of the M551 Sheridan began in 1959. It's program was known as the
AR/AAV or Armored Reconnaissance / Airborne Assault Vehicle. First
prototypes were built in 1962 and production commenced in 1966.
Vehicle is named in honor to Civil War General Philip Sheridan. A
total of 1 700 M551 Sheridan light tanks were built until 1970, when
production ceased. The M551 Sheridan replaced the M41 tanks and M56
self-propelled guns in service with the US Army. Sheridans were
gradually phased out of service since 1978, however last vehicles
were decommissioned in 1996. Currently the US Army has no real
replacement for this light tank.
Keith Laumer was a well-known and respected science fiction writer
who, during the 1960s, began writing short stories featuring sentient
robotic tanks known as Bolos, huge and powerful combat machines
often seemed to understand such concepts as "honor" and "duty"
than some of their human commanders.
Laumer died a few years ago, and his work will be missed . . .
his stories and novels about Retief, the always-ready,
galactic diplomat. The Bolo stories have enjoyed a kind
however, as Baen Books began publishing a series of
collections of new
Bolo stories, written by various authors. My "Hold
appears in the fourth of these: Bolos Book 4: Last Stand.
The Independent A1E1 is a multi-turreted tank that was designed
by the British armaments manufacturer Vickers between the First
and Second World Wars. Although it only ever reached the prototype
stage it influenced many other tank designs.
The A1E1 design can be seen as a possible influence on the Soviet T-100
and T-28 tanks, the German Neubaufahrzeug tanks, and the British Medium
Mk III and Cruiser Mk I (triple turret) tank designs. The Soviet T-35 tank
was based extremely closely on its plans and layout. http://arcaneafvs.com/a1.html
Really bad movie made in 1969, of note allot of Egyptian equipment
used by the Germans, hordes of model M47s attacking, every solider
on both sides armed with sub-machine guns. Starts out in North Africa
then moves to France. Extremely poorly made but fun none the less....
Tim, Bill you'll get a kick out of this one...)
The T-35 was a Soviet multi-turreted heavy tank of the
interwar period and early Second World War that saw
limited production and service with the Red Army.
was the only five-turreted heavy tank in the world to
production but proved to be slow and mechanically
unreliable. Most of
the T-35 tanks still operational at the
time of Operation Barbarossa were lost due to mechanical
failure rather than enemy action.
Outwardly it was large but internally the spaces were cramped
the fighting compartments separated from each other. Some
of the turrets
obscured the entrance hatches.
Just for Tim, here's the one with all the turrets!
The Soviet T–28 was a multi-turreted tank that was among the world's first medium tanks.
The prototype was completed in 1931, and production began in late 1932.
It was an infantry‑support tank intended to break through fortified
defences. The T–28 was designed to complement the heavier T–35
(also multi-turreted), with which it shared turret designs. The type
did not have much success in combat, but it played an important role as a
development project for the Soviet designers. A series of new ideas and
solutions were tried out on the T–28 which were later incorporated in
The Evil Empire on the Brazos (BEE) chronicles the on going wars (games) and the diplomatic efforts (Posts/GNN Reports) of all the known nations (wargame collections) in my little area of the galaxy.My goal is to both entertain
and inform those new to art of miniature wargaming, and have a few laughs with it. This Blog is open to all and also welcomes comment from all and I hope that many will come to join in the madness.....)