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Military Vehicles - 1940 to 1949

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/21/2014

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There are a total of 174 Military Vehicles from 1940 to 1949 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1941
10.5cm K gepanzerte Selbstfahrlafette IVa (Dicker Max)
The 10.5cm K gepanzerte Selbstfahrlafette was a developmental tank destroyer for the German Army in World War 2 that was init...
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1942
12.8 cm Selbstfahrlafette auf VK3001(H) (Sturer Emil)
The battlefields of World War 2 became the domain of the tank within time. The German Blitzkriegs of 1939 and 1940 showcased ...
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1942
12.8cm Flakzwilling 40
The double 12.8 cm (128mm) "Flakzwilling 40" was a variant of the very successful 12.8 cm FlaK 40 that was designed to replac...
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1940
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1940
38M Toldi
The Hungarian Toldi Light Tank was born from the Swedish AB Landsverk L-60 Light Tank, a tracked, turreted, armored fighting ...
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1941
40M Turan I / 41M Turan II
The Skoda Works concern of Czechoslovakia was the largest producer of weaponry for the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World W...
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1943
43M Zrinyi
The 43M Zrinyi tracked assault gun was of Hungarian origin and designed from their Turan Medium Tank family during World War ...
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1943
8cm Raketen-Vielfachwerfer
So impressed (and in dire need) were the Germans with the simplicity of the Soviet 82mm M-8 Katyusha rocket line that they de...
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1942
AEC Armored Car
Associated Equipment Company (AEC) of London began operations in the automotive field as early as 1912. With its tremendous s...
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1944
Archer (SPG)
In order to "upgun" its available inventory to become more efficient predators against the growing armor thickness of German ...
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1949
ARL 44
Before World War 2, the nation of France was the world's second producer of combat tanks behind only the Soviet Union. Howeve...
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1940
Autoblinda 40/41 (AB 40/41)
Land combat of World War 2 went beyond the storied engagements involving masses of tank formations. A portion of this combat ...
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1942
Bishop SPA
In the decades following World War 1, the British Army rewrote their armored warfare doctrine to include two distinct groups ...
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1949
BM-24 MLRS
The Soviet Army found tremendous value in the relatively inexpensive wheeled self-propelled rocket projector, perhaps more so...
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1941
BM-8-24 MLRS
The BM-8-24 was a rather simplistic conversion of Soviet Army T-40 and T-60 light tanks to serve as rocket launcher carriers ...
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1941
BMW R75
The motorcycle with sidecar was popularized in the inherent mobility of German Army, especially in the early stages of World ...
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1940
Carro Armato L6/40
The Carro Armato L6/40 series was manufactured by the Italian concern of Fiat-Ansaldo from 1939 to 1944 to which 283 examples...
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1940
Carro Armato M11/39
The Fiat M11/39 Medium Tank was another in the long line of tanks born from the influential British Vickers 6-Ton of 1928 (by...
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1940
Carro Armato M13/40
The M13/40 was the next logical evolution of the M11/39 medium tank series of 1939 and introduced improved armor protection a...
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1941
Carro Armato M14/41
The Carro Armato M14/41 served in the medium tank role for the Italian Army (as well as a few notable others) during World ...
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1943
Carro Armato M15/42
The Italian Carro Armato M.15/42 medium tank was nothing more than a further development of the M.14/41 series with one of th...
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1940
Carro Armato P40 (Carro Pesante P40)
The Carro Armato P40 (more formally Carro Pesante P26/40 for "Heavy Tank P40") was one of the more impressive Italian tank de...
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1945
Centurion (A41)
Though requested as early as 1943 and entering production in January of 1945, the British Centurion Main Battle Tank arrived ...
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1945
Coventry Armored Car
Throughout most of World War 2, the British Army stocked its armored car inventory with two major car types - the Daimler and...
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1944
Cruiser Tank Comet (A34)
The Comet Cruiser tank was Britain's most powerful combat tank system of World War 2. It arrived in the latter phases of the ...
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1940
Cruiser Tank Mk II (A10)
In 1934, Sir John Carden of the Vickers-Armstrong concern began work on a fast, mobile tank requested by the British War Offi...
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1940
Cruiser Tank Mk IV (A13)
After World War 1 (1914-1918), and the introduction of the "tank" as a viable battlefield piece, the British Army adopted the...
