Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Tanker's Tuesday: M551 Sheridan

Development 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.


Friday, December 27, 2013

Megablitz and more: Funny Little Wars - the 2014 'Big Game'

Megablitz and more: Funny Little Wars - the 2014 'Big Game': Following discussions with Paul Wight about a follow-up to 2013's Little Wars centenary gathering, we now lay before you the followin...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tanker's Tuesday: BOLOS!

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
that often seemed to understand such concepts as "honor" and "duty"
better than some of their human commanders.
Laumer died a few years ago, and his work will be missed . . . especially
his stories and novels about Retief, the always-ready, always-brilliant
galactic diplomat. The Bolo stories have enjoyed a kind of renaissance,
however, as Baen Books began publishing a series of collections of new
Bolo stories, written by various authors. My "Hold Until Relieved"
appears in the fourth of these: Bolos Book 4: Last Stand.



A photo from last years attempted incurson into our
air space by another red suited saboteur.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas From The BEE

A Very Merry Christmas From The Imperial 
Household, And The C&C To All Loyal 
Subjects Of The Empire. 

May All Your Wars Be In Miniature And All 
Your Battles End In Camaraderie And A 
Hearty Hand Shake.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tanker's Tuesday: Vickers Independent Heavy Tank

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.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

War Devils (1969) WORLD WAR II ACTION

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...)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tanker's Tuesday:T35

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. It
was the only five-turreted heavy tank in the world to
reach 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
with the fighting compartments separated from each other. Some
of the turrets obscured the entrance hatches.

T-35 Soviet multi-turreted heavy tank

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tanker's Tuesday:T28 (Russian Version)

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 future models.