If you're wondering why you keep seeing tank transporters on Biglorryblog then don't blame me, blame Road Rat as he started it all off with his original post of a Scammell Contractor! Now Vladimir Chekhuta (BLB's man in Russia) has piled in, although with this admittedly fabulous KZKT-7428 8x8 tank transporter and heavy-duty hauler. It's powered by a 650hp vee-12 and browsing through various websites (in Russian) I noticed that a reference was also made to the Faun 'Elefant' as a similar sort of truck. Anybody know anything about that? Meanwhile, for more Diamond T transporters (and Israeli Army Sherman tanks..) click through here.
Regular BLB 'Keeper of the Flame' Martin Phippard writes to me to say: "Having noted with interest the splendid Diamond Ts and Scammell Contractors featured in BLB and then read a comment making reference to the Israeli Army, I remembered that a mate of mine (ex-Israeli Special Forces Colonel - capable of killing you just by looking at you ) had sent me some pictures years ago. So several frustrating hours later I actually managed to find them. I imagine these images are somewhat rare. Enjoy!" Indeed, we will and the tank on the back of the Scammell Contractor above must surely a Sherman, despite all the modifications on it? And here we have Diamond T tank transporters. heaven knows when this shot was taken. My bet is that it's some time around the 'Six-day-War' circa 1967, although it may even be earlier..though surely not at the time of Suez..i.e. 1956 (when BLB was three!) These two are clearly set up for towing a drawbar trailer..although in this instance they have excavators (or walking draglines..? I never did know the difference) on the back. In a convoy with drawbars..parked up a and without anything on the back. And now a rare colour shot. And in tank transporter guise...and I convinced that is a Sherman on the back. In the meantime, folowing recent posts on BLB on the Scammell Contractor I've been e-mailed by Marshall Greer who has his own terrific tank transporter website which BLB heartily recommends you visit! And Marshall, if you read this tell me it IS a Sherman!