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More tank transporter photographs on Biglorryblog--or should that be Bigtankblog!

  • 28 November 2007
  • By Biglorryblog

russtank.JPG 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.

Israeli%20Army%20Diamond%20T%20and%20Scammell%20Contractor%20001.jpg 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? Israeli%20Army%20Diamond%20T%20and%20Scammell%20Contractor%20002.jpg 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!) Israeli%20Army%20Diamond%20T%20and%20Scammell%20Contractor%20003.jpg 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. Israeli%20Army%20Diamond%20T%20and%20Scammell%20Contractor%20004.jpg In a convoy with drawbars..parked up a and without anything on the back. And now a rare colour shot. Israeli%20Army%20Diamond%20T%20and%20Scammell%20Contractor%20005.jpg 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!

9 Comments

  • Marshall Greer said

    The Faun Elephant is given space on www.the-antar.co.uk there are photographs and specifications there. Regards Marshall.

  • Marshall Greer said

    Hi, your right it is a sherman tank the track pads give it away, though modified, probably to deflect anti tank rockets or shells, which prefer flat sides to penetrate. The Diamond tees are probably in the Israeli 6 day war you mention, the cab mirrors are to modern for earlier encounters like Suez. Regards Marshall.

  • BDV said

    For the anoraks: the Faun Elephant tractors used by the German army have been refurbished and are now powered by a more powerfull and less thirsty MTU engine. (more than 600 BHP)

  • cummins lover said

    even more anoraky israel took a lot of shermans after the war and had them for years and they made many improvments to them, my dad drove diamond Ts in ww2 and he said the sherman was aterrible tank and would brew up I.E. catch light very easily also having rotary petrol engines not much fun

  • Don VanDuzen said

    It is NOT a Sherman but an M10 tank destoyer based on M4 Sherman hull.It was not an Israeli conversion,but a mainstream WWII vehicle.

  • keith furness said

    It is a sherman, it is an m50 fitted with a french 75mm main gun,cummins diesel engine & easy 8 suspension.The external mods are stowage boxes, srae track & srare road wheels.It is definately not an m10 as these had sloping side armour & an angular open topped turret.The tans & transporters are also finished in IDF sinai grey.

  • Pete said

    The first photo of the tank on the back of the Scammel is a M-10 tank destroyer (angular sides to hull, duckbill to back of turret), the colour photo with the Diamond-T,the tank is of course a Sherman (modified as the above comment).

  • John Brentnall said

    I drove a D T in Libya from 1957 - 1959 with the R A S C. (National Service) I have a few b/w photo's taken in various locations and still marvel at the responsibility resting on my slender and very young shoulders. We carried Centurion MK7 tanks around the Tripoli area and had a whale of a time. If interesred, I could e-mail copies of the photo's. John B.

  • Ted knight said

    Hello John; I was a member of X platoon 38 coy RASC under the command of Lt Grosvenor Talbot Cliff. I arrived in Tripoli early 1956 following two years in Egypt with 44 tank transport coy, and left in December of the same year, which would have been just before you arrived. I would be very interested to see any photos you may have, and in return would try to dig out some of my own to send you. Ted

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