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  • Heavy Competition For Light Tank: SAIC & Singapore Vs. BAE, GDLS (for U.S. Army)

    10/10/2017 12:39:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | October 06, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    If the stars align for defense contractor SAIC, the US Army and Marine Corps will soon be buying hundreds of armored vehicles designed in Singapore. Yesterday, six months after joining forces for the first time on the Marines’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle competition – and just four days before the massive Association of the US Army conference opens in DC – Virginia-based SAIC and Singapore Technologies Kinetics officially announced they are teaming up again for the Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower program, a light tank to support light infantry in places where the massive M1 Abrams cannot go. SAIC didn’t go in...
  • Texas Man Parks Sherman Tank In Front of His House

    A Texas man has parked a World War II era tank on his front yard, displeasing his homeowners association in a neighborhood of multi-million dollar homes. The owner claims that the tank (pictured above) is "not hurting anyone" and will eventually end up at his ranch in east Texas. Tony Buzbee bought his fully-functional M4 Sherman tank overseas before delivering it home to sit outside his home. According to Buzbee, the tank landed at Normandy and participated in the liberation of Paris. The tank has been demilitarized, meaning the weapons—including the 75 millimeter M3 main gun—no longer work.
  • New Urban Camo Won’t Save British Tanks

    08/29/2017 7:10:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 28, 2017 | David Axe
    <p>The British Army has painted some of its Challenger 2 tanks in a new camouflage scheme that planners hope will help the 62-ton machines hide on city streets. But the government has withheld other, more important enhancements.</p> <p>The tanks’ blocky, white, gray and brown scheme is actually a throwback to the Cold War, when British tankers prepared to defend West Berlin from the Soviets.</p>
  • Chinese tourists arrested for Hitler salute in Germany

    08/06/2017 10:31:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 8-617
    Two Chinese tourists were arrested in Berlin for making Hitler salutes outside the German parliament on Saturday. Criminal proceedings have been started against the middle-aged men for using symbols from a banned organisation. The pair have been released on bail of €500 (£450; $600) each. Germany has strict laws on hate speech and symbols linked to Hitler and the Nazis. The men - aged 36 and 49 - could face a fine or a prison sentence of up to three years, according to police. ...snip.. A police spokeswoman told AFP news agency that the men could leave the country during...
  • Gearing up for World War Three: Nato tanks put on massive show of strength in Germany

    05/13/2017 4:44:25 PM PDT · by Chode · 54 replies ^ | 13 May 2017 | Rebecca Taylor For Mailonline
    NATO tanks have put on a show of their strength during a competing exercise in Germany, testing offensive and defensive operations to see who can prevail. Austria took first place in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017 as six nations and partner nations battled it out in Grafenwoehr, beating France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the USA in the exercise. The second annual challenge, which was won by Germany last year, tested soldiers on vehicle identification, battle damage assessment and precision manoeuvres. According to Stars and Stripes, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commander of U.S. Army Europe, said the challenge was...
  • 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.
  • Rules of a gunfight

    03/24/2016 5:35:20 PM PDT · by HWGruene · 60 replies
    redonkulas channel you tube ^ | 3/24/15 | Terrence Popp
    A LITTLE HUMOR with guns.
  • Russia proposes to Iran to organize licensed production of Russian T-90S tanks

    02/03/2016 4:51:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | February 03, 2016
    YEKATERINBURG, February 3. /TASS/. Russia’s Uralvagonzavod company is ready to organize in Iran licensed production of the T-90S gun launcher-armed tanks if restrictions on military-technical cooperation with that country are lifted, the corporation’s deputy director general Alexey Zharich said on Wednesday. Russia’s main battle gun launcher-armed tank T-90S is equipped with an automated fire control system. It is a light tank (46.5 tons) with a low profile, which increases its survivability. "Cooperation with Iran was suspended in accordance with the presidential decree "On measures to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1020 of June 9, 2010". But if restrictions on military-technical...
  • Prayer request for family. My Father passed away Monday.

    09/03/2015 4:38:13 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 71 replies
    03 SEP 15 | dcbryan1
    Jim Bryan III, 75, of Longboat Key, FL, died Sep. 1, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Harrison, AR in 1940 to the late J.W. and Jane Bryan of Bellefonte, AR. He was preceded in death by his son Joey (who died of a brain tumor in 1981 at age ten) and grandparents Witt and Zula Burns Bryan and Noah and Myrtle Eoff Dearing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ann, son Jim, IV and his wife Ann, son Chris and his wife Jennifer, grandchildren Laura and her newlywed...
  • Man crushed to death by armored tank on Jelly Belly CEO's property

    08/25/2015 9:36:58 AM PDT · by rey · 113 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 25 Aug 2015
    <p>FAIRFIELD — Authorities say a man was accidentally crushed to death with a World War II-era tank on a Jelly Bean's chairman Herman Rowland's property in Fairfield.</p> <p>The Reporter of Vacaville ( ) say the California Highway Patrol said the victim was 54-year-old Kevin Wright of Suisun City.</p>
  • 3 Things You Need to Know About Killing

    07/28/2015 4:18:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 6/30/15 | Selco
    There are few things to understand if you are forced to kill someone or in if someone is trying to kill you. Most of the people are unaware of them but it is important to understand them. As I said many times before, most people simply did not face real violence before. I mean killing or fighting for life. That’s good because we live in society where those things are not needed. On the other side, from the point of survival if you did not went through serious violence before you lack that experience, you do not really know what...
  • British Army Tank Crushes Small Car

