type 59G MBT * QN-506 *
Fahd 240 * Kader Walid * Ramses II
Leclerc * VBL * VBCI * Sherpa 3 * Leclerc DCL * AMX-30D * AMX-30EBG * PVP * VBMR Griffon * EBRC Jaguar * Nexter Aravis * Caesar
LGS Fennek * LMW Pzhbtz-2000 * Puma IFV * GTK Boxer * KMW Dingo * KMW Leguan AVKB * LAPV Enok * AGF Serval * Mungo ESK * Duro Yak
Marksman * T-90 Bhishma * Arjun MBT * T-72 BLT * AERV * WZT-3M * VT-72B ARV * Arjun ARRV * Aditya MPV * Hydrema MCV * T-72 FWMP * BMP-2 Sarath * Tarmour AFV * Abhay IFV * TATA Kestrel * Mahindra ALSV * Mahindra Straton Plus * Mahindra Straton Plus * Mahindra Straton Plus * CMT * ICV * ICV * DRDO ambutank * VRDE NBCRV * Force Gurkha 4x4 * Tata Motors LAMV * Mahindra ALSV * Kalyani Group M4 * K9 Vajra-T * Pinaka MBRL
Safir 74 * Tiam * Zulfiqar * Sayyad * Mobarez * T-72 Khorrhamshahr * T-72S * Karrar * Boragh IFV * Raad 1 SPH * Raad 2f SPH * *
Asad Babil * Al Fao SPG
Ariete* Centauro * Dardo* Puma * Arisgator * Freccia * OTO M113A1 * OTO M106 * Iveco Orso * Iveco VM90 * Iveco VTLM Lince * OTO Bergepanzer * OTO Pionierpanzer * OTO Biber AVLB
Type 89 * Type 90 Kyu Maru * Type 96 APC * Komatsu NBCRV * Komatsu LAV * Type 92 MCV * Hitachi Type 99 ASV * Type 19 155 mm WSPH * Type 99 155 mm SPH * M110 SPH * Type 96 120 mm SPM * Type 11 ARV * Type 90 ARV * * Type 91 AVLB * Toyota HMV
Pok'pung-Ho * Songun-Ho 915 * M1974 SPG * M1991 SPG * 170 mm recoiless SPG * M2010 8x8 Chunma-D * M2010 6x6 APC * M1992 APC * KN-09 MLRS * M1993/RM-70 MLRS * M1985 SPAAG * M2010 AAV * M1992/130 * M1992/120 * * M1991 SPAAG * S75/125 carrier truck * KN-09 SPG
Al Khalid * Al Zarrar * HIT Mohafiz * Talha APC * Saad APC * Dragoon 2 APC * Sakb * Maaz * Yasoob 4x4
PT-91 Twardy * KT Rosomak
BMD-3 * 9P149 Shturm * 9P163M-1 Kornet * 9P157-2 Khrizantema * T-14 Armata * 2S25 Sprut * BTRM-D * 2S31 Vena * BMP-1M Shkval * BMP-2M * * Kamaz Typhoon * VP7829 Bumerang * Kurganetz-25 * T-15 Armata * BTR-82 * BMO-T * 2S34 Chosta * 2S19 M1 * 2S35 Koalitsiya * 2S7M Malka * Kamaz Bulat * URAL Typhoon * BMP-97 * BM-30 Smerch * BM-27 "Uragan" * BM-21 "Grad" * S-300V1 * Tor Missile System * 9K37 Buk * 9K33 Osa * 9K31 Strela-1 * BREM-1 * BREM-2 * BTS-5 * BAT-2 * IMR * IMR-2 * IRM "Zhuk" * MTU-72 * MTU-20 * MT-55 * MTU-12 * GSP-55 * UR-77 * BMR-1 * GMZ-1 * MDK-3 * MDK-2M * MTL-Bu * ARK-1 * SNAR-10 * 9S80 "Dog Ear"
AMX-30 Shahine * Al-Fahd APC
Lazar 3 * Nora B-52
K2 Black Panther * K-SAM * K21 IFV * K9 Thunder * KW1 Scorpion * TM-170 * K151 4x4 * KM9 ACE * K21 ARV
Paramount Marauder * Mamba APC
ACV-15 * Cobra * Altay * Leopard 1A3TR * Leopard 2A4TR * M60T Sabra * M48A5T * M113A2T * FNSS PARS * BMC Kirpi * BMC Vuran * Katmerciler HIZIR * Otokar Akrep * Nurol Ejder * FNSS Kaplan * FNSS Zaha * T-155 Fırtına * M48A5T5 Tamay * TOSUN * SYHK * MPG M4K * MKEK POYRAZ * Engerek 4x4 * Anadolu ISUZU Seyit
BAE AS-90 * Challenger 2 * Ajax * FV430 Mk.3 Bulldog * Mastiff * Ridgeback * Wolfhound * Jackal * Coyote * Foxhound * Husky * RWMIK Land Rover * BAE Stormer * Trojan * Titan * CRARRV * Terrier * Alvis Unipower
T-84 * BM bulat * BTR-94 * BM-Oplot * BMM-45 * BTR-4KSh * BTR-4E Butsefal * BMM-70 Kovchev * BMP-1U * Dozor-M * BTR-3 * Kozak-2 * KrAZ Shrek * KrAZ Spartan * Novator * 2S22 "Bohdana" * BREM-4K * BREM-84 "Atlet" * 1АР1 "Polozhennya-2"
Buffalo MRAP * EIFV * Oshkosh M-ATV * M1126 Stryker * M1128 MGS * Cougar MRAP * M1117 ASV Guardian * Navistar Maxx Pro * Oshkosh LAT-V * AM General BRV-O * BAE Caiman * M109A6 Paladin * M142 SPAAML * C-RAM * AN/TWQ-1 Avenger * MIM-104 * HEMTT * M1200 Armored Knight * Light Strike Vehicle * XM-2001 Crusader
