Tanks, trucks & Firepower

The late August bank holiday is a popular date for shows up and down the country, with intense competition between show organisers, but one of my favourite events on the calendar in recent years is relatively new in terms of military vehicle shows — Tanks, Trucks & Firepower. The event is a joint venture between Andrew Baker, owner of the land on which the show is held in the rural setting of a farm just outside Dunchurch near Rugby, and the local Birmingham and West Midlands branch of the Military Vehicle Trust, which helps attract many of the vehicles that

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In October 1916, only one month after the world’s first tanks had gone into battle for the very first time, its creators were in London at a specially convened meeting to discuss the future of tank warfare. They were absolutely confident that the new heavy rhomboid Mk I tanks would soon break the deadlock of the trenches and get the war on the move again, but what would happen then? The Mk I and most other heavy Great War British tanks had a maximum speed of just 4 mph on good ground and considerably less when the going was rough.

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Evolution of the breed

When the P-51 first took to the air, no one could know that it would have such far-reaching effects in nearly every theater of combat. Simultaneously, nobody foresaw that the initial disappointment in its performance, when measured against its peers, would turn into near-elation as the concept became a world beater. The Mustang’s evolution began with a cutting-edge airframe mated to a marginal engine, which was then replaced with one of the finest powerplants ever. The original design’s limited range was expanded with more internal fuel and drop tanks that made all the difference as a bomber escort. Armament also

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Argentine Shermans

With the end of WW2 in Europe there were large stocks of surplus vehicles, originally provided by the US to her allies under the ‘lend lease’ programme, which left vast quantities of surplus vehicles to be sold off at low prices. Many countries took advantage of this and purchased large quantities of equipment, and Argentina was amongst the countries to purchase surplus vehicles.

At the time Argentina was seeking a more modern tank for it’s Army, who had just 12 locally-built DL-43 Nahuel (similar to the M4 Sherman) and small numbers of Vickers Carden Lloyd Mk.l light tanks in service

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Argentine Nahuel

Santiago Rivas describes the Nahuel DL 43, the first Latin American tank

The DL 43 was the first tank to be designed and built in Latin America, and despite only serving briefly with the Argentine Army, they were the beginning of what would later become one of the most important tank forces in the region. As with all Latin American countries, the beginning of the use of the tank in Argentina was very slow. In 1920 the Argentine Army received a total of twelve Renault FT 17 tanks, which were not well liked and the light tanks were finally sold

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The Mother of all Tanks RENAULT FT17

The Renault FT was arguably the world’s first modem tank, most tanks that have graced the battlefields after WWII, have followed its basic 1917 design principles. After World War I, most tanks of that era all but disappeared. The little French FT, however, went on to be used by a number of countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The French Army’s predecessor to the FT tank was the Schneider CA1, but the design was flawed and following a long internal battle within the French defence forces, artillery General Jean-Baptiste Estienne finally won approval to create a batch of

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Game World of Tanks attract youth panzers

Computer game World of Tanks is one of the stages of preparation of the future tank, said to RIA Novosti on Saturday Chief cerebral Armored Directorate Defense Ministry Lt. Gen. Alexander Shevchenko.   «I think the players of this game will be a unique set, even more so, we rely on the figure on the computer technology. I think this is one of the stages of preparation of future crews of future cars, «- said Shevchenko.   Multiplayer online game World of Tanks allows the player to engage in combat armored vehicles made in different countries in the midst of

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Pictures: Plant GrAZ (Grabowski Autoworks)

Please keep photographic coverage of the current state of Russian industry. This series of images found on ZAVODFOTO, shows GrAZ plant, located in the Penza region.

Grabowski car plant — One of the largest Russian enterprises for the production of road tankers for the transportation and temporary storage of petroleum products. Factory tanks can be installed on all types of domestic and foreign chassis.


Milk and mortars

The company history started in difficult times — in October 1941, then on the basis of evacuated Ukrainian plant. In the village of

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Tank Destroyer Type 89/PTZ-89 (China)

In the 70s of the last century in the leading countries of the world there are several thoughts that have shaped the future development of tank building. New main tanks were equipped with strong armor and combined smoothbore guns. In addition, there were the first models of dynamic systems of protection. All it sought to increase the properties of anti-tank weapons, including artillery. At this time, China began work on a promising third-generation tank. Chinese engineers beheld all the new trends in the field of tank and intended to take them into their own next project. But these steps have

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Ural T-72 tank. Inductee, who returned from the Third World

Exactly forty years ago, a joint resolution of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the Council of Ministers was adopted for the prototype main battle tank "object 172m", which received the designation T-72 "Ural". Began the life of the mass of the modern Soviet tanks. 

Soviet tankoprom lived extensively — in the best years, he drove in the ranks of the army of four versions of the main battle tanks that are not compatible to operate and repair. And if the "heaped" T-64 and T-80, stuffed with the best Soviet achievements in the field of

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