Type 99 (China)


Leopard 2 A4 (Greece)


Leopard 2 A7 (Denmark)


The Hotchkiss H-35 Tank

Hotchkiss H35 tanks in service with the 7. SS-Freiwilligen Gebirgs-Division “Prinz Eugen” in the Balklans, 1941.


LeClerc (France)


Europe – 242 AD

Gordian III’s Persian War ( summer 242). Pupienus and Balbinus ruled Rome for just a few months before they were assassinated by the Praetorian Guard in July 238, leaving the 13-year-old Gordian III as sole emperor. Meanwhile, Sasanian Persia continued to expand, capturing Hatra, capital of the Roman-aligned Kingdom of Araba, in 240 or 241. From Hatra, the Persians invaded the Roman Empire itself, leading Gordian to rally his troops and declare war in 242.


If you’re not Dutch, you’re not much.” And that says a lot since I’m not Dutch… Though I do have Fresian ancestors (way back). Would that count?


Otto von Bismarck


  1. Met a guy who had a Friesian stallion a few years back Beautiful animal and his was well trained.
    My tank experience was a single familiarization stint in an M60. Not hard to drive, just a t-bar, accelerator, and brake. Topped out at about 35. When it came to tracks I had more experience with the 113, then later I was assigned to drive the company 578. Those would go 40-45 flat out on pavement. More fun.

        • He really had to show his chops as a gunner to be moved up. While still the driver he would sometimes pull moves, out on the practice course, that had other tankers scratching their heads and asking how he did that.
          I think it helped that he never drove a car, or had a license, until just before going into the army. It made it easier to become one with the tank.

  2. Expensive beasts and not all costs are obvious. When the Abrams was introduced in Germany, many bridges and roads needed changed so they could go where needed (Fulda Gap).

    Our float bridge company had a problem with tankers locking a track and bending our decking. Our briefing to the drivers went something like this. “Locking up your track on our bridge bends the deck and we spend hours with crowbars fixing it. I see all of you grinning. Our turn to grin comes when we provide the safety boats for your fording exercises. We have long memories. Hope you can swim”.

    • I think that the more modern bridges can better manage the M-1, but it’s a tank, it’s heavy, and it bends and breaks stuff.

    • I never knew that they could cross a river on pilings but it’s a tank. I don’t think that I would have wanted to be in the beast when it crossed like that. If it flipped into the water, inverted, it would be hard to get out before you went to that big tanker reunion in the sky.

  3. It still amazes me that the only ones who can’t make German tanks work are… the Germans. Even the Turks have managed to do a halfway decent job with theirs. But the Krauts? Most are sidelined for various reasons, like destroyed fuel systems due to bio-diesel and such. Sad, so very sad.

    • Germany has been in decline for some years. Their submarines, U-boats, don’t work. They just sit in the dock, rusting.

      How are those million military age male Muslims working out for them?

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