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  • 14TP

    Before the Second World War, when hard work was done in Poland on the development of modern tanks, the 14TP project was also created. The development took place almost in parallel with the 10TP, with which he shared the same type of Christie chassis. Unlike the 10TP, however, the 14TP type lacked the ability to move on wheels and the type was to move only on tracks.

    2.386
  • 2cm Flakvierling 38 auf Fahrgestell PzKpfw.IV

    prototype anti-aircraft quadruple on the chassis PzKpfw. IV.

    6.625
  • 4TP

    This reconnaissance tank project was created in the development office of Pz Inż (Państwowe Zaklady Inżinierii). The concept of the machine was based on the knowledge of Polish designers gained in Great Britain and Sweden.

    1.250
  • 7,5 cm Pak 40/4 auf RSO

    During the production of the Steyr RSO artillery tractor, the designers came up with the idea of using the simple construction of this crawler tractor to create a light tank destroyer. By installing an anti-tank cannon 7.5 cm PaK 40, they obtained a cheap and undemanding machine.

    2.195
  • 7,7 cm FK 96 L/23 auf W.D. Schlepper 50 PS

    At the request of the German army from October 8, 1926, Krupp AG was given the task of designing a self-propelled gun. The specifications were for the 7.5 cm Infanterie-Geschütz, which was to use the components of the new 7.5 cm Gebirgs-Kanone P.

    1.755
  • 8 cm Raketen Vielfachwerfer auf Fahrgestell Maultier

    What happens when you mix a copy of a Soviet 82 mm rocket launcher on a German armored half-track truck using a copy of a British tracked chassis, all under the direction of Waffen SS? An interesting weapon.

    1.508
  • 8,8 cm PaK 43 Ardelt

    In 1944, the year of retreats and defenses of the German army, there was an acute need for mobile artillery armament in conventional infantry units. In retreat battles, the prevailing shortage of tractors resulted in high losses of conventional towed artillery weapons. Many were destroyed by their own troops precisely because of their immobility. Cannons such as 7.5 cm PaK 40, 8.8 cm PaK 43 or 10.5 cm PaFH 18 were too heavy for the operator and difficult to handle.

    3.301
  • 8,8 cm PaK 43 Ardelt-Krupp

    On April 19, 1944, Krupp representatives visited Ardelt to discuss Wafenträger projects with 8.8 cm anti-tank cannons. Ardelt already had experience with a similar wafenträger, but the originally intended PaK 43/41 cannon from Rheinmetall-Börsig was replaced by the PaK 43 Kreuzlafette from Krupp due to the cessation of its production. However, this cannon was not entirely suitable for the construction of this fighter and therefore the WaPrüf 4 armament department proposed the cooperation of Ardelt and Krupp on a new form of 8.8 cm waffenträger.

    3.345
  • 8,8 cm PaK 43 Steyr

    In 1944, the year of retreats and defensive battles of the German army, there was an acute need for mobile artillery armament in conventional infantry units. In retreat battles, the prevailing shortage of tractors resulted in high losses of conventional towed artillery weapons. Many were destroyed by their own troops only because of their immobility. Cannons such as 7.5 cm PaK 40, 8.8 cm PaK 43 or 10.5 cm PaFH 18 were too heavy for the soldiers and difficult to handle.

    3.020
  • AMC 34

    The demand for a new AMC-class light support tank (Automitrailleuse de Combat) originated in 1931.

    2.067
  • AMC 35

    The machine was created by further development of the AMC 34 type. It is also known as the AMG 35 under the name AMC 35.

    2.023
  • AMR 33

    The category of vehicles AMR (Automitrailleuse de reconnaissance) was to be a light reconnaissance tank, armed only with a machine gun.

    1.299
  • AMX 38

    In 1937, a project of a direct replacement of the Renault R 35 from the AMX company was created.

    2.106
  • Artillerie Panzer Beobachtungswagen (Sd.Kfz.251)

    In 1944, there was an effort to create a modern reconnaissance artillery armored vehicle.

    446
  • Aufklärungspanzerwagen 38(t) (2 cm)(Sd.Kfz.140/1)

    The tank was based on the construction of LT vz.38 (Pz.Kpfw.38 (t)). The superstructure of the tank was modified and the Hängelafette 38 tower was installed.

