Tank Research

I’d been thinking about writing a novel based on a short story I’d written late last year and recently just sold to Fictionvale Magazine this past November. Over the past month, I’ve used National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) as a means to jumpstart this novel. In the process of writing the novel, which takes place in World War II, I’ve frequently struggled with trying to imagine what it was really like to be on one of the armored vehicles of the period, and that’s after accounting for my extensive experience on modern tanks as a cavalry officer in the United States Army.

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to visit the world’s largest private collection of armored vehicles this past weekend on Jacques Littlefield’s estate in Portola Valley before it is shuttered and its collection scattered to the four winds. Apparently, my tour group was one of the last to see the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation‘s full $30 million collection before it transfers some of its pieces to a museum in Stow, Massachusetts and auctions off the remainder to private collectors.

Below are some pictures of World War II tanks, anti-tank guns, and armored vehicles from Littlefield’s collection. At some point in the future, I plan to post pictures of some of the more modern equipment (e.g., T-72 tank, SCUD-A and SCUD-B missile launchers, among others), but I wanted to keep this post focused on World War II.

Enjoy!

German Vehicles

Panzer V: Panther Tank

Panther Tank, ©2014 Reflections of a Rational Republican

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Panther Tank Information

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Panther Tank Front

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Panther Tank Right Rear

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Panther Tank Left Front

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Panzer IV

Panzer IV Right Flank

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Panzer IV Information

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Panzer IV Tank Round

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Panzer I

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Panzer I Information

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Panzer I

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8.8cm Flugabwehrkanone Flak 41

German 88mm

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German 88mm Information

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Soviet Vehicles

T-34

T-34 Front

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T-34 Left Rear

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T-34 Left Flank

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T-34/85

T-34:85 Front

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T-34:85 Information

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T-34:85 Right Flank

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45mm Anti-Tank Gun

Soviet 45mm Anti-Tank Gun

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Soviet 45mm Anti-Tank Gun Information

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American Vehicles

M4A1 Sherman/Grizzly I

Sherman Tank Front

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Sherman Tank Information

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M4A3(105)HVSS Sherman

M4A3 Sherman

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M4A3 Sherman Information

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About Sean Patrick Hazlett

Conservative clean energy crusader, national security hawk, financial analyst, engineer, and former military officer.
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2 Responses to Tank Research

  1. Alice Rennie says:

    Sean, if you visit us in Bolton, MA, you can visit the tanks – Stow MA is the next town to the east. Regards, Alice R.

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