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New Entry 25.02.2021: DAF YP 408 (1975)The DAF YP-408 started as a Royal armoured transporter of the Dutch household guards in case of impending atomic war. From a sturdy 4x6 truck chassis by DAF, its was transformed into a 6x8 APC. From this base, with over 800 manufactured, about eight main variants and six sub-variants of this vehicle was produced and used by the Dutch Army in Suriname and Lebanon, and also used by Portugal, Chile and Suriname.
New Trucks Entry 22.02.2021: Ford Marmon Herrington artillery tractor (1936)
The T9 was the main prototype for the 2/M3 half track car of ww2. It was also called in Canadian service the Ford Marmon Herrington tractor, where it was sed by artillery units. Forgotten today, this is the development leading from the acquisition of the Kégresse pattern in 1931 to the M2/M3 half track cars. This is the story of the American half tracks produced by several companies, notably Cunningham, White, Ford, Linn, and GMC.
New Entry 19.02.2021: PHZ-89 (1989)
The type 89 was developed from 1985 to 1989 as the Chinese premier (Self-Propelled) Multiple Rocket launcher System (MRLS), approved in 1989 but entering service in 1990 so it's as much a modern vehicle than a cold war one.
New Entry 14.02.2021: The GMC CCKW Truck (GMC 353/352)
The GMC (General Motors Corp.) CCKW was the most produced truck of WW2 with some 572,000 vehicles and the second most prolific after the Ford GP (The Jeep). It was declined in many types, including the amphibious DUKW, but the most common version by far was the GMC 353. Reliable and dependable beast of burden known also as the 2-1/2 ton 6x6 truck was the classic offroad-capable multi-use medium truck of WW2, the cornerstone of the red ball express which supplied allied armies from Normandy to Bavaria, and was still active in the US national guard in the 1980s (Military Trucks section)
New Entry 10.02.2021: The SdKfz 254 (1936)
Started as a German Experiment, later copied in Austria, and took over after the Anschluss in 1939... by the Germans, the vehicle known as the Saurer RR-7 was quite unique, as the unique wheel-cum track vehicle in service with the Wehrmacht during the war. Under German supervision it was armoured, armed, and a handful were produced, around 170, used as artillery tractors and artillery observation vehicle in north africa and Russia under the waffenamt designation Sd.Kfz.254.
New Entry 06.02.2021: The 2K12 Kub (SA-6 "Gainful" Carrier)
The 2K12 "Kub" was the main tracked armoured carrier for the medium-range anti-aircraft ground-to-air missile SA-6 (NATO codename "Gainful"). In service from 1967, it has been designed by NIIP/Vympel and MMZ (GM chassis) and manufactured by the Ulyanovsk Mechanical Plant unti 1985 to around 500 vehicles, and declined into the 2K12 Kub, 2K12E Kvadrat (export version), 2K12M3, 2K12M4, exported 33 countries, and seeing action in a dozen conflicts, still in service today.
New Entry 30.01.2021: The M60 Sabra (1993)
The M60T Sabra was an Israeli radical modernization of the M60T, which was the already modified Turkish version of the M60 Patton Main Battle Tanks, of which thousands have been delivered to the Turkish armed forces since the 1980s. The M60T Sabra is derived from the Magach 7 and numerous Israeli versions of the M60 Tank. It has been produced to around 300 vehicles, deployed notably in Syria and Libya among others.