    2.099
  • Australian Sentinel

    In the early 1940s, Australia found itself in an unenviable position. Great Britain, the leading country of the British Commonwealth, faced Nazi attacks, its overseas colonies in Southeast Asia fell into Japanese hands one by one, and the imperial army approached the northern borders of Australia threateningly. The Japanese navy had ambitions to control both the Pacific and Indian Oceans, which would cause a complete blockade of the country. These facts led a country with almost no experience in the development of armored vehicles to the development of its own armored vehicles, represented by the Australian Cruiser Tank Mk.1 Sentinel.

    73
  • Auto-Union Vollketten Aufklärungsfahrzeug

    Reconnaissance vehicle

    598
  • Bergepanther - draft horse of the Panzerwaffe

    The top construction of the recovery tank built on the platform of the German medium tank Panther.

    2.635
  • Bergepanzer 38(t)

    After the introduction of the Jagdpanzer 38 (t) tank destroyers, there was a need for a light rescue vehicle, which was to serve to tow damaged or otherwise immobilized vehicles. Therefore, in the summer of 1944, BMM began working on such a machine, which was based on the design of Hetzer.

    2.260
  • BOPAS

    The project itself was probably created on the basis of a request from the Command of the Engineer Troops in 11/1954 was assigned the development of an armored personnel carrier called BOPAS (combat tracked vehicle).

    532
  • Celere Sahariano

    During the fighting in Africa in 1941, the Italian designers of the FIAT / Ansaldo company were inspired by the captured English cruiser Cruiser Mk.III and their Christie-type chassis and decided to copy it.

    1.566
  • Char B-1

    history of this French tank.

    11.269
  • CTLS-4 TAC/TAY

    In 1940, the military authorities of the colonial Royal Dutch Indian Army (KNIL - Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger) sought to obtain larger numbers of Vickers tanks from Great Britain but failed, so they turned to American companies, specifically Marmon Herrington. It focused on the export of armored vehicles, because it was not significantly involved in the armament of US troops.

    1.519
  • CZK - T-50

    Thoughts on the development of a new post-war tank appeared as early as the end of 1945.

    2.072
  • E-100 Panzerkampfwagen Tiger-Maus

    The idea of a 150-ton tank, which should be in competition with Porsche's Maus program, arose at a meeting of representatives of WaPrüf 6 and representatives of Krupp on September 11, 1942.

    1.876
  • Enzian

    Guided anti-aircraft missile originating from Germany WWII

    14.289
  • FCM 2C

    The megalomania of influential military officials, influenced by the manufacturers, who parasitized quite heavily on war orders, was reflected in an even heavier tank, which was to become a 70-ton weight design tank FCM 2 C.

    2.549
  • FCM F1

    The development of the heavy tank of the French army can be traced back to the 1920s. Due to the political situation after World War I, the need for a heavy weight tank was not acute and therefore various proposals did not receive such a priority in development.

    2.304
  • Feuerlilie 25/55

    Another of the German project of guided anti-aircraft missile.

    7.094
  • Flakpanzer IV "Kugelblitz"

    In a report from 3.1.1944 on a consultation with Albert Speer with representatives of the military, there was a proposal to use an anti-aircraft system with a pair of 3 cm cannons designed for submarine armament on the platform of a medium tank Pz.Kpfw.IV (U-Bootturm mit 3 cm Zwilling auf Pz. IV).

    149
  • Grosstraktor Daimler-Benz

    Just after the First World War in the 1920s, a secret project of developing light and medium category tanks was launched in Germany. It was secret due to the restrictive measures contained in the Treaty of Versailles, which prohibited the development, production and use of any tank technology.

    1.369
  • Hs 117 Schmetterling

    Henschel anti-aircraft missile

    7.404
  • Jagdpanther

    What happens when you combine one of the most powerful anti-tank cannons with one of the best tank platforms? The answer is in the title of the topic.

    9.656
  • Jagdpanther Ausf.G1/Ausf.G2

    During the production of Jagdpanther, there were constant modifications. The first 50 fighters had a superstructure ceiling made of 16 mm thick armor plate. Another production received 25 mm thick armor plates.

