Thursday, 10 May 2012

Tank 2

Dark Roasted Blend continues it's look at armoured oddities'

1 comment:

  1. Two trivia notes.

    The "Holt One-Man Tank" was remarkably close to the German WW2 "Goliath" remote-controlled demolition vehicle, used by the Wehrmacht's Pioniere (combat engineer) units against pillboxes, etc., on the Ostfront.

    The "MK VII International" tank was also known as the "Liberty" in US service, due to its Liberty inline engine; it began the U.S. practice of using repurposed aircraft engines to power tanks, culminating in the air-cooled diesels of the M48/M60 series, and the turbine engine of the Abrams.

    Also, the MK VII Liberty was the original pattern for the mocked-up tank seen in the movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". That particular vehicle was modified by replacing the fixed machine-gun barbette on top with a turret from a real British Valentine MK III infantry tank, complete with two-pounder (40mm) anti-tank gun. No, I don't know where they got the "Val" turret from.