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Jacques Littlefield Collection Part 6

Last photo by me, all others by Bernard Zee

1 & 2) Marder 1A2. West German IFV developed in the 1970s. Still in service in the 1A4 and A5 variant, but being phased out in favor of the Puma, one of the world’s best protected IFVs. does include a few unique features, such as the fully remote machine gun on the rear deck, it is overall a simple and conventional machine with rear exit hatch and side gun ports for mounted infantry to fire through. Acquired after the fall of the Soviet Union and the reduction of the German military.

3 & 4) GAZ-46 MAV. Russian amphibious car based off the Ford GPA amphibious vehicle. Developed in the 1950s and has been in use by various former Eastern Bloc countries ever since. Most notable for appearing in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

5 & 6) BTR-70. Russian wheeled APC. The BTR-70 succeeded the flawed BTR-60, and while improving on the BTR-60, kept the terrible dual-engine configuration. The BTR-70 added heavier armor and new side doors below the belt line. However, since Soviet forces were taught to exit the vehicle while it was moving, there was significant hazard of being pulled under the wheels. Still in service with some 21 countries in various forms.

7 & 8) Pzkpfw IV. Nazi medium tank used extensively in WWII. The Panzer IV saw service in all combat theaters involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war. Some 8,500 were produced. This vehicle earns the distinction of being one of two vehicles in the entire collection that could not run. It was acquired from Israel, which had captured it from the Syrians during the Six-Day War.

9) Looking down the front row of Building One. Visible is a M5 Stuart, T-34, T-34-85, M26 Pershing, the barrel of the Swiss Pz. 61, the front bit of the M551 Sheridan and a M113 APC.

10) Daimler Ferret. The Ferret armoured car, also commonly called the Ferret Scout car, is a British armoured fighting vehicle designed and built for reconnaissance purposes. The Ferret was produced between 1952 and 1971 by the UK company Daimler. It was widely adopted by regiments in the British Army, as well as the RAF Regiment and Commonwealth countries throughout the period. It’s still in service with 10 countries, with Pakistan being the largest operator, holding some 90 Ferrets and then Nepal, with 85.

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