    3.536
  • Jagdpanzer 38(t)

    The name "Hetzer" does not officially belong (!) to this type. This name was to officially belong to the serial form of the intended light tank destroyer E-10.

    3.702
  • Jagdpanzer 38(t) Starr

    This vehicle was to be a replacement for the classic Jagdpanzer 38 (t). Serial vehicles were to receive a Tatra diesel engine, have a different transmission, etc.

    2.534
  • Jagdpanzer IV L/48

    Due to the success of the StuG III self-propelled guns in the fight against tanks, in 9/1942 the company Vomag was tasked with developing a project for a new self-propelled gun (Sturmgeschütz nA). The preliminary design envisaged using a standard Pz.Kpfw.IV platform with a 7.5 cm anti-tank cannon mounted.

    6.663
  • Kätzchen 38t

    Despite the support of the Heeres Waffenamt and WaPrüf 6 of the Auto Union armored personnel carrier project known under the code name Kätzchen, there was an effort to use the Pz.Kpfw.38 (t) tank chassis and B.M.M.

    2.120
  • Kätzchen K1

    The first mention of the nickname "Kätzchen" was found in the report of the General Staff of 15.2.1943. There was an effort to speed up the production of Kätzchen, the conversion of production from Sd.Kfz.250 and Sd.Kfz.251 was to be completed by the end of 1943. Gradually, the production of half-track transporters was to be reduced and in the summer of 1944 was to be completely stopped.

    2.581
  • Kätzchen K2

    The first mention of the nickname "Kätzchen" was found in the report of the General Staff of 15.2.1943. There was an effort to speed up the production of Kätzchen, the conversion of production from Sd.Kfz.250 and Sd.Kfz.251 was to be completed by the end of 1943. Gradually, the production of half-track transporters was to be reduced and in the summer of 1944 was to be fully stopped.

    2.282
  • Kfz.13

    Armored reconnaissance vehicle

    1.827
  • kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen (Sd.Kfz.265)

    Kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen (Sd.Kfz.265) is the successor to the command version of the tank leichte (Funk) Panzerwagen mit Sonderaufbau, which was built on the chassis Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.A (2.Serie / La.S.).

    538
  • KOBO-3

    In 1947, the 1st Department of the General Staff set requirements for the development of a new half-track infantry transporter of the weight category of 3 tons. The vehicle was based on the German design Sd.Kfz.251 (in Czechoslovak use referred to as HKL6p). As part of the typification, a half-track artillery tractor was to be created on the same platform.

    1.928
  • L.K.A.1

    The first mention of the concept of a light tank intended for export abroad (Leichte Kampfwagen Ausland) was discussed at a meeting of representatives of the army and industry on May 6, 1936. The request was for a tank slightly heavier than 4 tons.

    1.708
  • L.K.A.1

    In older publications, this tank pretended to be the predecessor of the later Pz.Kpfw.I. The fact is, however, that it was a separate design work, which had a number of differences from Pz.Kpfw.I.

    1.934
  • leichte Selbstfahrkanone (L.S.K.)

    In 10/1927, work began on the Krupp factory (artillery design department) on the design of a self-propelled platform for carrying parts (Motorlafette, later renamed the Leichte Selbstfahrkanone (LSK)).

    2.175
  • Leichttraktor Krupp

    On March 14, 1928, a program for the development and production of light battle tanks was secretly launched at the request of the Wehramt. Due to the restrictions imposed on Germany and enshrined in the Treaty of Versailles, secret military tank development programs bore the covert designation "Kleintraktor" (later changed to "Leichttraktor").

    2.224
  • Leichttraktor Rheinmetall-Borsig

    Rheinmetall began working on prototypes in 1929 and in 1930 two prototypes were completed (Nr.39 and Nr.40). The tower and armament were developed and manufactured by the Swedish companies AB Landsverk and Bofors. The prototypes were tested both in Germany and at a secret Soviet base in Kama.

    1.892
  • LK II

    Work on the new light tank took place under the leadership of Joseph Vollmer (Joseph Vollmer) since 1917. The project did not have much support in the army, at that time there was an effort to develop and manufacture tanks of heavier weight category (A7V, K-Wagen).

