The Germans made a number of attempts at building a flame tank during World War II. Various existing chassis were converted for the purpose. Some captured French Char B1s saw their 75mm hull gun replaced with the flamethrower mechanism, while about one hundred Panzer IIs were equipped with double flamethrowers - one in the main turret and the second in a small turret at the front of the hull. Neither was particularly good.
Neither was the conversion of the Panzer III into the Flammpanzer III. After disappointing performance evaluations, most of the tanks were converted back to standard Panzer III configuration. Not to be deterred though, Hitler ordered more constructed in 1944, resulting in the discarded flamethrowers of the Plammpanzer IIIs being installed in StuG IIIs and Jagdpanzer 38(t)s.
.50 Cal BMG
12.7MM Browning mounted on a US WW2 Sherman .
M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer, France, Notice the M2 Browning.
Wooden, and full-sized, mockups of various Flankpanzer designs.
Rheinmetall-Borsig’s 37mm anti-aircraft Flakpanzer, mounted on the chassis of the “Luchs” recon tank is more in line with the standard design seen during the war, where the anti-aircraft gun was placed in an open topped turret.
The direction of development, however, was towards an enclosed cabin for the entire crew. The development program began in early 1944 and the Kugelblitz, armed with twin-30mm guns, was intended to be as compact as possible with a low profile. Although it was considered a rather good design, it came too late for more than a small handful of actual prototypes to be built for testing, with plans for production quashed by the impending fall of the Third Reich.
Competing with the Kugelblitz was the Coelian, a much more imposing Flakpanzer with dual-37mm cannons mounted on a Panther chassis. Only a dummy turret was constructed for testing, and unhappy with the firepower offered vis-à-vis the underlying chassis, it was scrapped in favor of mounting 55mm guns instead, but the prototype was not built before war’s end.
The Flammpanzer III flamethrower tank. Built out of the Panzer III Ausf. M, the tanks were intended for use in the urban hellscape of Stalingrad, but by the time the tank was ready for deployment, the city had been cutoff. Production ceased after about 100 examples had been made, and field performance was considered quite disappointing, leading to their withdrawal from combat shortly after their debut in early 1943.
One of a handful of Panzer III “rail-cruisers” constructed with the intention of anti-partisan operations. The rail-wheels could be lifted up to allow normal off-rail operations using its treads, but when deployed, the tank could reach 100 kph on the tracks.
Otto Skorzeny en su libro VIVE PELIGROSAMENTE explica que cuando estaban atrincherados en una zona llegaron T-50 y les costó mucho repelerlos.
Swedish Tank 112
Guardium unmanned security vehicle (USV) by G-NIUS. It can guard areas and attack any trespasser using lethal and non-lethal weaponry. Source: wikipedia.