Australian M3 Medium Tank (Dozer) – Part 2

Location: RAAC Memorial & Army Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, VIC, Australia

Date: February 2011

A follow-up walkaround on Australian M3 Medium with dozer attachment and anti magnetic grenade screens.

This is a straight gun tank, with 75mm counterweight, anti magnetic screens. Continue reading

Australian M3 Medium Tank (Dozer) – Part 1

Location: RAAC Memorial & Army Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, VIC, Australia

Date: October 2005

An Australian M3 Medium with dozer attachment and anti magnetic grenade screens.  More recent images to follow.

This is a straight gun tank, with 75mm counterweight, anti magnetic screens. Continue reading

Australian M3 Medium Tank S/N 25154 – Part 1

Location: RAAC Memorial & Army Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, VIC, Australia

Date: October 2005

One from the archives – an Australian M3 Medium S/N 25154.  More recent images to follow.

This is a straight gun tank, no 75mm counterweight, no anti magnetic screens. Northern Australia-style camouflage.  Also of note is the “Lee” type turret with cupola removed instead of Grant pattern turret. Continue reading

Australian M3 Medium Tank S/N 27101 “Ancient” – Part 1

Location: RAAC Memorial & Army Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, VIC, Australia

Date: October 2005

One from the archives – an Australian M3 Medium S/N 27101 “Ancient”.  More recent images to follow.

This is a straight gun tank, no 75mm counterweight, no anti magnetic screens.  Also, note the British-designed “Grant” pattern turret. Continue reading

Ordnance QF 25-pounder Short

Location: Royal Australian Artillery National Artillery Museum, North Fort, North Head Sydney NSW

Date: March 2006

In January 1940, approval was given to commence manufacture in Australia of the British Ordnance QF 25pdr field artillery piece.  The first example rolled off the assembly lines in May 1941, a remarkable achievement given the state of the Australian manufacturing base before the war.

As the focus of Australia’s war effort moved from the Mediterranean to the jungles of New Guinea and South East Asia from 1941, the shortcomings of this otherwise excellent weapon in terms of ability to operate away from developed road networks and motor transport accessible terrain were exposed.

Australian industry again responded and developed a lighter, more readily transportable version of the 25pdr which was able to be broken down quickly into air-, jeep- or man- transportable components.  This involved modifications to barrel, recoil / recuperator and mount.

Further info and contemporary pics can be found in the Wikipedia entry. Continue reading

Early Centurion Turret – Part 2

Location: RAAC Memorial & Army Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, VIC, Australia

Date: February 2011

This is a more detailed set of images of the “bare” early Centurion turret at Puckapunyal to complement our earlier series of pics.

Added due to popular demand (well, one person on Missing Links anyway!).  This one’s for you Karl!

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