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  • Russian Museum Recreates WWII-Era 'Land Battleship'

    04/19/2018 8:58:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 18,2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    A copy of the largest tanks of World War II was produced for a Russian military museum. A working T-35 tank, which weighed even more than Russia’s newest main battle tank, was built by the metallurgical company Uralelectromed JSC for the Museum of Military Equipment in the Sverdlovsk region, Russia. During the years between World War I and World War II, the new Soviet state pursued an aggressive military expansion plan, including the mechanization of its armed forces. The construction of heavy tanks—heavier than any of those fielded by any other country—was meant to grow Soviet heavy industry, encourage the...
  • Hitler's Monstrous 'Jagdtiger' Tank Destroyers Were a Colossal Failure

    04/07/2018 9:25:29 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 91 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 04/06/18 | Sebastien Roblin
    To some minds, bigger is always better—but size can create is many new problems as it solves. Midway through World War II, Nazi Germany decided to take its huge 128-millimeter antiaircraft gun and stick it on its biggest, baddest tank. The result was the monstrous Jagdtiger (“Hunting Tiger”), then heaviest tank to see action in World War II—and still heavier than modern M1 Abrams and Leopard 2 tanks! But the vehicle’s terrifying bulk proved to be its own worst enemy. During World War II, German factories churned out numerous turretless assault guns (Sturmgeschutz) and tank destroyers (Jagdpanzers) based on...
  • Russia Feared Hitler's Panzer Tanks. But They Might Have Feared Who Led Them Even More.

    03/21/2018 4:10:08 PM PDT · by BBell · 90 replies
    The wide tracks of Soviet T-34S and colossal KV-1S crunched through the snow. Night had fallen west of Belgorod on March 15, 1943. The Soviet tank column was headed toward a village, looking for shelter for the night. Although the village appeared deserted, the Soviet commander was wary. For days now there had been heavy fighting, with the Nazis trying to recapture Kharkov from the Soviets. The T-34s fired incendiary shells, setting ablaze a few peasant huts. When nothing moved, the tanks rumbled into the village. The commander’s tank came to halt, unaware that the muzzle of a Tiger tank...
  • China tests driverless tanks that could be powered by artificial intelligence

    03/20/2018 10:20:16 PM PDT · by texas booster · 50 replies
    South China Morning Post / Global Times ^ | Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 | Ma Jun and Shi Liufeng
    China is testing driverless tanks which could be equipped with artificial intelligence, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday, as the country continues with its military modernisation programme. State television showed images this week of the unmanned tanks undergoing testing, the Global Times reported. Footage showed a Type 59 tank being driven by remote control, in what the paper said was the first time a Chinese-made unmanned tank has been shown in a public forum. The Type 59 tank is based on an old Soviet model first used in China in the 1950s and has been produced in large numbers and...
  • Three Armies Still Upgrading Their Cold War-era M-60 Tanks

    03/19/2018 5:26:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 19, 2018 | Charlie Gao
    The M-60 “Patton” tank is one of the most iconic tanks of the Cold War. While it did not see use in the Vietnam War, it saw extensive use by Israel and Iran in the various hot wars of the 20th century, and comprised the vast bulk of the U.S. Army’s tank fleet facing down the Warsaw Pact throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It was also used by U.S. Marines in Grenada and Operation Desert Storm. While it was phased out of American service in the 2000s — and most other tank fleets by the 2010s — the M-60 continues...
  • Russia's Devious New Battlefield Tactic: Use Tanks as Decoys to Kill Enemy Artillery

    03/17/2018 4:41:28 PM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies ^ | 3/17/18 | Michael Peck
    Russia has unveiled a devious new battlefield tactic: use tanks as decoys in order to hunt down enemy artillery batteries. It's a bait-and-switch con job that relies on relies on Russian tanks, drones, artillery—and an opponent that is just a tad gullible. The technique works like this, according to Russia's Sputnik News: When facing an enemy that has artillery, Russia will attempt to locate the enemy batteries and destroy them through counterbattery fire. The problem, which dates back to the eighteenth century, is that the enemy batteries will attempt to remain concealed. So how to lure them out? Russia intends...
  • Trump getting Washington military parade _ but no tanks