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1940
Cruiser Tank Mk V Covenanter (A13)
With the Cruiser Tank Mk IV, the British Army found a replacement for its limited-value Mk III series. However, the Mk IV was...
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1941
Cruiser Tank Mk VI Crusader
The Crusader series of British cruiser tanks was an important contributor to the early war years, particularly in North Afric...
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1942
Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Centaur (A27L)
The Centaur series of British combat tanks was a product of Leyland Motors and developed alongside the competing Cromwell ser...
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1943
Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Challenger (A30)
The Challenger Mk VIII Cruiser was a British response to the very real and deadly threat being posed by German armor on the b...
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1943
Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Cromwell (A27M)
The Cromwell (officially known as Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Cromwell (A27M)) was one of two design proposals submitted to fulfi...
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1941
Cruiser Tank Ram
Like most of the Allied nations at the start of World War 2, Canada saw itself with an outdated armor corps made up of mostly...
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1943
Cruiser Tank Ram Kangaroo
The "Kangaroo" name in Canadian Army service covered a group of Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) that were modifications of ...
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1942
Cruiser Tank Sentinel AC (Australian Cruiser)
The Sentinel tank was an indigenous Australian design of World War 2, appearing at a time when Australia lacked the tank-desi...
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1940
Daimler Scout Car (Dingo)
In studies of World War 2 armored vehicles, it becomes for the reader to overlook the small, compact, lightly armed and armor...
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1941
Dodge G505 1/2-ton
From World War 1 the US Army had a relationship with Dodge and ordered from them light military half-ton trucks during World ...
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1942
Dodge WC54 3/4-ton
The Dodge Model WC54 3/4-ton military ambulance was manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation, Dodge Brothers Division from th...
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1940
FCM F1
The heavy tank existed as a category of armored warfare from the closing days of World War 1 (1914-1918) to the end days of W...
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1944
Flakpanzer IV Ostwind (East Wind)
The limitations of the earlier quad-20mm-armed, Panzer IV tank-based "Wirbelwind" Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) sy...
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1944
Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind (Whirlwind)
As the Allied air campaign against German interests during World War 2 increased in both its intensity and results, it fell t...
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1941
Ford GP / GPW (Government Pygmy)
In 1939, the United States Army invited some 135 to 165 manufacturing companies to submit design proposals within a 75-day t...
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1942
Ford GTB (G-622) (Burma Jeep)
Logistical vehicles have always proven the lifeblood of any far-ranging conflict and World War 2 was no different particularl...
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1942
GAZ BA-64
Despite the heavy shift to tracked armored combat vehicles during World War 2, the massive Soviet Army understood the value i...
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1943
GAZ-67
All of the Allied powers of World War 2 enjoyed success with the American-designed Bantam/Willys "JEEP" - a 4x4, multi-role u...
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1941
GMC CCKW 353 (Jimmy / Deuce-and-a-Half)
Before America's involvement in World War 2 began in late 1941, the US Army sent out a requirement to interested American man...
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1942
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1943
Grizzly I Cruiser
Like Australia, Canada also found itself without much of an armored corps (or facilities to produce such systems) at the star...
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1940
Half-Track Car M2 / M9
The United States Army learned by experience in World War 1 that trying to move men and machine through mud and snow proved a...
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1941
Half-Track Personnel Carrier M3
No image of the American military effort in World War 2 is complete without the appearance of the M3 Half-Track vehicle. The ...
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1942
Harley Davison WLA
The Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company started selling bikes in 1904 and, by 1920, it had become the largest motorcycle compa...
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1945
Infantry Tank Churchill (A43) Black Prince
The Black Prince Infantry Tank was the ultimate evolution of the storied Churchill Infantry Tank of the British Army that saw...
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1940
Infantry Tank Mk III Valentine
Considered one of the more successful British tank designs of the early war years, the Valentine series served both British a...
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1941
Infantry Tank Mk IV Churchill (A22)
The Churchill served the British Army and allied forces as the most important of its type during World War 2 (1939-1945), riv...
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1944
Infantry Tank Valiant (A38)
British Army "Specification A38" called for a new infantry/assault tank intended for service in the Asia-Pacific Theater duri...
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1943
IS-1 / JS-1 (Josef Stalin)
The IS-1 was born out of a Soviet Army need for more formidable tracked weapon systems to combat the ever-growing power of Ge...