    1.981
  • LT-40

    After the loss of a Lithuanian customer, a series of 21 LLT tanks was completed in the summer of 1940. A new buyer was found very quickly and it was the army of the Slovak state.

    2.011
  • Max and Moritz, insurmountable brothers

    Legendary heavy tank destroyers that had no parallel in their time.

    12.626
  • Mogårdshammar A

    In the second half of the 1920s, the Swedish army considered developing its tank forces. The first practical experience with German LK II tanks (Strv m / 21) led to the development of requirements for a new tank.

    1.543
  • Mogardshammar B

    Mogårdshammar B was a very modern concept for its time. Three men from the crew sat in a modernly shaped hull with planned frontal armor, which was to withstand firing from 37 mm cannons.

    2.110
  • Mystifications, mistakes and facts about German technology

    Awareness of armored technology has taken on other dimensions with the expansion of the Internet, and information is now accessible to all. During discussions on forums or on military websites, I constantly come across erroneous statements and factual errors resulting from the mistakes presented in older publications. Unfortunately, such mistakes are constantly "inherited" and translated into the present, even in new publications. I will try to make a few mistakes. I usually rely on the publications of Mr Jentz and Mr Doyle, who are considered to be at the forefront of German armored vehicles. A lot of information comes from the publication of the now poor Mr. Spielberger, whose monographs are and will be insurmountable, but at the same time he created several mistakes that persist to this day.

    34.458
  • NAHUEL D.L.43

    Argentine tank CARRO DE COMBATE MEDIO NAHUEL D.L.43 NAHUEL model Baisi 1943.

    11.558
  • Armored car S-971 Jarmila

    History of development and production of unrealized prototype of Czechoslovak armored vehicle

    1.885
  • Panther F

    An unfulfilled evolution of the legendary German medium tank.

    7.994
  • Panther II - alternate in offside

    A long-standing myth about a deputy whose history dates back to the very beginning of the production of the Panther medium tank.

    9.195
  • Panzer IV/70 (A)

    On June 24, 1944, Waffenamt technicians compared the German medium tank Pz.Kpfw.IV with the Soviet medium tank T-34/85 and the heavy tank IS-2. The comparison concerned the performance of cannons and the durability of structures. In this comparison, it turned out that the German Pz.Kpfw.IV lags behind the Soviet counterparts in both armament and passive protection.

    6.622
  • Panzer IV/70 (V)

    Thoughts on the development and production of a tank destroyer, then referred to as the Sturmgeschütz (assault cannon) on the platform of a medium tank Pz.Kpfw.IV with a 7.5 cm mounted Kanone L / 70 fall into the period 9/1942. These plans were rejected and the Jagdpanzer IV L / 48 was introduced into production. At Hitler's conference on January 25-27, 1944, however, this request was reiterated and it was decided to mount the said cannon in the Jagdpanzer IV company Vomag, whose serial production has just begun.

    2.833
  • Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf.K

    The absence of cannon armament in the command tanks Panzerbefehlspanzer III Ausf.D1 / Ausf.E / Ausf.H caused that in direct contact with enemy tanks could not effectively fight and this was the cause of subsequent losses of these tanks.

    1.933
  • Panzerbefehlswagen IV Ausf.H/J

    On the platforms of the refurbished PzKpfw.IV Ausf.H, a total of 88 pieces of command modifications were created in the period 3-7 / 1944. Another 17 pieces of command tanks were created as a conversion of new buildings from PzKpfw.IV Ausf.J in the period 8-9 / 1944.

    489
  • Panzerbeobachtungswagen III

    Reconnaissance tank for artillery

    523
  • Panzerbeobachtungswagen V

    At the end of 1942, a project of a reconnaissance artillery-guidance version of the PzKpfw.V "Panther" tank was created. Originally, the cannon was Kw.K. 42 L / 70 replaced by a 50 mm cannon Kw.K. 39/1. Additional armament was to form a machine gun MG 34. The original plan to arm the tank with a cannon was later reconsidered and it was decided to replace the cannon armament with a dummy one.

    639
  • Panzerblitz 1-3

    unguided anti - tank missile

    6.325
  • Flamethrower tank PM-1

    Monograph of a Czechoslovak flamethrower tank designed at CKD Prague.