    03/09/2018 6:13:38 PM PST · by mdittmar · 106 replies
    AP ^ | 3/9/2018 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It looks like President Donald Trump is getting the military parade he wants in Washington — though he may get no tanks for the effort.A Pentagon planning memo issued Thursday and released Friday says the parade being planned for Nov. 11, Veterans Day, will “include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks — consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure.” Big, heavy tanks could tear up District of Columbia streets.But the event will “include a heavy air component at the end of the parade,” meaning lots of airplane flyovers. Older aircraft will be included as available.
  • 4 tanks destroyed, 5 soldiers killed in Azaz (Syria)

    02/11/2018 4:07:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 56 replies
    ANF News - AFRIN ^ | Sunday, 11 Feb 2018, 19:57 | ANF AFRIN
    Details of the action carried out by SDF fighters against the Turkish army and allied gangs are emerging. 4 tanks of the Turkish army have been destroyed and 5 Turkish soldiers have been killed in Azaz as a result of an action by fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). On the other hand, an ammunition depot of the invading forces has been destroyed. Video at link.
  • Germany’s Leopard 2 Tank Was Considered One of the Best — Until It Went to Syria

    01/31/2018 5:26:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 30, 2018 | Sebastien Roblin
    Germany’s Leopard 2 main battle tank has a reputation as one of the finest in the world, competing for that distinction with proven designs such as the American M-1 Abrams and the British Challenger 2. However, that reputation for nigh-invincibility has faced setbacks on Syrian battlefields, and placed Berlin in a uniquely awkward national-level dispute with Turkey, its fellow NATO member.
  • Leopard 2 bought by Turkey to fight British-backed Kurds has numerous faults exposed in battle [tr]

    01/31/2018 5:11:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 31, 2018 | Gareth Davies
    A German-made tank, which Berlin once dubbed one of the best in the world, has had its shortcomings embarrassingly exposed on the battlefield in Syria. Photos from the Turkish military operation dubbed 'Euphrates Shield', which began in August 2016, show the charred remains of one of the Leopard 2 tanks which was reportedly blown up with mines.
  • Ankara sent Berlin a note for the German tanks used against Afrin

    01/30/2018 11:28:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018, 10:30 | ANF BERLIN
    Despite the Federal German Government’s statements on the use of Leopard II tanks in the attacks against Afrin, it has come to light that Ankara had sent a notice to Berlin last week. The Berlin administration is under pressure due to the Turkish army using German-made Leopard II tanks in the attacks and massacres against Afrin. Despite photographs of German Leopard tanks published in the press, the Federal German Government had issued a statement saying they “didn’t have information”. Defense Ministry Spokesperson Holger Neumann spoke in a press conference last week in Berlin and said, “Outside of the images on...
  • Will Germany modernize the Leopards for Afrin?

    01/21/2018 7:03:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 20 Jan 2018, 11:15 | ANF BERLIN
    It has become certain that the fellowship of weapons will be the most important step in the easing of tension between the Merkel and ErdoÄŸan governments. The German government reportedly wants to approve the plan to modernize the Turkish armyÂ’s tanks. At a time when the forces allied to the ErdoÄŸan regime come to the fore with plans to invade and attack Afrin and other areas in Western Kurdistan, Germany is preparing to take on the task of modernizing the Turkish army. It has come to light that the dirty negotiations over the German citizens held hostage by the ErdoÄŸan...
  • France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate German Panzers for Breakfast

    11/21/2017 6:46:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 20, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    At five o’clock in the morning on May 16, 1940 a company of the 8th Panzer Regiment lay in an ambush position along a rubble-strewn street of the French town of Stonne. The day before, the unfortunate village had changed hands several times as French troops attempted to stem the tide of German armor headed toward the English channel, threatening to trap Allied forces in Belgium.
  • Army to Deploy Israeli Trophy Armor System on Tanks: Battle-tested wonder weapon impresses DoD

    10/12/2017 7:21:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/12/2017 | Ari Lieberman
    On March 1, 2011 an Israeli Merkava IV tank on patrol along the Gaza periphery was fired upon by Hamas terrorists from concealed positions within Gaza. Using a deadly RPG-29, a more advanced version of the RPG-7, the terrorists waited for impact. But their moment of glory never transpired. As the anti-tank projectile neared its target, a revolutionary platform – the Trophy Armor Protection System (APS) – deployed on the Merkava IV detected the threat and instantly fired a number of pellets at the deadly menace, destroying and rendering it inert yards from the tank. Barely three weeks later, Hamas...
  • 'This Was Not Supposed To Happen’: Gore’s Sequel Comes In Dismal 15th At Box Office

