The Cunningham T1 was a series of prototype light tanks developed in America. They were modified and rebuilt into a number of configurations, but were never formally adopted by the U.S. Army. These were printed on a Creality printer using a file by “Turenkarn” here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2192170
The figure was converted from a Preisser Luftwaffe pilot.
The file was scaled to 1/72 and printed on a Creality LD-002R 3-D resin printer. It is painted as one of the tanks defending Malta in the “stone wall” scheme. The figure is converted from a Preisser Luftwaffe pilot.
Hardcover in dustjacket, 288 pages, photographs, bibliography, notes, and index
Published by Casemate 2007
Dimensions: 6.0 x 1.2 x 9.0 inches
Despite the number of books published about the Viet Nam War, many people are unaware of the role played by armor, or that the U.S. Marines deployed armored units. Perhaps this is due in part to the nature of their employment. Armor rarely fought in units larger than platoons, and often in groups of only two or three tanks. There were no large set-piece battles, the tanks were generally employed to defend bridges or firebases, or to support sweeps through the countryside. The result is the tanks were disbursed and moved in small groups from place to place, many of the crews commenting that they had never even seen their Battalion commanders while in-country.
Not surprisingly, the constant movements and changes in unit assignments have made it very difficult for historians to document the histories of the armored Battalions in Viet Nam. Sweeps and patrols in support of the myriad of operations tended to blend together for the crews to the point that even the men involved were unsure if they had actually been part of a specific operation. I was surprised to learn how vulnerable the M48 was to the RPG-7, a great many crew casualties were caused by this weapon. Another problem was mines. While these rarely totally destroyed a tank they generally were enough to disable the track and suspension, taking the vehicle out of the fight.
This is the third of Gilbert’s “Marine Corps Tank Battles” books which I have read. Like the others, the bulk of the text is derived from interviews with the Marines themselves, in their own words. The opening chapter gives a history of the country leading up to the war which is well worth reading just on its own. The book is well written, and I enjoy the first-hand perspectives from the Marines who were there. Recommended.
A diorama showing the arrival of an Northern Alliance T-55 being welcomed by Afghani militia. The tank transporter is Takom’s MAZ-537, the T-55 is from Trumpeter. Figures on the vehicle are from Paracel Miniatures, the rest are modified from various components to represent Afghanis. The structure is a 3D resin print.
Trumpeter T-55 kit number 07284 built as a tank of the Afghani Northern Alliance from the “Zabati” unit near Bagram, 2001. Markings are from Star Decals sheet 72-A 1050, figures are from Paracel Miniatures.