    3.473
  • Praga V3S-O-1

    Armored personnel carrier on the platform of the Praga V3S truck.

    1.735
  • PT-1

    In 8/1930, the Soviet military authorities were assigned to the Izhorsk plant and the Leningrad plant "Bolshevik" specifications for a new amphibious tank weighing 20 tons, which was to be armed with a 45 mm cannon and three machine guns.

    1.647
  • Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t) neuer Art

    After the experience of German troops in the Polish campaign, the need arose to develop a new reconnaissance vehicle. Mobility in the field was a priority rather than achieving high speeds, and easy control was especially required when reversing, which was important in the conditions of the research activity. The demand was for the creation of a standardized reconnaissance vehicle designed for tank and infantry units. Full-track or half-track chassis were preferred, which guaranteed good passability in difficult terrain.

    2.325
  • Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. F

    The VK 18.01 program from 1939 had the task of creating a heavily armored tank capable of direct support of attacking troops against fortification systems.

    1.435
  • Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. F - a heavy cry in the dark

    Heavy self-propelled armored machine gun nest ...

    5.918
  • Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G

    After the occupation of Poland, a request was submitted at a meeting of representatives of WaPrüf 6 and representatives of MAN to accelerate the development and delivery of machines of the 0th series. Extensive plans for mass production included the supply of 2500-3000 tanks. Should the development of VK 9.01 be unsuccessful, production of Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.F with stabilized armament should be started.

    1.727
  • Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J

    Project of heavily armored VK 16.01 (later bore the name Pz.Kpfw.II nA verst. (Reinforced)) from 1939. It was supposed to be a new concept of the hull and tower with a maximum thickness of armor up to 80 mm.

    1.915
  • Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. L

    At the beginning of 1942, the first built prototype was sent to Kummersdorf for comparative tests. The company made a prototype of the company BMM Pz.Kpfw.38 nA and a prototype of the company Škoda T-15.

    1.842
  • Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G with a hydrostatic drive

    In 1944, an experimental prototype of the Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G tank with hydrostatic drive was created under the direction of Zahnradfabrik (a company producing gearboxes). The Maybach HL 120 main engine powered a pair of high-performance oil pumps that pumped oil into a pair of separate oil engines.

    2.254
  • Pz.Kpfw. Maus

    Monograph of the largest German tank Maus.

    8.517
  • Pz.Kpfw. V Ausf. A Panther

    Shortly after the start of series production of the Panther, the innovative changes of the new tank, which led to the Panther Ausf.A. In essence, the hull of the tank was preserved from the Panther Ausf.D type, major modifications overcame the tower and its equipment.

    2.476
  • Pz.Kpfw. V Ausf. D Panther

    After approval of the winner of the competition for a new medium tank, they received contracts for the production of 1,000 Panther tanks from MAN, Daimler-Benz, MNH and Henschel. Later, the number was reduced to 850 tanks.

    2.087
  • Pz.Kpfw. V Ausf. G Panther

    The decision to create a new design Ausf.G was made at a meeting in the company MAN on May 4, 1943. The Panther II program was not approved for series production and production of the Panther I was to continue. However, the Ausf.G version was based on the design of the Panther II body.

    2.502
  • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther - in the service of foreign armies

    Pz.Kpfw. V Panther - in the service of foreign armies

    13.222
  • Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B Tiger

    The origins of the creation of the Tiger II go back to the times when the first prototype of the Tiger I(P) was not built yet. The history of the VK 45.01(P) (Porsche's project for a new heavy tank Tiger) is known. Porsche was hoping for with a win in the competition for a new heavy tank, and therefore started production of the first 100 platforms. After the lose of most of the platforms will serve for conversion to a fighter tank destroyer Ferdinand/Elefant. Porsche's plans, however, reached even further.

    3.802
  • Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. E Tiger

    The anabasis of the creation of the Tiger I heavy tank dates back to the pre-war years, and the path to a successful and mass-produced type was very long and difficult. The first mention of the need for a heavy tank weighing 30 tons was found in a report dated October 30, 1935 and it was a report of the head of the Waffenamt Gen. Liese.