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1943
IS-2 / JS-2 (Josef Stalin)
The Soviet Army need for ever-more formidable tracked firepower came to the forefront after losses of much territory to the i...
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1945
IS-3 / JS-3 (Josef Stalin)
The IS-3 (also "Joseph Stalin" or "Iosef Stalin" IS3) heavy tank was a continuation of the successful series of tanks fielded...
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1943
Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
The Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" was developed from the PzKpfW 38(t) light tank which was itself derived from the original Czech...
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1940
Karl-Gerat 040 / 041
The Karl-Gerat (040/041) (or "Karl device" in German) was a self-propelled siege howitzer designed and built by Rheinmetall i...
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1942
Krupp Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte (Rat)
The Landkreuzer P.1000 "Ratte" (translating to "Rat") was a proposed super-heavy tank design of the German Krupp concern with...
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1942
Krupp Landkreuzer P.1500 Monster
With Germany fully committed to total war in Europe and Africa and seemingly holding all of the advantage heading into 1942, ...
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1940
KV-2 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
The KV-2 assault gun tank was developed from the KV-1 series of heavy tanks appearing in 1939-1940 with the Red Army. Whereas...
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1943
KV-85 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
The KV-85 was an interim heavy tank solution requested by Soviet authorities to help combat the arrival of the mighty German ...
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1941
Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT-2 / LVT-4) (Alligator / Water Buffalo)
The LVT ("Landing Vehicle Tracked") began a long line of amphibious tracked American military vehicles for the US Army and Ma...
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1942
M10 Gun Motor Carriage (Wolverine / Achilles)
When the United States Army successfully mated the chassis of the M4 Sherman to the 105mm field howitzer to create the new M7...
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1942
M12 Gun Motor Carriage
When the United States committed its vast resources and manufacturing prowess to world war in December of 1941, it found itse...
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1943
M18 Gun Motor Carriage (Hellcat)
The M18 "Hellcat" served as the finest example of an American Army tank destroyer in World War 2. The type was fast, agile, w...
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1945
M19 Gun Motor Carriage (M19 Twin 40mm)
The M19 Twin 40mm (M19 Gun Motor Carriage) self-propelled anti-aircraft system was developed towards the tail-end of World Wa...
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1943
M20 (G-176)
The M20 (U.S. Army identifier of G-176) was a reconnaissance/general purpose utility car adopted by the United States Army du...
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1943
M22 Locust
After witnessing the successes of the German airborne divisions to take over most of Western Europe in the opening salvos of ...
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1944
M24 Chaffee (Light Tank, M24)
The Light Tank, M24 "Chaffee" was the chosen successor to the M5 "Stuart" light tank line which began with the pre-war M3 Stu...
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1945
M26 Pershing
The M26 "Pershing" made its official appearance towards the end of World War 2 and was appropriately named after World War 1 ...
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1942
M29 Weasel / Water Weasel
After the German invasion of Norway (April 1940) during World War 2 (1939-1945), British inventor Geoffrey Pyke (1893-1948) c...
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1941
M3 Gun Motor Carriage (75mm)
After considering the German strategy used in its conquer of the Low Countries and France during the 1940 campaigns, the Unit...
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1942
M3 Lee / M3 Grant (Medium Tank, M3)
The M3 medium tank series appeared at a time when Allied armor (in respects to both armor protection and armament) was genera...
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1940
M3 Scout Car (White Scout Car)
Numerically, the White Scout Car (designated as the "G-067" and "M3A1" in U.S. Army nomenclature) was a resounding wartime su...
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1941
M3 Stuart (Light Tank, M3)
The M3 "Stuart" Light Tank became the primary light tank vehicle for the United States Army heading into World War 2 (1939-19...
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1944
M36 Gun Motor Carriage (Jackson / Slugger)
The United States Army was fielding the capable M10 series as its standard tank destroyer of World War 2. It was produced fro...
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1945
M37 Gun Motor Carriage
The M37 Gun Motor Carriage was a self-propelled gun of the American military appearing towards the end of World War 2. The ty...
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1944
M38 Wolfhound
The M38 was intended as a replacement for the ubiquitous, go-anywhere, do-anything M8 Greyhound series of armored reconnaissa...
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1942
M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)
The M4 Sherman series of medium tanks proved an invaluable asset to Allied operations North Africa, Europe and the Pacific th...