    08/07/2017 12:41:49 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 91 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | 08/07/17 | Marc Morano
    Former Vice President Al Gore’s new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel”, came in a dismal 15th this weekend at U.S. theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. Gore’s defenders have been quick to blame Paramount Pictures for the dismal performance of Gore’s sequel. “Al Gore Gets Ripped Off Again,” screamed the headline of D.R. Tucker in Washington Monthly.View post “This was not supposed to happen,” Tucker wrote, adding, “he should have demanded a recount.” “Sadly, the box-office under-performance of An Inconvenient Sequel will be seized upon by climate-change deniers as ‘proof’ that Americans don’t really care about this issue,” Tucker wrote. The...

    06/27/2017 8:01:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Quwa, Pakistan ^ | Jun 27, 2017 | Bilal Khan
    The Malyshev Factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine rolled out an Oplot main battle tank (MBT) and conducted a mobility test of it on Friday, June 23 with Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Secretary of the National Security Defence Council Oleksandr Turchynov in attendance. Ukrainian news outlets, such as Depo Harkiv, claim – citing Malyshev Factory employees – that this specific Oplot MBT – dubbed “Oplot-P – will be sent to Pakistan. This comes following recent reports from Ukrainian media of the Oplot MBT drawing Pakistani interest. In April, Delovaya Stolitsa interviewed Pakistan’s Ambassador to Ukraine Maj. Gen (retired) Athar Abbas,...
  • US Tanks to Storm Raqqa as Major Offensive Takes Shape

    04/29/2017 6:20:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 55 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 13:59 29.04.2017(updated 14:00 29.04.2017) | none stated
    The Syrian city of Raqqa remains occupied by Daesh terrorists since early 2014. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with the backing of a US-led international coalition is set to storm Raqqa and liberate it next month. It has been reported that US tanks will be used during the battle. A representative of the command of the Syrian Democratic Forces, who wished to remain anonymous, told Sputnik Arabic that the US had recently delivered heavy weapons and tanks to the SDF.“Two days ago, as part of the upcoming battle against Daesh the US sent us tanks and heavy weapons. The armament was delivered to Rojava [Kurdish de facto autonomous...
  • Clashes between Turkish army and Kurdish forces in northwestern Syria

    04/26/2017 8:25:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    KOM News ^ | 26 April 2017 10:17 CEST | none stated
    Turkish tanks and howitzer launchers at the Turkish border with Afrin. According to reports clashes have broken out between the Turkish army and Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northwestern Syria’s autonomous Afrin region.The local Hawar news agency reported that Turkish forces fired on and bombed the Firfirike village in Afrin’s Rajo district using howitzers and heavy artillery.YPG fighters responded to the attacks and clashes continue according to reports.A tweet by the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has also confirmed clashes.Turkish army presence on the Afrin border has been heightened recently with howitzers and armoured vehicles being brought to the area, Turkish...
  • Videoin Link: Kim Jong-un stunned as RUSSIAN tanks sent by Vladimir Putin to North Korea border

    04/20/2017 11:27:58 AM PDT · by johnk · 118 replies
    YT ^ | 4/20/17 | YT
    ( I Don't know the real value in this ) Vladimir Putin’s forces have been caught on camera heading towards the nation's 11-mile frontier with the DPRK. Video shows a train packed with military equipment allegedly hurtling towards the border with the rogue state. Russia’s actions come as tensions rage between North Korea and the US amid fears war could explode in the Korean Peninsula.
  • The Nashorn Was Germany’s World War II Tank Sniper: Ugly but practical

    04/17/2017 4:30:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 18, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    German tanks during World War II were often outmatched by superior Red Army designs beginning with the T-34. Armor, reliability and firepower were all—at various times—serious shortcomings. To counteract the Soviet beasts, Germany rushed ahead with tank destroyers—armored vehicles designed to inflict long-range firepower from concealed positions—but these also had a mixed record. The introduction of the Ferdinand during the 1943 Battle of Kursk turned into a disaster as the vehicles broke down from mechanical failures.