    4.231
  • Pz.Kpfw. VII Löwe

    On November 1, 1941, specifications were entered for a new super heavy tank weighing 70 tons. The new tank was to have a 140mm thick frontal armor, the sides were to be 100mm thick. The propulsion was to be provided by a 1000-horsepower Daimler-Benz engine, which was used to power a fast torpedo boat. The number of crew members was set at five men. The armament was not specified.

    685
  • PZInż 130

    Amphibious tank

    1.872
  • PzKpfw VI Tiger

    Tiger Tank

    42.115
  • PzKpfw VI Tiger II

    The career of this tank began in 1943 at the design desks of the companies Henchel and Porsche on the basis of a German army order for a heavy tank with better armament and armor protection than its predecessor Tiger.

    40.519
  • PzKpfw. II

    The second series of German light tanks.

    6.849
  • PzKpfw. IV

    basic series of PzKpfw IV tank variants

    11.252
  • PzKpfw. V Panther

    versions of the PzKpfw Panther tank

    6.904
  • PzKpfw. VI Tiger/Tiger II

    Basic variants of tanks PzKpfw VI Tiger / Tiger II

    7.175
  • Räder-Ketten-Schlepper mit Wechsellaufwerk

    The complicated name of the artillery tractor hides an interesting construction, which, however, did not see serial production.

    236
  • Renault R 40

    The biggest weakness of the Renault 35 tank was its chassis. The rubber rims of the wheels wore quickly and the weight distribution of the tank was not the same for all wheels. This caused very poor driving characteristics in unpaved terrain. Therefore, several proposals have been made to modify the chassis of this tank.

    2.256
  • Resita cal.75 TA Md.1943

    The universal field and anti-tank cannon, which originated as a jigsaw puzzle of Soviet and German legend, was one of the most powerful anti-tank cannons of its time at the time of its creation. A curiosity is the country of origin. It was Romania.

    4.401
  • Rheintochter

    One of the German development programs of guided anti-aircraft missiles from the World War II, which was brought to an advanced stage of development.

    7.211
  • Self-propelled gun SU-76M

    A short history of the emergence of a modernised version of a light self-propelled cannon.

    2.591
  • SAu 40 (CAM 2)

    Serious work on the self-propelled gun to support the infantry began in 1935, when SOMUA (Société d´Outillage Mécanique et d´Usinage d´Artillerie) and ARL (Atelier de Construction de Rueil) created their projects for new self-propelled works. SOMUA has designed a pair of projects called CAM 1 and CAM 2 (canon automoteur).

    1.819
  • Saurer RK-9

    Austrian engineers created their top wheel-tracked construction in the years 1940-42. They wanted to create a fast reconnaissance tank that would be able to fight even lightly armored enemy technology.

    1.903
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  • Sd.Kfz. 250

    Basic variants of the vehicle Sd.Kfz. 250

    5.557
  • Sd.Kfz. 250/9

    The development of this version was entrusted to Gustav Appel in 3/1942. By May 13, 1942, three prototypes were to be produced, which were to be tested by combat units on the Eastern Front.

    1.573
  • Sd.Kfz.10

    Basic variants of the Sd.Kfz.10

    5.940
  • Sd.Kfz.221

    It was the first mass-produced vehicle on a standardized chassis developed for military use.

    2.279
  • Sd.Kfz.231 (8-rad)

    In the first half of the 30s of the 20th century, it was decided to develop a replacement for heavy armored cars Sd.Kfz.231 (6-rad). A modern armored vehicle on an 8-wheel chassis was to be created, which was to form the armament of reconnaissance units, mainly in tank divisions.

    2.650
  • Sd.Kfz.250/1

    In the second half of the 1930s, the Waffenamt decided to add a new type of half-track armored personnel carrier. Conceptually, it was to resemble a larger type of Sd.Kfz.251, but the basis was to be a modified chassis of the DEMAG D7 tractor (Sd.Kfz.10).

    1.646
  • Sd.Kfz.251 (OPp 3t N) in the Czechoslovak army

    After the end of the Second World War, there was a number of half-track equipment on Czechoslovak territory, including armored personnel carriers Sd.Kfz.251 of various versions. The usable specimens immediately became part of the temporary units of the Armored unit in the Prague Uprising in May 1945 and subsequently, after the end of the war, to secure the borders of the restored Czechoslovakia.

