2s1 gvozdika


Jacques Littlefield Collection Part 4

Photos by Bernard Zee

1 & 2) M103 Heavy Tank. Developed in the 1950s as a response to the Soviet heavy tanks such as the T-10. It had a mechanically unreliable drive train and was severely underpowered and guzzled fuel like nobody’s business. The last one was withdrawn from service in 1974. The MVTF’s M103 was bought straight from the Army, despite the USMC markings on it.

3) FV101 Scorpion. British light tank that saw extensive use in the Falklands War.

4) Panhard AML-90. French rcheap first-generation armoured car with excellent reconnaissance capability. Highly successful; since 1959 AMLs have been marketed on up to five continents and fifty-four national governments. They still see regular combat today.

5) IS-3. Soviet heavy tank introduced in time for the victory parade through Berlin. It’s thick armor and big gun have the Allies concern and they began to develop their own heavy tank projects, which would culminate in the M103 and Conqueror.

6, 7 & 8) M3 Halftrack w/M16 Quad-50. Ostensibly used for mobile AA support, the “Meatchopper” was a highly effective anti-infantry weapon and was used into Vietnam on convoy gun trucks.

9) 2S1 Gvozdika. Soviet self propelled artillery. This vehicle was captured in the 1991 Gulf War and subsequently bought by Mr. Littlefield.

10) AVLB. Based off the M47 Patton chassis. This vehicle was used to replace a local bridge in the Portola Valley after a heavy rainstorm washed the original bridge away.

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