New Entry 26.01.2021: The Landsverk Unimog (1955-58)
The Landsverk Unimog resulted from the marriage of the Unimog SH chassis developed by the company (since 1951 part of Mercedes-Benz), with an armoured body made by Landsverk, developed betwen 1955 and 1957 and manufactured to around 24 vehicles and four prototypes, sold to the Belgians which deployed them in congo in the 1960s, also used there by Ethiopîan troops under UN mandate, and the remainder by irish forces. However the vehicle was slow, underpowered and dangerously overloaded, and it was scrapped in the 1980s. Nine variants, tried or on paper were developed but the technical alliance never went beyond.
New Entry 22.01.2021: The BMD-2 (1985)
The Soviet BMD-2 was the second IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) developed specifically for the paratroopers. It was basically a modernized BMD-1, according to the lessons of Afghanistan, made to operate in such theater of operations. However the collapse of USSR meant the BMD-2, which development started in 1981 had a production run at Volgograd Tractor Plant of about 2,500 vehicles, stopped in 1991. It was modernized since, an the version M is intended to upgrade all vehicles, of which around 850 are in service today, for 1,500 in reserve and a few in Ukraine. They saw action in several conflicts but are now superseded by the larger BMD-3 and are to be replaced by the BMD-4 in the 2020s.
New Entry 18.01.2021: The Type 90-II MTB
The Chinese PLA Type 90 Main Battle Tank represented an evolutionary step, proceeded from the T-85, which in turn was a Chinese copy of the T-72. But if the Type 90 shared most of its components with the Type 85, the turret was heavily modified to house a brand new 125 mm smothbore autoloaded main gun. Known in its variant II, derived from the Type 85-IIM, it also introduced ERA semi-active protection. The Type 90-II was refused for production by the PRC but its development went on for export solely, leading to the VT-1 and Al-Khalid, for which 550 had been built for six customers.
New Entry 15.01.2021: The SU-122/54
The Soviet SU-122/54 was a tank hunter developed in 1948-1954 with many delays, on the ever changing basis of the T-54 medium tank, to carry the 122 mm D49 tank gun, and to perform the role of US/British heavy tank destroyer. The gap bewteen the first three roadwheels made some NATO experts believed it was base don the T-62 chassis. Since priorities changes however during production, it was cut to just 77 vehicles, and their service lasted until the 1970s.
The Land Rover is one of the most iconic British vehicle of the post-war period, created at first to save Rover from banckrupcy in very difficult context, and met such a success it became its own brand in time. The military was quick to be interested in this rugged 4x4 vehicle able to carry seven men in a short space. The vehicle and all its series and variants were widely exported through a production spanning from 1948 to the 1980s, before the Defender took over. It was also produced in Australia, Belgium (Minerva), Spain (Santana) and declined into the armoured Shorland, also widely exported as a security vehicle. This is the first post of the Trucks section.
The Italian VBM Freccia ("VBM" roughly translates into "Infantry Fighting Vehicle" is today's standard Italian 8x8 modular infantry fighting vehicle, developed from the Centauro wheeled tank and used as an APC, IFV, mortar carrier, ampbulance and recovery vehicle, with also an NBC reconnaissance variant. Introduced in 2006, it is currently ending its production, pending replacement by the new Freccia EVO developed from the Centauro II wheeled tank, by the Iveco-Oto-Melara Consortium (CIO).
New Entry 24.12.2020: The Ford GPA ("SEEP") (1941)
The Ford GPA was the result of an US Army Ordnance specification for the "QMC-4 1/4 Ton Truck Light Amphibian", via the Motor Transport Board, an amphibious Jeep. Ford was chosen to produce about 12,000 vehicles as its "Government ('G') Amphibious, 80-inch wheelbase ('P')" or "GPA". But in service the "Seep" was never popular and its production was quickly terminated, although the numerous lend-lease vehicles given to the Soviets inspired a cold war equivalent, the GAZ 46 MAV.
New Entry 20.12.2020: The M35 Prime Mover
The "Fully Tracked Prime Mover, M35" was created by the US Ordnance as a stopgap measure before the fast tractor M6 was available. The M33 and M34 declared "substitute standard" were converted from the M32 and 33 ARV, derived from the M3 Lee and M4 Sherman, but the now obsolete M10 was requisitioned to be converted as tracked prime movers, artillery tractors for the M1 Howitzer and M1 8-inch gun "Long Tom". They soldiered on in Italy and Northern Europe until it was retired, including in an enclosed cabin version.
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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
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.
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