    187
  • Sd.Kfz.251/10

    For the needs of the fire support of the platoon of armored personnel carriers Sd.Kfz.251, a version of the armored personnel carrier equipped with an anti-tank cannon Pa.K 36/37 caliber 37 mm was created.

    468
  • Sd.Kfz.251/20 (infra)

    This remarkable version of the Sd.Kfz.251 was equipped with a powerful infrared reflector and was intended to increase the range of tank infrared reflectors mounted on a small series of Panther tanks. The tanks were equipped with active infrared sights and infrared reflectors with insufficient power.

    2.181
  • Sd.Kfz.251/22

    The first mention of the proposed installation of a long gun of 7.5 cm caliber on the platform of the medium armored personnel carrier Sd.Kfz.251 was found in the minutes of the Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppen at a meeting with Adolf Hitler on 28.10.1944. It was a mount of a modified tank cannon 7.5 cm Kw.K. L / 48 from the tank Pz.Kpfw.IV. It was a design of a medium-sized Schützenpanzerwagen (7.5 cm) (Sd.Kfz.251 / 22) (AK 7 B 84).

    5.906
  • Sd.Kfz.253

    Artillery reconnaissance vehicle

    498
  • Sd.Kfz.254

    After the annexation of Austria by the German empire the austrian wheel-tracked artillery truck Saurer Räder-Raupen RR-7 caught the eye of the German command.

    508
  • Sd.Kfz.6

    Basic variants of the vehicle Sd.Kfz.6

    8.353
  • Semovente L 40 da 47/32

    The Italian developers were inspired by the German constructions of self-propelled parts StuG III, which were able to use the chassis of the classic tank Pz.Kpfw.III to mount larger and more powerful cannons than the classic tanks.

    1.420
  • Semovente M 41M da 90/53

    Soon after the attack on the Soviet Union, Italian tank units also found that their anti-tank armament was more than insufficient against the new Soviet T-34 and KV machines. Therefore, the development of an effective tank destroyer has started in Italy, but it is relatively unknown, but it is interesting about that.

    2.137
  • Skoda Sh-IIc

    Work on this medium tank began in September 1936. At the same time, the Škoda company worked in cooperation with the ČKD company on the ŠP-IIb medium tank project.

    1.668
  • Škoda T-15

    After the experience of German troops in the Polish campaign, the need arose to develop a new reconnaissance vehicle.

    1.979
  • ST-I - Use of ex.Jagdpanzer 38 (t) in post-war czechoslovak army

    After the end of the war, there were a number of abandoned and to varying degrees damaged Jagdpanzer 38 (t) machines in Czechoslovakia. At the same time, there was a preserved production base in the factories that these tank destroyers produced by ČKD ( exnemecká BMM ) and Škoda Plzeň. Both factories submitted to the command of the newly formed Czechoslovak army offers to promptly manufacture and supply several hundred machines.

    7.934
  • STCC

    In 1928 started a French general Etienne development program for a special type of vehicle called a "defensive role of the tank" (char darrêt), which should have a weight of from 45 to 55 tonnes. The main idea was to create a heavily armored and armed vehicle, which should strengthen the Maginot line as the mobile protection against enemy armored technique.

    1.960
  • Strv fm/31

    The knowledge of designer Joseph Vollmer (LK I / LK II) or Ferdinand Porsche was used in the development of this wheel-track tank.

    815
  • Strv m/31

    The Strv m / 31 project (Landsverk L-10) was extremely progressive for its time. The tank was light construction, had a powerful engine, a powerful cannon and a slanted armor of decent thickness.

    286
  • StuG III Ausf.G

    Overview of design changes to the main weapon of German Panzerwaffe.

    3.236
  • Sturmpanzer Ausf.I-IV

    2.384
  • 1
  • T-100

    The prototype T-100 was deployed in combat in the war against Finland at the turn of 1939/40 in the 20th Heavy Tank Brigade.

    1.008
  • T-150

    It is a modified KV-1 with a 76mm F-32 cannon. It had an enlarged thick frontal armor to 90mm, modifications to the tower and a few other minor modifications.