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1945
M40 Gun Motor Carriage
With the conversion of M3 Lee Medium Tanks to the successful 155mm-armed M12 Gun Motor Carriage, work began on an improved ty...
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1945
M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage
With the arrival of the M24 "Chaffee" Light Tank during World War 2, and work into several successful conversions of existing...
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1945
M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage
The M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage was a World War 2 (1939-1945) development and a further evolution of the M40 Gun Motor Carria...
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1943
M5 3-inch AT
Since British and French tanks made their presence along the West Front during World War 1 (1914-1918), it fell to the German...
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1942
M5 Stuart (Light Tank, M5) (Stuart VI)
The M5 "Stuart" (also "General Stuart") was an extension of the original M3 Stuart Light Tank line of 1941 and brought about ...
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1940
M6 (Heavy Tank M6)
Tank design and production during the interwar years following World War 1 were extremely limited, leaving only a few select ...
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1942
M7 (Priest)
The M7 "Priest" (known formally as the "105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7") was the principle mobile artillery system for Alli...
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1941
M8 Greyhound (Light Armored Car M8)
One of the unsung American heroes of World War 2 was the venerable M8 Greyhound wheeled armored car series. The type was prod...
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1942
M8 Scott (Howitzer Motor Carriage M8)
For expediency and logistical sake during World War 2, the Americans took the chassis and hull of their M5 "Stuart" Light Tan...
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1942
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1940
Medium Tank M2
In many ways, the M2 Medium Tank was a stepping stone design for American armored warfare leading up to World War 2. The more...
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1947
Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG (UNIversal-MOtor-Gerat)
German infrastructure went through a critical rebuilding phase following World War 2. While its arms producing sectors were h...
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1945
Panzerkampfwagen E-100 (Tiger Maus)
Germany tried its hand at heavy tank development prior to World War 2 in the early 1930s, producing five examples of the plod...
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1943
SdKfz 124 (Wespe)
Despite the focus by German vehicle engineers to produce excellent frontline combat tanks during World War 2, there appeared ...
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1942
SdKfz 131/132 Marder II (Marten II)
Much like the Marder I before it, the Marder II (Marten II) was a purpose conversion tank destroyer based on an existing tank...
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1942
SdKfz 135 Marder I (Marten I)
After the Fall of France, Germany confiscated several hundred Tractor Blinde 37L (commonly known as "Lorraine Tractors") whic...
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1942
SdKfz 138 Marder III (Marten III)
Marder III systems was yet another hastily modified conversion model of existing Panzer II tank chassis overstock. With the P...
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1943
SdKfz 138/1 Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Grille
World War 1 taught all of the world's armies that tanks would soon be replacing the mounted cavalryman. Such an evolution wou...
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1940
SdKfz 142 StuG III (Sturmgeshutz III)
The StuG III served as an assault gun in the German Army during World War 2. The platform stemmed from a German Army need to ...
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1943
SdKfz 162 Jagdpanzer IV (Panzerjager 39)
First appearing in 1943, the Jagdpanzer IV was designed in response to a German need for an upgunned artillery vehicle to rep...
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1943
SdKfz 164 Hornisse / Nashorn
The SdKfz 164 came about from the existing weapon carrier vehicle designed to lug the sFH 18 artillery gun. This vehicle was ...
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1943
SdKfz 166 Sturmpanzer IV (Brummbar)
The SdKfz 166 " Sturmpanzer IV" (perhaps better known to most readers as the "Brummbar") was an early German World War 2 heav...
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1943
SdKfz 167 StuG IV
The StuG IV (or Sturmgeschutz IV, SdKfz 167) was a newer approach to the successful StuG III tank destroyer / assault gun lin...
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1943
SdKfz 171 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther (PzKpfW V) / Panzer 5
Though initially mechanically unreliable at her inception, the Panther medium tank of the German Army went on to become one o...
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1944
SdKfz 173 Jagdpanther (Panzerjager V Jagdpanther)
The Jagdpanther was something of the "missing link" to complete battlefield domination for the Germany Army during World War ...
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1942
SdKfz 181 Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I (PzKpfW VI) / Panzer 6)
The Tiger heavy tank served the German Army during the latter years of World War 2. She proved a most powerful design and an ...