    06/01/2015 11:13:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    The Local ^ | 01 Jun 2015
    Oops! A British army tank drove over an oncoming Toyota on a public road on Monday, crushing the bonnet in the process. For the second time this year, a British tank has been involved in a public crash while out on exercise in Germany. This time a tank drove over the bonnet of Toyota which was being driven by an 18-year-old woman. The soldiers were able to rescue the woman from the car and no serious injuries were reported. In a similar incident in February, blamed on a mechanical failure, a British tank drove into the garden of an elderly...
  • The Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Was Germany’s ‘Over-Engineered’ Tank

    03/09/2015 12:38:33 PM PDT · by C19fan · 163 replies
    Boldride ^ | March 8, 2015 | Bill Wilson
    The Germans are a polarizing people, and so are their products. Sort of like when journalists review a BMW — people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. This is because Germany’s engineering prowess is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it enables Volkswagen, BMW, Porsche, etc., to lead the pack when it comes to performance. On the other hand, the Germans are notorious for letting their reach exceed their grasp. They rush new and innovative products to market without giving them a proper shake-down first. Not only does this odd duality explain Germany’s mixed record in building fine automobiles, it...
  • 15.9.1916: First tank in action

    09/15/2014 11:44:28 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Sept 15, 2014
    This Day in History 15.9.1916: First Tank in Action In September 1916 the German reserve infantry regiment no. 28 was in the Flers front section at the Somme. One of the most gruesome battles in the First World War had been fought out here, in June of that year. More than a million soldiers lost their lives. German and allied troops faced each other on a front that was 40 kilometres wide. After the first British assault had failed their opponents dug themselves in. Long rows of trenches were laid out, barbed wire and machine gun nests secured the positions...
  • US Guns, German Armour

    03/18/2013 3:52:39 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 68 replies
    The Chieftain's Hatch ^ | April 1, 2012 | The Chieftain's Hatch
    In the summer of 1944 the US Army forces in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) conducted a series of test-firings that are much quoted to this day by researchers and wargamers. These test-firings disputed the official line on the effectiveness of the guns and ammunition being provided by the Army's Department of Ordnance, and provided substantive feedback that changed some of the long-held assumptions and methods of Ordnance testing and specifications. There were a total of four test shoots: 1) Shoeburyness, UK; 23 May, 1944: Demonstration firing to observe effectiveness of new US 76mm, 90mm and British 17pdr guns....
  • Tankies - Tank Heroes of World War II - documentary on the 5th RTR.

    01/25/2013 1:11:30 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/17/2013 | Mark Urban (presenter)
    Tankies - Tank Heroes of World War II
  • T-72: On the Road to Obsolescence

    12/20/2010 7:38:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 70 replies · 3+ views
    Forecast International ^ | 12/16/2010 | D. Lockwood
    T-72: On the Road to Obsolescence â‹… NEWTOWN, Conn. - New production of the T-72 main battle tank in the Russian Federation remains dormant. The Rosoboronexport organization continues to offer the remaining Russian T-72 tank inventory for export. All new T-72 production now involves only one licensed-production line. With the completion of the Iranian licensed-production programs, we expect no new T-72 production. The T-72 enjoys wide distribution on the international market, with at least 36 nations currently maintaining various versions of the tank in their inventories. The modernization and retrofit packages available will ensure continued use of the T-72 throughout...
  • After 30 years, Israeli tanks head abroad

    06/11/2010 11:27:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 732+ views
    Globes Online,Israel ^ | 10 Jun 10 | Ran Dagoni
    After 30 years, Israeli tanks head abroad "Defense News": The decision to export the Merkava is an effort to keep jobs in Israel. Ran Dagoni, Washington10 Jun 10 12:59 In a major turnaround in the Ministry of Defense's export policy, after 30 years of a total ban on the export of the Merkava tank, "Defense News" reports that the ministry is now offering the latest version of the tank, the Merkava Mark IV, for sale to select customers. Each deal will be considered on its own merits. "Defense News" says that the decision to export the Merkava is based on...
  • Flopping Aces Writer Major Chris Galloway Dead at 36 (Freeper M1Tanker)

    08/13/2009 9:07:15 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 110 replies · 7,577+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-13-09 | Scott Malensek
    Life and the internet are strange strange things. I've been trading emails and posts etc with Chris for years now. It wasn't at all uncommon for his duties, deployments, and family to make those virtual conversations sporadic from time to time. Well, Chris won't be returning emails anymore. He passed away suddenly on June 30, 2009. Last Fall he and his wife Shannon had a baby girl, Lilly. Chris was so happy. We teased him about how awful it is to step on Barbie Doll high heels in the middle of the night, and he bragged about how his...
  • Cee-gar Marine's new book

    08/20/2008 1:17:24 PM PDT · by Cee-gar Man US Marine · 154 replies · 2,402+ views
    My name is April Popaditch, wife of Gysgt Nick Popaditch (ret) AKA Cee-gar Marine to FreeRepublic. This web site was such a source of strength to my family and I when my husband was wounded in Fallujah, Iraq April 2004. The beauty of the words and prayers that we read on a daily basis from all of you, will stay in our hearts forever. Military life is a sacrifice but one you never regret. Support from people you've never met, is life affirming and gives us the strength to carry on our new missions in life. I hear on the...