    300
  • T-23

    The T-23 tank was based on a lightweight towerless version of the T-18 tank design. The development of the T-23 tank took place simultaneously with the development of similar T-17, T-21, T-22 tanks in the period 1929/30.

    1.708
  • Tiger I - the dreaded beast

    History of the legendary German heavy tank.

    7.574
  • Tiger II - A worthy successor or a costly mistake?

    The article provides a summary of information on the development, production and modifications of the legendary successor of the dreaded Tiger I.

    7.880
  • TKS

    Before the outbreak of World War II, Polish designers planned to replace the machine gun with a cannon to increase the combat value of tanks, which at that time were already hopelessly obsolete and unable to fight the enemy's armored vehicles.

    2.036
  • Dicker Max

    The difficult road to failure. A strong man who failed. This can be called the development of a heavy self-propelled gun designed for the planned destruction of fortresses, which was used on the Soviet plains as a heavy tank destroyer.

    9.631
  • V-8-H

    The V-8-H was the first independent design of the ČKD company. It arose from experience in the joint construction of the ŠP-IIb infantry tank with the Škoda Plzeň company from 1936.

    1.663
  • Versuchflakwagen Leichte

    One of the first German attempts to create an anti-aircraft tank failed due to pick of the platform.

    6.188
  • VK 20.01 (D)

    Since 1938, there has been an effort to replace the medium tanks Pz.Kpfw.III and Pz.Kpfw.IV with a new type. The tank development program of the weight category of 20 tons bore the designation VK 20.XX.

    2.050
  • VK 20.01 (D) - the first German tank with a diesel engine

    It was a German custom to use petrol engines. Efforts to introduce diesel engines during World War II were numerous, but the first was the VK 20.01 project from Daimler-Benz.

    5.495
  • VK 30.01 (D)

    After the first experience with the new Soviet tanks T-34 and KV-1, there was an urgent effort to develop a new medium tank weighing 30 tons.

    5.116
  • VK 30.01 (D) - Panther from the competition

    At the time of the development of the new German medium tank, the future Panther of the MAN company, the Daimler Benz project was a direct competitor.

    5.950
  • VK 30.01 (H)

    After the initial tests of the tanks Durchbruchswagen I and Durchbruchswagen II, it was decided on September 9, 1938 to continue the further development of the tank weighing 30 tons.

    1.776
  • VK 30.01 (P) Leopard

    Shortly after the appointment of Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, under the chairman of the Panzerkommission in 9/1939, at his initiative at the end of 1939 was launched a new program to develop a new heavy tank weighing 25-30 tons, whose armament was to form a 7.5 cm cannon Kw.K. L / 24 or 10.5 cm cannon Kw.K.

    2.338
  • VK 36.01

    The program of development of a new tank called AW (Artilleriewagen) began in 1939. It was to be a heavy tank weighing about 80 tons, on which was to be placed a new tower of Krupp. The tower was cylindrical in shape. The cannon was to be protected by a strong front shield. The mounted weapon was to be 10.5 cm caliber with a barrel length of L / 20 - L / 28.

    1.898
  • VK 36.01 unsuccessful journey to the Tiger tank

    An unfulfilled but interesting development branch of the Tiger program.

    7.130
  • VK 45.01 (P)

    A direct competitor in the Tiger development competition from Ferdinand Porsche's design office. Power was transmitted to the drive wheels by a Siemens-Porsche electromechanical clutch.

    4.207
  • Wasserfall

    One of many German projects of guided anti-aircraft missiles from World War II.

    10.011
  • Z.W.40

    In the years 1940/41, an experimental series of 20 Pz.Kpfw III Ausf.G tanks was created. They were used to test a new type of undercarriage (Schachtellaufwerk), a chassis similar to that used in later types of tanks Panther and Tiger had large wheels and chassis groups from Fahrzeug und Motorenbau GmbH Breslau.

    1.790
  • „Rikstanken“ Norge

    In 1936, the Norwegian Royal Army expressed interest in the Swedish light tank Landsverk L-120. In 1938, the Swedes supplied the Norwegians with one platform for testing at a price of 30,000 Norwegian kroner.

    1.552

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