Just like every other military occupational specialty has its own form of military slang, tankers have their own lingo. How many of these terms do you know?
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Years ago Discovery started Shark Week. Sharknados aside, we have nothing against sharks. We just like tanks and AFVs better.
Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles. From the earliest incarnations of H.G. Wells “Land Ironclad” to the most current Main Battle Tank, we’re all interested in tanks.
Hence, Tank Week.
We read up on tank history, we’re interested to see how tank armor holds up in Mosul, Raqqa, and Marawi. We play World of Tanks, watch tank movies, and enjoy tank-related fiction, from Buettner’s Overkill to (duh) Hammer’s Slammers.
It seems only reasonable that we dedicate a week or so to tanks and tank-related topics every year or two. Hopefully, our readers agree.
Above: Sherman tanks supporting 162nd Infantry Regiment at Hollandia (Dutch East Indies) in 1944 during Operation Reckless (part of the New Guinea campaign).
Below: M1A1 Abrams MBT (Main Battle Tank) of the 1st Armored Division (A Company, Task Force 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team) patrols Baghdad.
*A handful of us misses Chrissie Watkins, though we were barely old enough to understand the hardon that resulted from her skinny-dipping scene.
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5 Scale Model Tankers To Admire | Tank Week
Tanks are a favorite subject for scale modelers, sculptors, and other artists. Today we're gonna share five scale model "tankers" whose work we admire. Many of these are in 1/35 scale; several or are not. Now, in no...
The Beast: Tank porn with heart
Today the tremendous talent of Mike Durand joins us once again to break down a modern tanker classic: The Beast. While you're at it, reacquaint yourself with his work by digesting The Browning Hi-Power: A Love Story . Want a...
Britain’s Tank Killer: The PIAT Gun
Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank | Britannic anti-armor Peter Suciu During the First World War, the British looked to break the stalemate through the “landship program,” which was headed by First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. The program considered creating...
The Russki RKG-3 Anti-Tank Hammer | WCW
In an era when most anti-tank weapons either kill from unseen distances, like anti-tank guided missiles, or require the death of the user, like car bombs, the Russians have an old AT weapon that...
Type 97 Anti-Tank Rifle | WCW
The Japanese Type 97 Anti-Tank Rifle would have really sucked to hump this through the jungle. Its development was understandable, if myopic, and the felt recoil (which would beat the living shit out of you) made it about as fun to shoot as a sawed-off punt gun. But...
The Tanker’s Pilgrimage | Tank Week
If you were a tanker, or you're a tank-loving historian, you'll want to learn more about the Tanker's Pilgrimage, or perhaps to make it yourself. Much like faithful Muslims and their Hajj, I...
Slaying Daesh: An American Advisor in Iraq
This article was originally published in June of 2016. I once read a novel about a Vietnam veteran’s life after homecoming. In one scene he’s alone in a bar in April 1975, transfixed to a TV, drinking away...
Roads to Moscow | A Haunting Song of History’s Most Devastating War
Bucky Lawson tells up about a song that begins with a Russian soldier on the morning of 22 June 1941, when Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa.
The Wonders of Tanker Helmets
Since the first tanks rolled across the battlefield during World War I 100 years ago at the Battle of the Somme, armored crews have required specialized equipment to protect them inside their giant metal beasts. At first this often meant adopting existing head...