Top 8 Most Unusual Tanks in the History – You wouldn’t believe they are real
Sometimes the fantasies of tank builders have given birth to amazing, but unfit for military reality monsters. And sometimes there have been just eccentric concepts, which have been not going to reach mass production. We decided to show in the article 8 most weird tanks that have been created by enthusiastic flight of designers’ idea.
1 Armored All
Terrain Vehicle. If the films about James Bond had been filmed in 1899, exactly, this British unit would be a transport of the agent 007. It had an engine of 1,5 horsepower, four wheels, bicycle saddle, and a gun. This Armored ATV protects only a torso and a head of the driver. Possibility of the machine is extremely low, that is why it had not reached mass production.
2 The Tsar
Tank. The Tsar-Bell, the Tsar-Cannon… and then had appeared the Tsar-Tank, both cumbersome and inefficient in practice. Designed by engineer Nikolai Lebedenko before WWI, this unit had not been even a tank but a wheeled combat vehicle. Chassis consisted of two huge front wheels of 9 meters in diameter, supplemented by a rear roller of meter and a half. In 1915 Lebedenko had presented his project to Nicholas II, and he admired the project and let the implementation and testing of the prototype. During tests in the forest, however, the rear roller of the tank had so much stunk in the mud that even the most powerful engines “Maybach” taken from the downed German airship could not pull it out.
3 The Italian Self
Propelled Gun. The contemporary of Tsar-Tank had been used during the WWI. It is one of the weirdest models of the tanks ever; too little information about it has been left. It is known, however, that in addition to the large size and unusual appearance the tank had a gun of 305 mm caliber and could shoot at a range of 17.5 km.
4 The Tracklayer Best 75
This tank is the answer of the American industry to news about the use of tanks in WWI. It had been developed by C.L. Best Company in 1916, that is why this machine is sometimes called Best Tank. In fact, it is a tractor of the same company with an armored framework with a tower, two machine guns and cannon. Most of all, this model is similar to the upturned boat. However, the Military Commission had not let the machine to reach mass production; the reasons were too small visibility, thin armor, and low control ability (he could ride almost only in a straight line).
5 The Tortuge Tank
The tank had been developed in Venezuela in 1934 with a clear purpose – to intimidate neighboring Colombia. Intimidation, to be frank, is quite questionable, since “Tortuga” in translation from Spanish means “turtle”. The armor of the tank in the form of a pyramid was attached to the four-wheel truck Ford, in the tower of the tank was the only its weapon – 7 mm gun Mark 4b. In general, 7 such machines had been built.
6 The Bob Semple Tank
New Zealand also wanted its own tank, having heard about the tremendous tank battles in the fields of the world wars. In the 1940s, New Zealanders without having a sufficient industrial base had completed an armored vehicle in the form of a tractor, which had been plastered with metal and stuffed with light guns Bren of 7.62 mm caliber. That resulted not in the best in the world, but at least in working tank. The tank had been given a name of the then minister of construction, Bob Semple. However, the tank had not reached the mass production because of its numerous problems in the construction and design.
About this tank, the only example of which weighs 1.8 tons and is located in museum of armor in Kubinka, almost nothing is known. Yet, there are some obvious things: this tank-ball had been created in Nazi Germany by the Krupp Company and has been captured by Soviet troops in 1945. Its purpose is supposed to be an adjustment of artillery strikes.
8 The Flying Tank A-40
The tank had been created by Soviet aircraft maker Antonov on the base of T-60 tank. It’s another name is “Winds of the tank”. It is a hybrid of a tank and air frame, the purpose of which was to deliver a combat vehicle through the air to help guerrillas. However, to lift such a machine up in the air (almost 8 tons), it required to deprive the tank of all ammunition; this has made this machine useless when used in fights. So, its life had ended on the prototype stage.