Strange Tanks Of The World

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    This one is 1930 dual tank - it has both wheels and tracks.
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    This one was made in Latvia when it was part of Russia in 1915. Looks like they were already familiar with eco-design basics.
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    Wow. A flying tank!!!

    It was a Russian T-60 combined with Antonov plane, tested in 1942 during WW2.
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    It was engineered and produced for usage in World War I, in 1915. It was called Tsar-Tank.
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    No full-size photo can be found.
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    This was a swimming tank with for tracks, back from 1965.
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    WWI - STRANGE ONE MAN GERMAN MINI ARMORED TANK
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    Half Tank
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    Not really a tank but one of the first very armored trucks, from 1914.
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    Russian UFO Tank
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    Its the Alkett-Raümgerät experimental mine clearer and probably the only one ever built
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    Canned Nazis, bouncing over the hills

    Not much is known about this WWII "spherical droid" - captured on the Eastern Front (in Manchuria) in 1945 and currently on display in Military Museum in Kubinka, Russia. This "brainchild" of German military thought had 5mm armor, driver's cab inside and two-stroke one-cylinder engine. By all appearances this machine was used as a reconnaissance vehicle.

    Multiple inquiries about the origins of this machine, made to German historians and tank specialists, so far draw a blank. It is speculated that Krupp could have built this as Reconnaissance Rollzeug (Rolling Vehicle). Thus it's often referred to as "Krupp Kugelpanzer", or "Ball Tank". Note the narrow-slitted visor at the front, and imagine a poor soul canned in such a fashion and sent bouncing down the hill...
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    Similar "Ball Tank" concept from an engineer in Texas:

    Popular Science, July 1936 described it as "a giant ball, a high-speed "tumbleweed tank" with a spherical hollow steel driving cab, enclosed by a rotating outer shell... The inventor states that the tank’s spherical shape presents the smallest possible target for enemy bombs or shells, and all but direct hits would glance off its curved sides." Not so impractical, after all, regardless of how crazy it looks.
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    ven earlier, there was a wilder concept:

    War Tank on One Wheel

    Popular Science, November 1933 - "Housed inside the armored body, the operator will steer the single main wheel by means of two small auxiliary wheels at the rear... by attaching propelling fins to the main wheel, the tank can be turned into an amphibian capable of plunging into a stream... As the tank rushes upon a trench or obstruction, the operator will drop the tubes so they dig into the earth and the whole machine will vault through the air to the other side! Without the armored body or the crutches, it is designed for highway use.
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    One-wheeled tanks were imagined before first World War in a quite spectacular way - the ultimate rolling destruction machine:
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    Mobile Fortification Unit

    An interesting "canned-operator" concept was also created in Germany in the beginning of the century, called The Fahrpanzer (mobile shielding). Rotating turret and 50mm gun made it a formidable little enclave. It was not motorized, however, and had very limited mobility. The only surviving specimen is on display at Royal Army Museum of Brussels:
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    Big-Wheel Battlewagon Design

    German commercial firm of the Bremen Hansa-Lloyd Works created the The Treffas-Wagen in 1917, which had huge wheels, heavy guns, weighed 18 tons, and needed a crew of four to operate. This unique monstrosity was not developed any further, to be replaced by even more interesting A7V model:
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    The First German Battletank from 1917 still looks the best

    A7V had the appearance of something from the Stormtrooper's arsenal, and perhaps influenced some concept designs for George Lucas' "Star Wars". This block of iron was over seven metres long and three metres in width and height. There were only 20 made at the end of World War I.
    Oleg Pomoshnikov at Gunpoint 3D has some 3D models created for this machine:
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    Another armored monster vehicle for all fantasy fans out there: MarienWagen Gepanzert was ordered by frantic Germans (who just saw first British tanks used at Somme) in 1916, designed by Hugo G. Bremer and built by Daimler. In all, 10 such "tanks" were made, equipped with two machine-guns and two 20mm cannons Bekker AA:
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    K-Wagen "Kolossal-Wagen" Super Heavy Breakthrough Tank:
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    Designed for planned service in 1919, it could be broken into four parts for rail transport and was to be operated by the crew of 22 men. Only two were built, but whoever built it were probably having nightmares for the rest of their lives.


    Russian Armored oddities:

    We'll start small. Here is MC-1 from 1929:
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    T-27 Armored Tankette developed by Soviets in the 1930s:
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    T-28 was much heavier, and presented the utmost in Soviet terror machine arsenal just before World War II. It was equipped with respectable 76.2mm cannon and was considered the most advanced medium tank in the world:
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    But this was nothing compared with the biggest and baddest: - T-35.
    Note the Nazi Germany soldier sharing his experiences with Stalinist Army, widely practiced cooperation just before the onset of World War II.
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    or consider this KV-2 from 1940:
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    or T-100 heavy tank, one of those called "Dreadnoughts" by their crews..
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    Want even bigger? How about this:

    Words fail me when I try to describe its intimidating might... Remember "Kolossal Wagen"? It's the one shown on the bottom left for size comparison in this picture.[​IMG]

    By the way, on the bottom right is one of the Hitler's macho dreams - the Maus. This would give you some idea what unspeakable scale was projected for the Soviet "Bolshevik" tank from 1932. Designed by German engineer E. Grotte, under contract with power-hungry Communists, this beauty had 24,000 horse-powers multiple engines, weighed 1000 tons, had 6 turrets and crew of sixty people. O... my.... God....
    It stayed only on paper, but these Russians had another shot at similar stupendous engineering:
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    Cold War Terror Machines

    At the height of Cold War in 1962 Soviet Army produced some interesting tank monsters, for example, rarely seen experimental Rocket Tanks. Code-named "Object 775" and "Object 780" they were heavily modified T-64 tanks sporting 125mm cannon capable to shoot guided rocket "Rubin" missiles...
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    Now upgrade this to nuclear!

    Soviets decided to go all the way in 1954 and develop SAU "Kondensator" armored vehicles with ability to shoot nuclear missiles...

    "OKA" was introduced in 1957 to show the world who's the "biggest of them all" and had 420mm cannon, such tremendous caliber deemed necessary because of inability of Russian engineers to make more compact nuclear payloads.
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    Stalin's Heavy Tank
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    American T95 and T28

    Allies came up with a few GIANT TANKS, too. T95 and T28 had a shape somewhat similar to German "Maus" prototypes. This thread (in Spanish) discusses their history and has more images.
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