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1944
SdKfz 182 Panzerkampfwagen VIB Tiger II / King Tiger (PzKpfw VIB) / Panzer 6B
Of all of the operational combat tanks fielded in the World War 2, the German "Tiger II" was the best combination of armor pr...
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1943
SdKfz 184 Panzerjager Tiger (P) (Ferdinand / Elephant)
While the Panzer I and Panzer II light tanks were already in circulation within the German Army in the mid-1930s, it became c...
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1944
SdKfz 186 Jagdtiger (Hunting Tiger)
The Jagdtiger ("Hunting Tiger") served as the most powerful armored vehicle of World War 2 and was a further development of t...
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1941
SdKfz 2 kleines Kettenkraftrad (Kettenkrad)
One of the most identifiable of the German half-tracked pieces of World War 2 became the SdKfz 2 kleines Kettenkraftrad Typ H...
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1943
SdKfz 205 Panzerkampfwagen VIII (PzKpfW VIII) / Maus
The Panzerkampfwagen Pz.Kpf.W. VIII (Sd.Kfz. 205) "Maus" (ironically named the "Mouse") was a "superheavy" tank development u...
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1943
SdKfz 234 (Puma)
The SdKfz 234 (generally known as the "Puma") was a key 8-wheeled, armed reconnaissance platform utilized by the German Army ...
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1940
SdKfz 252 leiche Gepanzerte Munitionskraftwagen
As the German Army began is massive expansion and rearmament in the 1930s, its requirements grew in turn. By the time of the ...
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1942
SdKfz 302 / SdKfz 303 leichte Ladungstrager Goliath
The small "Goliath" engineering vehicle was one of the most intriguing German land weapons of World War 2. Classified as a "t...
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1941
Semovente 90/53
The Semovente 90/53 ("Semovente M.41M da 90/53") is generally regarded as the most powerful of the available tank destroyers ...
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1942
Semovente L.40 da 47/32
The Semovente L.40 da 47/32 served with Italian and German army elements throughout World War 2. Though never noted for their...
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1943
Sexton SPG
The Canadian Sexton Self Propelled Gun (SPG) was constructed to utilize a 25-pound round, the same ammunition being used as a...
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1944
Sherman Calliope (Rocket Launcher, T34)
The attempt to mate a multiple rocket launching system to a vehicle was nothing new by 1944. The Soviets were already finding...
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1944
Sherman Jumbo (Medium Tank, M4A3E2)
Long before the Invasion of Normandy in northern France was finalized, American warplanners were aware of the fact that the G...
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1944
Sherman VC Firefly (Medium Tank, M4A4)
Outwardly, the Sherman Firefly series of tank destroyers looked every bit like their M4 Sherman base counterparts. Closer exa...
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1940
Stridsvagn m/39 (Strv m/39)
With the deteriorating condition on the European mainland during the opening phases of World War 2 (1939-1945), neutral Swede...
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1941
Stridsvagn m/40 (Strv m/40)
The Stridsvagn Strv m/40 Light Tank was the first Swedish combat tank to be ordered in useful quantity - its total manufactur...
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1943
Stridsvagn m/42 (Strv m/42)
The culmination of Swedish tank work prior to, and during, World War 2 became the Stridsvagn Strv m/42 introduced in 1943. Th...
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1941
Studebaker US6
In April 1941, with World War in Europe on the horizon once more, the U.S. government entered into a contract with the Studeb...
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1944
Sturmtiger / Sturmmorserwagen / Sturmpanzer VI
The Sturmtiger was a German mobile assault gun development that appeared in few numbers during the latter years of World War ...
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1944
SU-100
After the might of the German Army had pressed deep into Soviet Russia, it was stopped at the gates of Moscow by a lack of su...
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1942
SU-122
In June of 1941, German leader Adolph Hitler turned his attention the invasion of the Soviet Union. Though initially catching...
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1942
SU-152 / ISU-152 (Zveroboy)
By mid-1942 the Soviet Army needed a mobile heavy siege gun for fixed fortifications. Up to this point, most Soviet howitzers...
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1942
SU-76 (Suchka)
On June 22, 1941 Germany invaded the Soviet Union and caught them unaware. Hitler's goal was to eliminate the Soviets as a m...
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1943
SU-85
After the invasion of the Soviet Union by former ally Germany, the Red Army was put on its heels in attempting to stem the ti...
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1944
T14 (Assault Tank T14)
The joint American-British T14 Heavy Tank assault tank program began in the early part of World War 2 (1939-1945) when both n...
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1942
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1941
T19 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage (HMC)
The "105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage T19" (105mm HMC T19) was yet another offshoot of the ubiquitous and wide-reaching American...
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1945
T28 Super Heavy Tank (Gun Motor Carriage T95)
The T28 heavy tank was the largest tank ever developed for the US Military. Built in 1945 to counter the new generation of Ge...
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1944
T29 (Heavy Tank T29)
As World War 2 progressed on all fronts in favor of the Allies, attention began to turn to the final thrust required in Europ...
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1945
T30 (Heavy Tank T30)
The T30 was developed for the American Army during the latter stages of World War 2 to counter the appearance of German Army ...
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1940
T-34
To Red Army authorities, it was becoming painfully clear that the BT series of "fast tanks" was not the long term answer for ...
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1943
T-34/85
The T-34/85 was essentially categorized as an "up-gunned" version of the successful base T-34 medium tank designed and built ...
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1941
T-40
In the period following World War 1, there came a global military movement centering on more cost-effective, light-class comb...
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1944
T-44
Even as the fabled T-34 Medium Tank was coming online within the inventory of the Red Army during World War 2, thought was al...
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1949
T-54
The T-54 series of Soviet main battle tank came about in the search for a viable replacement for the war-winning T-34 Medium ...
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1941
T-60
The T-60 light scout tank was designed and developed to replace the outclassed T-38 series of amphibious light scout tank and...
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1942
T-70
In October of 1941 - four months after the German invasion of the Soviet Union through "Operation Barbarossa" - engineers of ...
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1945
T92 240mm Howitzer Motor Carriage (HMC)
Despite the tide of war turning in favor of the Allies throughout early 1945, weapons development persisted at feverish rate....
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1944
Tank, Heavy Assault, Tortoise (A39)
The British Army "Tortoise" (Tank, Heavy Assault, Tortoise A39) was one example in the seemingly long line of "super heavy ta...
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1940
Tank, Heavy, TOG 1
Still fearing that a potential war enveloping Europe would turn into the trench-based slogfests that were World War 1, a grou...
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1940
Tank, Heavy, TOG 2
Like the Germans, Soviets and Americans in World War 2, the British also invested time and money into the design and developm...
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1941
Type 1 Chi-He
In the 1930s, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) introduced the Type 97 Chi-Ha series of medium-class infantry support tanks to...
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1945
Type 120 O-I
The Germans, Soviets, British and Americans were not the only ones seriously considering the development of "super heavy tank...
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1942
Type 2 Ka-Mi
Development of the Type 2 began in 1928 and was the Army's attempt to turn the Type 95 Kyu-Go light tank into an amphibious v...
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1944
Type 3 Chi-Nu
Realizing their tank force was largely inadequate in dealing with Allied armor across the Pacific Campaign, the Imperial Japa...
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1943
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1945
Type 4 Chi-To
While the Imperial Japanese Army enjoyed a tremendous period of success through the opening phases of the war across Asia and...
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1942
Type 4 Ho-Ro
Despite its formidable reach in the early stages of World War 2, the Japanese Army fell behind her contemporaries in several ...
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1945
Type 5 Chi-Ri
The Type 5 "Chi-Ri" was a further evolution of the preceding Type 4 "Chi-To" development - both becoming unrealized medium ta...
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1942
Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha
Regarded by many as the best quantitative Japanese tank fielded during all of World War 2, the Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha was ac...
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1942
Type 98 AA (Ko-Hi)
The Type 98 "Ko-Hi" halftrack was developed by the Isuzu concern as a self-propelled air defense artillery system for use by ...
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1940
Volkswagen Kubel / Kubelwagen
The Volkswagen ("People's Car") was the product of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz engineering and design originating in 1933 at Ad...
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1941
Willys MB (Jeep)
Perhaps no other vehicle of the US Army war effort concerning World War 2 was as iconic as the wartime "Jeep" (save perhaps t...
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1941
ZiS-30
In June of 1941, Germany's attention turned to their loose ally, the Soviet Union, as Hitler enacted "Operation Barbarossa". ...
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1945
ZSU-37
The ZSU-37 was born out of a Soviet Army need for Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) protection in World War 2 (1939-19...
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